On the face of it, it looks like a bad weekend for Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in the European Champions Cup.
Saracens’ clash with Clermont was suspended due to the snow and the other six sides all lost but there were plenty of positives to take into next week. And the beauty of the back-to-back festive fixtures is each side has only to wait a week for the chance of revenge.
On Sunday Wasps went down to a heavy 49-29 defeat in La Rochelle. But the French side – who topped the regular season table in the Top 14 last season – are a perfect 15 points from 15 in Europe this season. And considering Dai Young’s side trailed 30-12 at the interval – they did fantastically well to emerge with a four-try bonus point.
Bath came within a whisker of securing an impressive European Champions Cup victory at Toulon on Saturday.
Bath were trying to win their opening three games in the competition for the first time since 2005-06 and scored fine tries through their England internationals Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph. However, replacement fly-half Anthony Belleau collected his own grubber to dot down the decisive score and despite some late pressure, Toulon held on for the victory.
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