Paris - Defending
champions Saracens battled back from a 10-point deficit to edge Ospreys
36-34 in a European Cup thriller on Saturday as Clermont's French
international flyhalf Camille Lopez suffered a sickening broken left
Saracens, chasing a third successive title, were 17-7 down to their
Welsh guests but despite running in five tries and staying ahead for the
majority of the second period, Ospreys kept hitting back.
The Welshmen finished with four tries as well as two points although
Saracens still sit top of Pool 2 with 10 points having started their
campaign with a 57-13 thumping of Northampton last week.
Chris Wyles, Schalk Brits, Liam Williams and replacement centre Nick Tompkins scored for Saracens.
Their other score was a penalty try awarded for a deliberate knock-on
by the impressive Dan Evans who was sin-binned for his troubles.
In his absence, Ospreys conceded 12 points which proved decisive in the final analysis.
Earlier in the same pool, French international Lopez was stretchered
off with a broken left ankle in Clermont's 24-7 win over Northampton.
The 28-year-old Lopez was writhing in agony after a clash with
Northampton's Nick Groom in the first half and has been ruled out for
The 16-times capped Lopez will miss the autumn internationals as well as the Six Nations.
"When I saw Camille's injury, it left me cold," said Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra.
"We know how important he is on the pitch as a player and within the squad."
Two-time champions Leicester Tigers demolished Castres 54-29 at Welford Road having lost their Pool 4 opener 22-18 at Racing 92.
Leicester ran in seven tries, including a hat-trick by Tongan wing Telusa Vieanu, taking a bonus point in the process.
However, Castres, who were 35-3 down at the interval, assured a
losing bonus point with four tries in the second half - three of which
came from veteran Samoan wing David Smith.
"To take six points out of those first two games is important and
puts you in a really good place from where you can probably control your
own destiny," said Leicester coach Matt O'Connor.
Munster, also two-time champions, edged Racing 14-7 in a game which was deadlocked at 0-0 on the hour mark.
Scrumhalf Conor Murray and replacement wing Andrew Conway crossed
for two converted tries before the French side grabbed a losing bonus
point with a late try from lock Leone Nakarawa.
French flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc kicked a last-minute penalty as
three-time champions Toulon escaped humiliation by edging out Italian
minnows Treviso 30-29.
Treviso thought they had claimed a famous victory when Irish flyhalf
Ian McKinley, wearing trademark goggles to protect the eye injury he
suffered as a student seven years ago, had knocked over his fifth
penalty of the day in the 79th minute.
But Toulon, who had struggled to a 21-20 win against Scarlets last
weekend, powered forward on one last surge which saw a tiring Treviso
penalised at a ruck.
Trinh-Duc kept cool to kick the winning points for a personal match tally of 20 points.
Treviso had lost their opening game 23-0 at Bath but matched their
superstar visitors throughout the game, scoring two first-half tries
from Juan Ignacio Brex and Edoardo Gori for a 14-13 advantage at the
Semi Radradra crossed for Toulon in the opening period with fellow
Fijian wing Josua Tusiova adding a second try early in the second
Bath lead Pool 5 after seeing off Scarlets 18-13 in Wales on Friday night.
Three-time champions Leinster enjoyed a 34-18 win at Glasgow, their second successive bonus point win in Pool 3.
Cian Healy scored two of Leinster's four tries as Glasgow slumped to a second loss.
European Champions Cup results on Saturday:
Clermont (FRA) 24 Northampton (ENG) 7
Saracens (ENG) 36 Ospreys (WAL) 34
Glasgow (SCO) 18 Leinster (IRL) 34
Leicester (ENG) 54 Castres (FRA) 29
Munster (IRL) 14 Racing 92 (FRA) 7
Treviso (ITA) 29 Toulon (FRA) 30
Playing on Sunday (SA times):
La Rochelle (FRA) v Ulster (IRL) - 16:15
Wasps (ENG) v Harlequins (ENG) - 18:30
Montpellier (FRA) v Exeter (ENG) - 14:00
Played on Friday:
Scarlets (WAL) 13 Bath (ENG) 18