Europe’s most prestigious club rugby competition commenced over the weekend and as usual, it was a fun filled action packed weekend. Here is a summary of what was considered the biggest eye catcher.
Wasps humbling at the hands of the champions
The London Wasps were given a tough examination in their opening game in Pool 1 as they were comprehensively beaten by defending champions Leinster in Dublin. The score was 52-03 but it could have been more. A star studded performance from James Lowe, Johnny Sexton and an industrious forward pack swept the Londoners away.
Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers also succumbed to opening losses with Bath doing so in rather unfortunate fashion – Fullback Freddie Burns looked certain to score the match-winning try in the dying minutes, as he celebrated prematurely, he was caught unawares by Toulouse’s Maxime Médard, who dislodged the ball from his hand.
It capped a nightmare few minutes for Burns, who had only just missed a straightforward penalty, and ultimately cost Bath dearly with Toulouse edging home 22-20.
Exeter Chiefs in battle stalemate
Exeter Chiefs were held to a draw by Irish side Munster, Exeter Chiefs appeared on course to launch their European campaign with a hard-fought victory before CJ Stander’s try earned Munster a 10-10 draw at Sandy Park.
Luke Cowan-Dickie gave the hosts the lead at the break as Chiefs repelled relentless pressure from the Irish province, making a remarkable 116 tackles in the opening 40 minutes.
Gloucester Rugby kicked off their European campaign with a win against Castres inspired by Danny Cipriani and Newcastle Falcons made history on their return to the competition with a valuable away win against Toulon.