European Challenge Cup semi-finals: Montpellier cruise past Bath to book Leicester showdown

It'll be an Anglo-French affair in the Challenge Cup final as Leicester Tigers and Montpellier emerged victorious from their respective semi-final battles to book a place at Twickenham.

By Callum Davis Published: 3 May 2021 - 9.44am

Leicester Tigers will face Montpellier in the Challenge Cup final at Twickenham on May 21.

The Tigers booked their place in the tournament finale after defeating Ulster on Friday night, while Montpellier bested Bath in a hard-fought encounter on Saturday to ensure their shot at European silverware.

Read on to remind yourself of what happened in both semi-final ties of the 2020/21 Challenge Cup this weekend.

BT Sport Monthly Pass

Join the home of live sport for just £25 per month. Get instant access to the BT Sport app, with no contract and no BT broadband required.

Friday 30 April

Leicester Tigers 33-24 Ulster

Saturday 1 May

Bath 10-19 Montpellier

Friday 30 April

Leicester Tigers 33-24 Ulster

Leicester Tigers reached their first European final since 2009 after a rousing second-half comeback against Ulster at Welford Road. 

Steve Borthwick's men struggled to get going in the first half as converted tries from Ulster captain Iain Henderson and Billy Burns put the visitors 17-6 up at the break.

Jasper Wiese's effort then gave the hosts hope just after the interval before Ellis Genge dived over to complete an improbable turnaround. 

George Ford's dependable kicking meant Leicester led 26-17 going into the final 20 minutes and although Nick Timoney's clever dart over put the cat amongst the pigeons, a phenomenal pass by Ford minutes later led to Guy Porter having the final say as the Premiership side put their league form to the back of their mind to secure a date at Twickenham on May 21.

Saturday 1 May

Bath 10-19 Montpellier

Montpellier produced a superb second-half defensive display to come away from Bath with a 19-10 win in their European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Tom Dunn's early Bath try was cancelled out by a Yacouba Camara score as the French side led in the first half.

Bath failed to take a number of good chances on the Montpellier line with the French side reduced to 14 men for a period after the break.

Handre Pollard's last-second penalty ensured the win for the French side.

The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals are at Twickenham this season, with up to 10,000 fans per final allowed, and tickets are on sale on www.epcrugby.com.