Mixed results for English clubs

Over the weekend the Aviva Premiership was put on hold, as all the clubs turned their attention to European glory. In the European Champions Cup, league leaders Wasps entertained Toulouse in a thrilling encounter, leading only 3-0 at the break thanks to a Gopperth penalty. The Wasps held out for a 17-14 win thanks to 2nd half tries by centre Daly and substitute Dan Robson. For Toulouse, winger Yoann Huget scored in addition to a penalty try, both of which fly half Doussain converted.

In pool 4, Northampton put an end to Castres’ hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages with a 28-12 win. The Saints started well with Harrison opening the scoring after 3 minutes, which Myler converted. Castres briefly took the lead through a penalty from Kockott, and a Bias try in the corner. This woke up the Saints attack and, after another converted try to Harrison, Myler then crossed and added the extras to give Saints a 21-8 half time lead. In the second half, Castres hit back and thanks to a try by Julien Dumora, which Kockott converted, along with two penalties, the game was tied at 21-2. Saints skipper, Tom Wood barged over for the winner, and with Myler effortlessly slotting over another conversion, it ended 28-21.

Over in Paris, all hopes of Leicester making the knock out stages was ended by a rampant Racing 92 side that picked up their first European points of the season. With tries to Chauveau, Andreu and Grobler, in addition to the two conversions and a penalty to Kiwi Legend Dan Carter giving last year’s runners up a 22 – 3 half time lead. In the second half, Andreu crossed for his second, in addition to a penalty try and another Carter conversion seeing the game finish 34-3. This was the Tigers’ 4th defeat in a row and all they could muster was a solitary penalty goal by fly half Burns.

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