Thursday 18 January 2018

European watch: Toulouse win away as form improves

Toulouse's Christipher Tolofua (C) runs ahead of Stade Francais' flanker Raphael Lakafia (L) and prop Rabah Slimani (R) at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's Christipher Tolofua (C) runs ahead of Stade Francais' flanker Raphael Lakafia (L) and prop Rabah Slimani (R) at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Declan Rooney

It has often been said that the Italian team are notoriously bad travellers in the Pro12, and Connacht will hope for a similar display from Zebre tomorrow to the one they produced against Leinster last weekend.

The concession of ten tries and being on the receiving end of Leinster's largest ever win in the league is a couple of unwanted records for the Italians, but expect to see a much improved display in Galway tomorrow.

Two Edoardo Padovani penalties had Zebre well in contention by the 25th minute mark, but once Luke McGrath ran in Leinster's third try a minute later, Zebre's challenge deteriorated to a 70-6 defeat.

Elsewhere, Connacht's main rivals in the race for top spot, Wasps, maintained their position as leaders of the English Premiership after their 22-16 victory over Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena.

Early tries from Christian Wade, Tommy Taylor and Dan Robson put Wasps well in control, but they were made to fight for the win after Tigers replied through Peter Betham's try and Freddie Burns' and Owen Williams' kicking.

And in the Top 14, Toulouse showed their form is on the up after a rare away win in the division lifted them up to fourth place.

Two late Yoann Huget tries in as many minutes saw Toulouse claim a ninth win of the competition from 16 games as they beat Stade Francais 18-15.

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