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LionsWatch: Farrell metronomic as Saracens edge thriller

LionsWatch: Farrell metronomic as Saracens edge thriller

The brilliant boot of Owen Farrell helped reigning European Rugby Champions Cup holders Saracens get their title defence off to the perfect start by beating Toulon 31-23 in an enthralling clash in France.

Owen Farrell booted 16 points as Saracens became the first team to beat Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol in the Champions Cup.

The brilliant boot of Owen Farrell helped reigning European Rugby Champions Cup holders Saracens get their title defence off to the perfect start by beating Toulon 31-23 in an enthralling clash in France.

With Toulon having lifted the trophy each year from 2013 to 2015, the winners of the last four Champions Cups squaring off always promised to be a genuine heavyweight clash – and it didn’t disappoint.

Farrell – who came off the bench in the third Test as The British & Irish Lions sealed a memorable series victory in Australia in 2013 – kicked 13 points as Saracens raced into a 28-9 lead before Toulon roared back with tries through Levan Chilavhava and Bryan Habana.

But the 43-cap England fly-half held his nerve to secure the victory with 78th-minute penalty, ensuring that Sarries became the first-ever visitors to record a Champions Cup victory at Stade Felix Mayol.

A proud @Saracens changing room. What an effort from every single player. Capt @bradbarritt leads the post game talk pic.twitter.com/VAaRxmiY1j

— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) October 15, 2016


Farrell was far from the only man with his eyes on The British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand in 2017 to impress as Toulon’s Welsh full-back Leigh Halfpenny slotted 14 points to help instigate the French side’s comeback.

In what proved to be a fascinating head-to-head between two of the best No.15s on the continent, Halfpenny’s opposite number Alex Goode also showed off his defensive credentials with a fantastic try-saving tackle on Habana just after the hour.

Cip’s a kind of magic

Danny Cipriani demonstrated once again what a dynamic threat he is with ball in hand and from the tee as Wasps cruised past Zebre with a 12-try, 82-14 triumph at the Ricoh Arena.

The 28-year-old produced a world-class display in pulling the strings from No.10 and converted all six of the Aviva Premiership side’s first-half tries.

Cipriani also conjured up some magic early on as he drew in two Zebre defenders and delivered an inch-perfect, no-look pass to Joe Simpson for Wasps’ third try, while his man-of-the-match performance helped the hosts to their biggest-ever points haul in the Champions Cup.

.@WaspsRugby ran in 12 tries as they thrashed Zebre, including this from the KO! HIGHLIGHTS: https://t.co/HgqjSGGA5c https://t.co/F0TK9T5CIr

— Sky Sports Rugby ? (@SkySportsRugby) October 15, 2016


 

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