On Sunday we saw Saracens, Sale and Exeter all involved in the European Champions Cup. In group 5, Exeter Chiefs entertained Ulster at Sandy Park. After an even first half, which saw both teams leave the field at 12-12, The Chiefs stepped it up a gear to end Ulster’s hopes of qualifying. Exeter’s points on the day came from Campagnaro and Waldrom both claiming doubles, along with Gareth Steeson kicking three conversions and a late penalty try that sealed the victory 31-19.
Over in France, Sale made Toulon work for their victory and were leading at half time thanks to a try from fly half Sam Jones, which was converted by Skipper Will Addison. This had cancelled out ex All Black Nonu’s opener, and gave Sale a 5-7 half-time advantage. This didn’t last long and Toulon quickly regained the lead with tries to Habana, Pelissie and Tuisova, alongside Leigh Halfpenny’s penalty and two conversions seeing the French side quickly take a 27-point lead. Sale did manage a Rob Webber consolation try, but in the end they were well-beaten by Mike Ford’s men, who have now qualified for the knock out stages.
At the Parc Y Scarlets, a last minute converted try to ex England winger Chris Ashton saw the current holders Saracens claim a draw that ended the Scarlets’ European dreams for this year. The Scarlets had led 9-5 at the turn around, thanks to three Dan Jones penalties, with the Saracens only managing a Nathan Earle try. The 2nd half was end-to-end, with a converted Chris Ashton try and Farrell penalty putting the Premiership team in front, only for the Scarlets to regain the lead with a Scott Williams try, which Jones converted to add to his two 2nd half penalties. And that’s how it was until, in the last play of the game, and despite the Scarlets best attempts, Chris Ashton touched down for his second try of the game, with Owen Farrell claiming the extras it finished 22-22.