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Dan Biggar's Toulon struggle against Zebre as Cardiff thrash Brive

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Toulon's Welsh fly-half Dan Biggar (L) walks with RC Toulon's president Bernard Lemaitre prior to the French Top14 rugby union match between RC Toulon and Racing 92, at Mayol stadium in Toulon, southern France, on December 4, 2022. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

Cardiff ran in seven tries to thrash Brive on the opening weekend of the European Challenge Cup and end the winless run of Welsh clubs in Europe.

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Kristian Dacey helped himself to a brace with Josh Adams, Lloyd Williams, Teddy Williams, Mason Grady and Theo Cabango going over in bitterly cold conditions.

The 41-0 success was the first victory for a Welsh side in a European competition since December 2020, ending a 21-match winless streak.

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A late penalty from Duncan Weir gave Glasgow a narrow triumph away to Bath in Pool A.

The Scottish outfit edged out their English rivals by a 22-19 score after tries by Lewis Bean, George Turner and Hugh Jones for the visitors at the Rec.

Wesley White, Fergus Lee-Warner and Matt Gallagher crossed over for Bath to level but Weir sent over his kick with seven minutes left to earn Glasgow a four-point success.

Connacht also claimed bragging rights with a routine 22-8 win over Newcastle.

Both teams rotated their squads and despite a close first half, the Gallagher Premiership club were unable to add to their tally after the interval and returned across the Irish Sea with no points.

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Nathan Earle’s try had put Newcastle ahead but scores from Paul Boyne, Adam Byrne and Diarmuid Kilgallen saw Connacht home.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar kicked a late conversion in Toulon’s 24-21 win at Zebre.

A thrilling battle between the Lions and Dragons in Johannesburg ended in a dramatic 31-31 draw in Pool B.

Jordan Williams, Rhodri Williams, Sam Davies and Jack Dixon grabbed tries for the Welsh region, but Davies missed a late drop goal to ensure the spoils were shared.

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Lions also had their chance to take a full quota of points with Jordan Hendrikse sending a last-gasp penalty wide after Edwill van der Merwe’s brace had added to earlier scores by Giovani Lombard and Asenathi Ntlabakanye

In the other Pool B clash, Cheetahs edged out French hosts Pau by a 21-16 score.

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Mzilikazi 3 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

An hugely interesting article. Thanks, Nick. Some seem to find this a poor 6 N, but I think it has thrown up a number of fascinating contests. Ofc the falling away of France is always going to be a major point of discussion. The loss of both half backs has hurt them for sure. But they should still be better. Both France and England could easily have been sitting with three defeats right now, especially France. In England’s case, I thought the try Mitchell scored against the Italians was lucky, as he was clearly held in the tackle , but carried on to the line without releasing and regaining the ball. The English blitz defence being talked about so much is still a work in progress, and Ireland, with their powerful men in both backs and forwards can do damage there. I also thought in last weekends game against Scotland, England were pushingtheir luck at the breakdowns, turning them into a chaotic brawl. A different referee may not see it their way so much against Ireland and France. Ireland’s front row does concern me. The starters have not always looked in control, and Andrew Porter is a worry, as he will now be very closely watched in these next two games. Tadgh Furlong is not the player he was at the set piece, and will need to be on his mettle against the very streetwise Genge at Twickenham. I really enjoyed the stats heavy approach in this article. So much that passes one by are brought starkly into the light of day. Finn Russell’s deadly accuracy, the significance of the Welsh backrow duo, Italy’s attacking drop of under a new coach, as they are coming much closer to winning in these games this year.

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