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Heineken Champions Cup – All the action from Round 1


It was an exciting start to the new season in Europe premiere competition this weekend. The competition looks a bit different this time around with all the teams put into two groups.

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It was a late try that added to Northampton losing streak on Saturday when they went down to Bordeaux-Begles 16-12 at home.

They were leading 12-9 with six minutes to go. It was Cordero who reacted quickly after Jalibert’s penalty kick came off the posts and scored the vital try.

Bigger added tow early penalties before Bordeaux-Begles turned things around.
At halftime the teams were locked at 9-9.
Bordeaux-Begles Woki got their second half off to a bad start when he was yellow carded going into the side of a Saints maul.

He was just back from his 10 minutes in the bin when Lucu got his marching orders but Northampton just could not take advantage.


Northampton (9) 12
Pens: Biggar 4
Bordeaux-Begles (9) 16
Try: Cordero Con: Jalibert Pens: Botica 3

Toulouse has given Ulster their first home defeat at home in 26 matches Friday night when they beat them 29-22.

In an thrilling first round European Champions Cup contest it was tries by Madigan, Kolbe and Dupont that gave the visitors the win.

Ulster took the lead early on with a try from Rob Herring. The weather was not great but both teams came out to play which gave us an exciting game.

Ulster gave up opportunities early on to kick for points and going for the line to setup a maul. It paid off when Herring got over from a rolling maul.

The second try did not take long with Madigan got over. Ulster were playing with confidence but Toulouse came back at them with great try.

It was the magic of Springbok World Cup hero Cheslin Kolbe who chipped and chased that reduced the lead on the 20 minute mark.

As exciting the first quarter was the sides went into their shells in the second quarter testing each other in the rain.

With halftime fast approaching, the home side looked like they will lead at the break but Dupont sniped through to give the visitors a two point lead at the break.

In the second half the battle upfront became more intense which saw the power of Toulouse pack sending Arnold over.

Ulster stayed in the contest and with another rolling maul they got Herring over for his second try of the match.

Toulouse secure the game with 15 minutes to go when it was again Kolbe providing the spark when he stepped his way through for the final try of the match.


Ulster (12) 22
Tries: Herring 2, Madigan Pen: Cooney Cons: Cooney 2
Toulouse (14) 29
Tries: Kolbe 2, Dupont, Arnold Pen: Ramos Cons: Ramos 3

Under their new coach Paul Deacon Sale Sharks suffered their first defeat at the hands of Toulon in Saturdays first round of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Sale were able to keep Toulon at bay at first but after 20 minutes their defence just could not withstand Toulon on attack and Villiere got over for the first try of the match.

Louis Carbonal was impressive for Toulon scoring 16 points in the match.

The first points in the match came from a penalty by Carbonal. He added another before the first try was scored by Villiere after chip over the Sale defence to send the wing over.

Carbonel added six more penalties as Sale kept on giving away penalties through ill discipline. Another great offload saw Moyano going over for another try.

Sale did come back at the end with a try by Yarde before the last try came from a clever pass by De Klerk who send Phillips over for the Sharks.


Toulon (16) 26
Tries: Villiere, Moyano; Cons: Carbonel 2; Pens: Carbonel 4
Sale (0) 14
Tries: Yarde, Phillips; Cons: MacGinty 2

Irish champions Leinster started their campaign with a bonus point win over French side Montpellier on over the weekend.


They scored five tries to secure a 35-14 bonus point win in their opening match of the season. With Josh van der Flier, Ciaran Frawley and Dave Kearney all getting tries in the first half Leinster had a 20-6 at half-time.

In the second half Leavy and O’Brien scored for Leinster with Ngandebe the only one that got over the line for Montpellier.


Montpellier (6) 14
Tries: Ngandebe Pens: Paillaugue 3
Leinster (20) 35
Tries: Van der Flier, Frawley, Kearney, Leavy, O’Brien Cons: R Byrne, H Byrne Pens: R Byrne, H Byrne

In a very tight contest La Rochelle beat Edinburgh in their opening round on Saturday 13-8.

Edinburgh did earn a bonus point for loosing within seven points  which is at least something to take away from the game.

In the first half a penalty from Pisson and a try from Raymond Rhule helped the french side to a 8-3 lead at the break.

Edinburgh had to defend most of the time in that first half and only manage one penalty by van der Walt.

In the second half errors from Edinburgh helped Sinzelle to get over for the second try of La Rochelle.

Edinburgh did get over for a try in the second half with Dean’s getting hold of a grubber kick which was not converted by van der Walt.


Edinburgh (3) 8
Try: Kinghorn Pen: Van der Walt
La Rochelle (8) 13
Tries: Rhule, Sinzelle Pens: Plisson

Sunday Matches:

Exeter v Glasgow

Munster v Harlequins

Lyon v Gloucester

Chiefs v Warriors

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