Saturday 24 September 2016

Hughes leads Wasps to rout of Toulon as they ease to top of their pool

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Nathan Hughes’ two tries capped a fine evening’s work
Nathan Hughes’ two tries capped a fine evening’s work

Wasps produced a statement bonus-point victory in the European Champions Cup to stun reigning three-time winners Toulon 32-6 at the Ricoh Arena.

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Nathan Hughes' two tries capped a fine evening's work, while Ruaridh Jackson and Frank Halai claimed the other tries as Wasps inflicted Toulon's fifth defeat of the season in all competitions.

Wasps eased to the top of Pool Five, following up their 33-6 defeat of Leinster. Toulon's defeat proved a frustrating opening to their campaign, the reigning European champions still to find their groove this term.

The Cote d'Azur club are yet to discover when their first-round clash with Bath will be rescheduled, the Stade Mayol encounter postponed after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

On Saturday, Leicester took control of their European Rugby Champions Cup pool with a bonus-point 36-3 win at Treviso.

Telusa Veainu scored twice, Peter Betham and Greg Bateman followed, while the Tigers also claimed a first-half penalty try.

The victory rubber-stamped Leicester's place at the top of Pool Four with maximum points from their opening two games, while Stade Francais' game against Munster was postponed.

For Treviso, this marked a 16th consecutive loss in the Champions Cup and they only had a solitary James Ambrosini kick to show for their efforts. They made a bright start despite the loss of key players. However, they failed to register early points, when Ambrosini missed a drop-goal effort and Tommaso Iannone went close in the corner.

Toulouse earned a hard-fought 24-18 win over Oyonnax in their European Champions Cup clash at Stade Ernest Wallon.

The four-time champions fell behind to a couple of Regis Lespinas penalties, but they responded through Luke McAlister's penalty and a Timoci Matanavou try, which McAlister converted.

Maxime Medard crossed to give Toulouse some breathing space, with McAlister adding the extra points once more, but Oyonnax would not go away and Vincent Martin went over for a try.

Gael Ficou's superb 50-metre sprint to touch down looked to have won it, but there was still time for Fabien Cibray to bring the visitors back into it again and set up a tense finale.

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