Wednesday 18 October 2017

Heineken Cup Pool 2 round-up

Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Talking point

The new artificial surface at the Arms Park has been under the spotlight in recent weeks, but there was no doubting the fact that it contributed to what was a brilliantly free-flowing game between Cardiff Blues and Glasgow.

The Blues' win was orchestrated by 20-year-old fly-half Rhys Patchell, whose reputation is rapidly growing. Lions winger Alex Cuthbert's coast-to-coast try in the final 10 minutes sealed a victory that keeps the Blues right on the heels of Toulon, who remain top of a highly competitive pool after seeing off Exeter Chiefs.

All to play for

At the half-way point of the pool stages, all four teams are still in with a real chance of progressing to the latter stages. Exeter came up just short after a valiant effort against Toulon. The English side will need to show similar dogged determination in the south of France next weekend if they are to spring a surprise win.

Numbers game

4It's not often that Jonny Wilkinson has an off day with the boot, but four missed place-kicks contributed to Toulon's jittery performance. Matt Giteau eventually took over the kicking duties.

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