Friday 23 March 2018

Heineken Cup - Pool 2 wrap

Talking point

For the second week in a row, reigning champions Toulon were pushed close by Exeter Chiefs but the French side's class shined through again as they maintained their hold on top spot.

But it is Cardiff Blues' resurgence that has impressed most. After an abject display in their opening game against Exeter, the Blues have shown tremendous character to go on a three-game unbeaten run that has them right back in contention. Toulon welcome Cardiff to Stade Mayol in the next round -- it is likely to be a winner-takes-all clash.

Copeland shines

Robin Copeland further enhanced his reputation after he won his second man-of-the-match award of this season's competition. The No 8 put in a huge defensive shift in a game that he described as a "dog fight". Munster have signed themselves a real talent who doesn't shy away from the gritty side of the game.

Numbers game

62 Rhys Patchell's 62-metre penalty was the highlight of Cardiff's win over Glasgow -- and the 20 -year-old's kick had plenty of distance to spare.

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