Wasps reach semi-finals
A review of the weekend's action in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
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Wasps secured the final place in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals after a comfortable 36-24 win over disappointing Gloucester at Adams Park.
The win gives Wasps a home tie against Bath in the second semi-final of the competition on Sunday, April 27.
Wasps were deserved winners with impressive performances from Nathan Hughes and James Haskell ensuring the home pack was the dominant force.
Bath ensured that this season's semi-finals will be an exclusively English concern after they brushed aside Brive 39-7 at the Recreation Ground.
With Northampton and Harlequins already through to meet each other at Franklin's Gardens on April 25, Bath secured an away clash against Wasps in three weeks' time.
Wing Horacio Agulla led Bath's try spree by collecting a hat-trick in a 39-7 victory, while he was followed across the Brive line by Nick Abendanon, Semesa Rokoduguni and Micky Young, with fly-half George Ford kicking three conversions and a penalty.
Nick Evans steered Harlequins towards a clash Northampton as he notched 17 points in a 29-6 victory over Stade Francais at Stade Jean Bouin.
The Harlequins tries came from Mike Brown and Tim Molenaar, while two penalties from Morne Steyn were all Stade Francais had to show for their efforts.
On Thursday, Ben Nutley touched down twice as Northampton eased into the semi-finals following a dominant 28-14 triumph over Sale Sharks.
Sale scored first through Henry Thomas but Northampton gradually took control and Nutley's double, plus tries from Sam Dickinson and Ben Foden, gave them a 28-7 lead at the break.
The Saints remained in control for most of the second half, but it the Sharks who had the final word when Viliami Fihaki went over for a consolation score.