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How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties

Scarlets and Toulon meet again on Saturday night

How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties

Toulon showed the Scarlets what they can expect when they head to Stade Mayol this weekend for the European Challenge Cup quarter-final as they notched three penalty tries in their 36-14 triumph over Lyon in the Top 14.

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The home side certainly flexed their muscles as they hit back from a 29-15 opening round defeat at La Rochelle the previous weekend and forced Lyon to concede five tries and five yellow cards in front of a crowd of 5,000.

Veteran Italian No 8 Sergio Parisse pulled the strings in a back-row that also boasted Argentine star Facundo Isa, while the French scrum-half Baptiste Serin displayed his versatility by featuring in the No 10 shirt.

Toulon’s new Fijian wing Ro Masivesi Dakuwaqa joined Isa among the scorers, but there was a blow for the three-time Heineken Champion Cup winners when they lost centre Julien Heriteau with a dislocated shoulder.

It was a different weekend for the opponents of the other team due to face a Welsh region, Bristol Bears, who went down to a 59-35 defeat to Wasps in the English Premiership.

They conceded nine tries at The Ricoh Arena ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Dragons at Ashton Gate.

Having played seven games in the space of 29 days since rugby restarted, Bears head coach Pat Lam didn’t send a full strength team to the Midlands.

At stake this week is a potential home European semi-final for his side if they can beat the Dragons.

The Bears did manage to score five tries themselves to leave with a losing bonus point.

Lam was unhappy with the result, but not so much with the performance.

“Unfortunately that scoreboard is more a reflection of our errors than the quality of Wasps because we allowed them to play. We blew four or five tries. One pass here or there and we could have scored more tries,” said Lam.

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How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
How Toulon and Bristol fared ahead of huge European ties
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