Toulon keep on charging

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

Toulon secured a 24-19 win over Stade Francais at home thanks to the boot of flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson. The English pivot landed eight penalties to secure the triumph, which sees his club hold a five log-point lead in the standings.

Clermont feature in second place after their 18-11 away win over Agen, while defending champions Toulouse jump up to third following their 32-13 bonus-point win over Racing Metro.

In England, Harlequins hold the lead on the Premiership table thanks to their 28-25 edging of Gloucester. Highly-rated New Zealand flyhalf Nick Evans’ 72nd-minute penalty proved telling for the victors as Gloucester scored a try at the death.

Saracens keep the heat on the defending champions in the league race thanks to their 29-24 win over the London Wasps. Former Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves scored a try for the Watford club, while flyhalf Charlie Hodgson kicked seven penalties.

New boys London Welsh shocked Bath as they won 16-9 in Oxford. The losers struggled without Springbok flank Francois Louw, who’s been in hot form in recent weeks. Welsh wing Nick Scott scored the match-winning try in the last minute of play, which sees his team move away from the relegation zone.

In the Pro12, Ulster continued their unbeaten streak as they smahed Edinburgh 45-20 at Ravenhill. Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar was the star of the victory as he scored a try and kicked six conversions.

Glasgow Warriors jumped up to third with their convincing 37-6 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

European Results

French Top 14:
Grenoble 34 Biarritz 21
Agen 11 Clermont 18
Bayonne 22 Bordeaux 11
Castres 38 Perpignan 36
Montpellier 32 Mont-de-Marsan 16
Toulon 24 Stade Fran├žais 19
Toulouse 32 Racing Metro 13

English Premiership:
Saracens 29 London Wasps 24
London Welsh 16 Bath 9
Leicester Tigers 16 Northampton Saints 12
Exeter Chiefs 33 Worcester Warriors 9
Harlequins 28 Gloucester 25
Sale Sharks 21 London Irish 9

Pro12
Ospreys 19 Leinster 10
Connacht 18 Treviso 3
Scarlets 22 Zebre 13
Cardiff Blues 18 Munster 24
Ulster 45 Edinburgh 20
Glasgow 37 Newport Gwent Dragons 6