Blues edged out by Toulon

  • Last Updated: October 21 2012, 17:53 BST

A review of the weekend's action so far in the Heineken Cup.

Leigh Halfpenny claims a Cardiff try

Jonny Wilkinson kicked 17 points as Toulon made it two wins from two in Pool Six of the Heineken Cup with a bruising 22-14 win over Cardiff Blues at the Arms' Park.

The Blues, playing their first European game at their traditional home since 2009, made a superb start when Leigh Halfpenny went over for the opening try inside two minutes.

The Welsh side's magnificent defence flustered the visitors, but their power eventually told.

Wilkinson kicked five penalties and converted man-of-the-match Steffon Armitage's try, meaning Halfpenny's three penalties were not even good enough for a losing bonus point for the Blues.

But the game's major talking point involved Armitage's brother Delon, who escaped without receiving a card for a high no-arms tackle on Blues' centre Gavin Evans during the first half.

The England full-back led with his shoulder and caught the Cardiff centre, who was stretchered off and sent to hospital for checks, on the head.

England international Toby Flood delivered a virtuoso display as Leicester kick-started their campaign with a vital 39-22 victory at Welford Road over Ospreys.

Flood scored 24 of Tigers' points, including a decisive interception try nine minutes from time when he caught his opposite number Dan Biggar's speculative pass and raced 60 metres to score.

He also kicked five penalties and two conversions, with his fellow England internationals Manu Tuilagi (2) and Ben Youngs adding touchdowns as Leicester opened their account in Pool Two after last weekend's defeat in Toulouse.

Munster steamrollered Edinburgh 33-0 in Pool One with three tries in the final 10 minutes as they returned to winning ways at Thomond Park.

A late forwards-led flurry saw Peter O'Mahony, Sean Dougall and Damien Varley all touch down as the hosts seized upon an unlikely bonus point.

With the injured Ronan O'Gara watching on from the stands, his deputy Ian Keatley landed two penalties from four attempts to give the hosts a 6-0 interval lead.

There was more for the home crowd to get their teeth into in the second half, with Conor Murray's 51st-minute try giving Rob Penney's side some breathing space.

Hammered 45-0 at home by Saracens in the opening round, Edinburgh allowed their heads to drop and Munster took advantage late on as they ended a run of three straight defeats.

Leinster went to the top of Pool Five with a solid 20-13 victory over the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.

Wing Isa Nacewa scored the visitors' only try with Jonathan Sexton supplying 15 points with the boot.

The Scarlets, who came away with a losing bonus point, scored a try through Gareth Maule and two penalties and a conversion from Rhys Priestland.

It gave Leinster their 17th successive victory in the tournament and coach Joe Schmidt's 17th win from 19 Heineken Cup games.

Toulouse narrowly avoided a shock against Treviso as the French side hit back to emerge 33-21 winners.

Treviso, backed by a passionate crowd at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, led 18-9 at the break thanks to six penalties from fly-half Kristopher Burton.

Toulouse's Luke McAlister and Burton exchanged penalties after the break before both the visitors' Vincent Clerc and Treviso's Robert Barbieri were sin-binned.

Toulouse got themselves back in the match, though, courtesy of a penalty try and then moved ahead when Louis Picamoles burst through to go over.

Treviso were tiring and the visitors extended their lead when McAlister chipped the ball on for Clerc to touch down under the posts.

Saracens' dominant first half ensured their experiment of staging a home European match overseas was rewarded with a victory 30-13 victory over Racing Metro at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

They ensured their journey was worthwhile as they established a 20-3 interval lead that Racing, with former England back Olly Barkley pulling the strings at 10, were unable to overhaul.

Tries from Chris Wyles and Steve Borthwick put the 2011 Aviva Premiership champions in the driving seat, but their opponents were only fully subdued by Will Fraser's touchdown four minutes from time

Clermont Auvergne, last season's semi-finalists, went back to the top of Pool Five thanks to a 13-minute burst at the start of the second half on the way to a 46-12 victory over Exeter.

The visitors were quick off the mark at the restart, scoring 15 points to regain the lead - which they held on to and increased without reply.

Two tries from Danny Care set Harlequins on their way to a deserved 30-22 victory over Connacht at the Sportsground.

Eric Elwood's men ruined Quins' hopes of reaching the Heineken Cup knockout stages last January with a nail-biting 9-8 defeat at the Galway venue.

Nine months on, both sides threw off the shackles to share out 43 points in a free-flowing first half full of enterprising rugby.

Biarritz grabbed their first win with a six-try 38-17 romp over tournament newcomers Zebre.

Yann Lesgourgues scored the first of his double in a decisive opening 20 minutes as the hosts, thrashed 40-13 by Harlequins in their opener, raced into the lead.

Fabien Barcella and Takudzwa Ngwenya also crossed over before Daniel Halangahu and Gonzalo Garcia struck penalties for the visitors to make it 19-9 at the break.

A second Biarritz burst after half-time, that saw Pelu Taele-Pvihi and Lesgourgues score in 10 minutes after the resumption, saw them race out of sight.

Ulster flanker Chris Henry made some sustained second-half pressure count as last season's runners-up secured their second Pool Four win of this season's tournament and condemned Glasgow to another loss with a 19-8 victory at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday night.

Henry touched down as Ulster drove over after dominating the early stages of the second half in front of a sell-out crowd.

Peter Horne gave Glasgow the lead in a tight opening half, but Paddy Jackson proved the more competent kicker throughout the contest and Glasgow replacement Niko Matawalu's late try proved only a consolation.

In the night's other Pool Four game, Northampton lost to Castres in the Heineken Cup for the second year running after being outclassed and outfought in a 21-16 defeat.

A George Pisi try was not enough for the Aviva Premiership leaders, as their French opposition edged to victory under the lights of the Stade Ernest Wallon.

Paul Bonnefond scored a try after just eight minutes for the hosts while Antonie Classen's effort in the second half effectively put them out of reach.


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