Scarlets’ Rhys Patchell scores his side’s opening try despite the tackle of  Arthur Retiere of La Rochelle during the Champions Cup quarter-final at Parc y Scarlets.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Scarlets 29 La Rochelle 17 The Scarlets became the first Welsh region to reach the last four of the European Cup for nine years as they overcame a n(...)

Kini Murimurivalu dives to score against Harlequins. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

La Rochelle 16 Harlequins 7 Champions Cup novices La Rochelle are through to the quarter-finals at the first attempt as winners of Pool One but a spi(...)

 Ulster’s Nick Timoney is congratulated after scoring his try. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster 20 La Rochelle 13 It was tailor-made for Ulster really, a wet and numbingly-cold afternoon in Belfast evoking all the glory days of when Frenc(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney is tackled by Botia Veivuke of La Rochelle during their European Champions Cup round two encounter at  Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle, France. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It couldn’t last forever and when the first defeat for an Irish province in the opening two rounds of European rugby arrived on Sunday it was not part(...)

Ulster lock Iain Henderson is tackled during the  Champions Cup match against  La Rochelle at the Marcel Deflandre stadium. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

La Rochelle 41 Ulster 17 La Rochelle maintained a winning start to their debut Champions Cup campaign by following victory at Harlequins with a 41-17(...)

La Rochelle’s South African centre Paul Jordaan  breaks a Harlequins’ tackle during the victory over the English club at Twickenham Stoop Stadium in London. Photograph: Olly Greenwood/AFP/Getty

On the opening weekend that was, there was something old, something new, and something blue. Of all the statements of intent, none was more ominous th(...)