Aussies feature in European thrillers

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by Beth Newman

Toulon’s Champions Cup quarter-finals chances remain intact after a last-gasp win over Bath on Monday morning (AEDT).

Replacement flyhalf Freddie Michalak slotted a 75th minute penalty to win the game for Toulon, keeping them just two points shy of ladder leaders Wasps.

Michalak replaced an injured James O’Connor at the half, with starting 10 Quade Cooper moving to fullback for the second half.

Cooper made the second most metres in the Toulon side, finishing with 10 runs for 69 metres, as well as laying six tackles in the match.

Toulon are second in the group with two matches remaining and two wins would give them a shot at hosting a final.

The defending Champions Cup winners are yet to lose a game at home this season.

There are two rounds left in the Champions Cup pool stages, with sides returning to domestic competitions in February.


George Smith’s Wasps pulled off a thrilling win in the Premiership overnight, beating Worcester 32-22.

Trailing by nine points heading into the final 10 minutes, the Wasps scored two tries in the last three minutes to clinch an unlikely win.

Former Wallaby Cooper Vuna scored Worcester’s only try in the match, crossing just before half-time to give the Warriors an early advantage.

The win puts Wasps in sixth overall on the Premiership table, as well as their pool topping spot in the European Champions cup.

Worcester sits 10th in the standings, with just two wins from their nine matches so far.