Saffa-laden Sarries down Harlequins
30 Sep 2012
Keo.co.za wraps up this weekend’s European action.
In the English Premiership, Saracens returned to winning ways by downing Harlequins 18-16 at The Stoop. It was the defending champions’ first loss of the campaign.
Sarries, who suffered a shock defeat to Exeter Chiefs last weekend, edged the win thanks to flyhalf Owen Farrell, who kicked all the points via six penalties. Seven South African-born players featured in the victors’ match-day squad (inside centre Brad Barritt, hooker Schalk Brits, tighthead prop Petrus du Plessis, lock Alistair Hargreaves, No 8 Ernst Joubert, reserve hooker John Smit and replacement prop Matt Stevens).
In other results, Northampton Saints remained the only unbeaten team in the league as they eased to a 24-6 win over the London Wasps at Franklin’s Garden. Bath downed the Sale Sharks 31-10 at the Rec, while the Leicester Tigers smashed Exeter 30-6 at Welford Road.
In the French Top 14, Toulouse ended Toulon’s winning streak as they achieved a 32-9 victory at the Stade Ernest Wallon.
Toulon were victorious during their opening six games, but were taught a lesson by the defending champions, who cruised to victory with New Zealand flyhalf Luke McAlister grabbing a 27-point haul via a try, six penalties and two conversions. Lock Yoann Maestri also crossed the chalk.
In other results, Stade Francais continued their nightmare campaign with a 28-25 loss to Clermont. New boys Grenoble handed Racing Metro a 27-13 defeat, while Agen achieved their third consecutive win against Bordeaux (19-15).
In the Pro12, Ulster powered to the top of the league after their 48-19 thrashing of the Cardiff Blues at Arms Park.
The Northern Irish club scored seven tries, with No 8 Nick Williams and wing Tommy Bowe securing a brace each. Ulster are the only undefeated team on the log.
In other results, Leinster and Munster both fell to Connact (34-6) and the Ospreys (30-15) respectively. Treviso shocked former table toppers Scarlets with a 22-20 win at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo.
Harlequins 16 Saracens 18
London Welsh 25 Gloucester 31
Bath 31 Sale Sharks 10
Leicester Tigers 30 Exeter Chiefs 8
Northampton Saints 24 London Wasps 6
Worcester Warriors 35 London Irish 11
FRENCH TOP 14:
Agen 19 Bordeaux 15
Grenoble 27 Racing Metro 13
Montpellier 19 Castres 12
Perpignan 15 Mont-de-Marsan 6
Toulouse 32 Toulon 9
Clermont Auvergne 28 Stade Français 25
Biarritz 15 Bayonne 16
Treviso 22 Scarlets 20
Ospreys 30 Munster 15
Newport Gwent Dragons 32 Edinburgh 12
Cardiff Blues 19 Ulster 48
Glasgow 22 Zebre 19
Connacht 34 Leinster 6