Sarries, Clermont excel in Euro Cup

Keo.co.za wraps up the weekend’s European action.

Saracens and Clermont picked up the biggest wins of the first round as the thrashed Edinburgh (45-0) and Scarlets (49-16) respectively.

Saracens scored five tries in their triumph, while flyhalf Charlie Hodgson kicked 20 points with the boot as Edinburgh were kept scoreless at Murrayfield.

Clermont eased to victory as Scarlets wing Morgan Stoddart was sent off permanently in the 37th minute for a second yellow card. The French club converted a 16-13 half-time lead into a 33-point win, scoring six tries in total.

In other results, English Premiership champions Harlequins and Ulster eased past Biarritz (40-13) and Castres (41-17) respectively. Ulster remain the only unbeaten club in Europe.

Toulon carried their fine French Top 14 form into their clash against Montpellier to achieve a 37-16 win.

In the European Cup Challenge, the Worcester Warriors crushed Spanish club Bizkaia Gernika 85-5, while Perpignan smashed Rovigo 79-12.

Bath, Stade Francais, London Irish, Gernoble and Bayonne also won by big margins.

European Cup results:
Northampton Saints 24 Glasgow 15
Sale Sharks 34 Cardiff Blues 33
Toulouse 23 Leicester Tigers 9
Toulon 37 Montpellier 16
Edinburgh 0 Saracens 45
Racing Metro 22 Munster 17
Zebre 10 Connacht 19
Clermont 49 Scarlets 16
Leinster 9 Exeter Chiefs 6
Harlequins 40 Biarritz 13
Ospreys 38 Treviso 17
Ulster 41 Castres 17

European Challenge Cup results:
Bucure?ti 17 Bath 40
Rovigo 12 Perpignan 79
Bizkaia Gernika 5 Worcester Warriors 85
London Welsh 19 Stade Francais 68
Calvisano 31 Agen 36
Bordeaux 16 London Irish 43
London Wasps 38 Dragons 25
Grenoble 59 Cavalieri Prato 3
Bayonne 71 Mogliano 7
Mont-de-Marsan 6 Gloucester 11