Racing beat Clermont as Toulon suffer battering at Munster

Munster showed Heineken Cup newcomers Toulon no mercy on Saturday, scoring six tries in a 45-18 rout at Thomond Park. Earlier, Racing Metro picked up their first tournament win with a 16-9 defeat of French champions Clermont Auvergne.


AFP - Rugby league convert Stephen Myler seized a rare starting chance with both hands on Saturday as he kicked 16 points in Northampton's thrilling 31-27 European Cup victory over Edinburgh.

The 26-year-old former Widnes star - who switched codes in 2006 - was called up for his first start since the opening day of the season to try and solve the Saints kicking woes and responded brilliantly as the 2000 winners recorded their second successive win.

Chris Paterson got the hosts off to an ideal start with a penalty in the fourth minute but Saints captain Dylan Hartley touched down after a fine drive by the scrum.

Myler - whose chip kick had set up the lineout that produced the try - converted to make it 7-3 but the hosts were back in front in the 11th minute.

Allan Jacobsen bulldozed his way in from 10 metres out - after a nice lay-off by Mike Blair - including in his repertoire a delightful sidestep not usually associated with prop forwards.

Myler, who had not started a match since the opening game of the season against Leicester, drew the sides level in the 21st minute with a finely struck penalty from just inside the Edinburgh half.

However, Edinburgh went back in front in the 26th minute through a stunning try that started with them turning the ball over in their own 22 and running it back down the ptich with both the Blair brothers, Mike and David involved and ending with Netani Talei, who had started the break, touching down in the corner.

Paterson converted to make it 17-10 but Myler converted another penalty shortly before the half hour mark to put the Saints just four points adrift.

Edinburgh, though, were virtually untouchable when they had the ball in their hands and try number three shortly followed with another fine passing move culminating with Ben Kearns touching down for the second match in succession.

Paterson converted to make it 24-13 but Myler stepped up to keep the visitors in touch with yet another three-pointer to make it an eight point deficit.

And the Saints were really on the march as on the stroke of the half-time whistle James Downey scored in the corner and although Myler could not convert it, it left Edinburgh leading by just three points at the interval.

Paterson extended the lead with a penalty early in the second-half but the English side scored their third try through Paul Diggins and with Myler adding the conversion they took the lead for the first time since the eighth minute.

Myler added another penalty shortly after the hour mark to round off the scoring.

Racing Metro bounced back from their opening humbling by Leinster to defeat French rivals Clermont 16-9 and record their second successive win over them this season to further erase the bitterness felt from a controversial Top 14 semi-final defeat last term.

There was just the one try in the match from veteran back Sireli Bobo for Racing-Metro, the only consolation for Clermont was they garnered a bonus defensive point.

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