Brive make it an all-French semi-finals
April 8, 2012
Riaan Swanepoel was Brive's hero with 15 points from the boot
© Getty Images
Brive's Riaan Swanepoel kicked all of their points to give them a 15-11 win over the Scarlets in Sunday's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final.
Brive's South African centre Swanepoel and Stephen Jones scored two penalties apiece as the teams went into half-time at 6-6, before Swanepoel successfully converted two more efforts at the start of the second period to put the hosts in front.
Scarlets got themselves back into the quarter-final through a 58th-minute try from Liam Williams but Rhys Priestland could not add the conversion as the French side remained narrowly ahead at 12-11.
With the Welsh visitors unable to put any more points on the board, Swanepoel sealed the victory with another penalty in the last minute to give Brive all of their points and ensure an all-French last four to the competition.
Brive, 1997 Heineken Cup Champions, will now face Biarritz, with Toulon taking on Stade Francais in the other semi-final.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The reopening of the openside debate, a dominant wolf-pack and a sublime performance in defeat - Monday Maul looks at the weekend's talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Rugby Championship alongside the best photographs from around the domestic game
Amy Perrett, the Australian referee who whistled the Women's Rugby World Cup final after handling only six Tests, talks to Jamie Lyall
John Griffiths digs into the distant past to try to establish the identity of an England international whose life is a virtual mystery