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Black Lion make history as they stun Scarlets while Gloucester see off Clermont

Black Lion team-mates celebrate victory after the final whistle in the EPCR Challenge Cup match at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli. Picture date: Friday December 15, 2023.

Black Lion team-mates celebrate victory after the final whistle in the EPCR Challenge Cup match at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli. Picture date: Friday December 15, 2023.© PA Images

Black Lion picked up their first win in the Challenge Cup as they shocked the Scarlets 23-7 on the road in a victory that sends shockwaves through the game.

Scarlets endured a harrowing evening as they were thumped by the Georgian side on their home patch, with this a defeat that will sting the Welsh region.

Number eight Vaea Fifita crossed in the fourth minute but that’s where their fortune ran out as they were duly routed in a fine display from the away outfit.

The team embarking on their maiden European season were hugely deserving of the victory as both teams go into the competition break in differing moods.

Gloucester get better of Clermont

Elsewhere, Santiago Socino ran in two crucial tries before half-time to help Gloucester to a 28-17 victory over Clermont in the Challenge Cup at Kingsholm.

The Argentina hooker’s double enabled Gloucester to take a commanding 22-10 cushion into the interval and while their French opponents fought back, the hosts had already done enough to post a second win of the competition.

Former England wing Jonny May also touched down and Los Pumas fly-half Santiago Carreras booted 13 points for the Cherry and Whites on the night. 

Story by Planet Rugby

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