Wallabies abroad: Toulon draw, silverware for Aussies in UK

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by Beth Newman

Toulon’s Top 14 finals hopes are still not certain, after the powerhouse played out a draw with cellar-dwellers Grenoble over the weekend.

A 79th-minute try from former Brumbies flanker henry Vanderglas set up the equalizing conversion for Grenoble to shock fourth-placed Toulon.

Former Reds flanker Liam Gill was yellow-carded in the 63th minute for repeated ruck infringements.

Former NRL star Ben Barba played the final 10 minutes at fullback, replacing Japan international Ayumu Goromaru.

Matt Giteau missed the game with an injury he suffered close to a month ago, against Lyon, airing his frustrations on Twitter over the weekend.

Mike Harris’s Lyon went down to Toulouse in their match up, 42-26, to leave them 11th i n the Top 14.

Harris came off the bench in the 59th minute, while former Reds flanker Curtis Browning started at number eight for Lyon, playing 73 minutes.

Sitaleki Timani’s Clermont had a field day against Pau, with a 65-13 thumping of their rivals.

Timani came off the bench in the 58th minute for Clermont, while flanker Ben Mowen was injected for Pau in the 57th minute.

The win keeps Clermont second on the Top 14 ladder, behind La Rochelle.

Bordeaux fell four points short of competition strugglers Bayonne in Bayonne, with Adam Ashley-Cooper playing a full game on the wing and Luke Jones comin on in the 60th minute.

None of Montpellier, Stade Francais, Racing 92 and Castres played with teams striking over a proposed Stade-Racing merger that was called off on Sunday.


Peter Betham and Lochie McCaffrey celebrate a win. Photo: Getty ImagesLeicester has taken some much-needed silverware after a dire Premiership season, beating Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final on Monday morning

Lochie McCaffrey and Peter Betham played the game at number eight and on the wing, respectively for the victorious Tigers, while Lachie Turner was at fullback for Exeter and Greg Holmes played 64 minutes in the Chiefs front row.

The Premiership will be back in full swing next week after the completion of the Six Nations.