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Monday 26 September 2016

Last-gasp Mitchell try rescues spoils for Toulon

Published 18/01/2016 | 02:30

Toulon's Australian winger Drew Mitchell, centre, is tackled by Wasps' defenders during their European Champions Cup match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images
Toulon's Australian winger Drew Mitchell, centre, is tackled by Wasps' defenders during their European Champions Cup match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Drew Mitchell's stoppage-time try denied Wasps an historic win over European champions Toulon yesterday.

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The Australian international crossed to salvage a dramatic 15-11 victory for the three-time Champions Cup winners, extending Toulon's 18-game unbeaten run at Stade Felix Mayol.

Guy Thompson looked to have given Wasps the victory that would have clinched a quarter-final spot with a try 10 minutes from time, but Jimmy Gopperth missed the conversion and Toulon mustered a final attack as time ran out.

The result saw Toulon take over at the top of Pool Five and they can win the group with a bonus-point win at Bath next weekend.

Alive JJ Hanrahan played 53 minutes and kicked a conversion in Northampton's last-gasp win over Glasgow. Harry Mallinder dotted down with two minutes left on the clock to keep Saints' hopes alive of advancing to the knockout stages.

Former Munster centre Casey Laulala scored a hat-trick as Racing 92 sealed a home quarter-final with their biggest win in the tournament while also inflicting Scarlets' heaviest defeat in Europe.

Laulala crossed twice while Juan Imhoff, Bernard Le Roux, Louis Dupichot also touched down in the first half that also saw Scarlets briefly reduced to 13 men.

Scarlets cut the deficit with tries from DTH van der Merwe and Gareth Davies in the second half.

But Imhoff claimed his second after the pack secured a penalty try and Johan Goosen and Laulala completed the 64-14 rout late on.

Eamonn Sheridan, who began his career with Leinster, crossed for Oyonnax's fourth try in the French club's first ever win in Europe as they stunned Toulouse (32-14) at home on Saturday.

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