Heineken Cup: David Skrela helps Toulouse edge Wasps

David Skrela
(Photo: Alain Thomas)

David Skrela

David Skrela sparkled in front of a partisan crowd to lead Toulouse to a 18-16 win over a spirited Wasps side.

Skrela scored all of his side’s points and was almost flawless -scoring six penalties and missing just one kick, unlike his opposite number Dave Walder who wasted an opportunity to put his side ahead with one minute remaining.

Both sides gave very little away and with the scores level at 9-9 at the half, two penalties given away by Andy Powell handed the French team the daylight that appeared enough to put the tie beyond doubt.

Wasps, however, were not in a mood to lie down and took the lead when David Lemi -on as a replacement for Richard Haughton -hacked through and touched down in goal, only for play to continue before being referred to the TMO.

Walder’s conversion gave the visitors the lead but with ten minutes left, Skrela showed all his nerve to slot a long kick over – enough to take his side to victory.

Bath were unlucky at home as they were edged out by a point to Biarritz, eventually losing 11-12.

A David Wilson yellow card and penalty from Dimitri Yachvili was enough to seal the win despite the West Country side having battled hard from start to finish.

A late Alesana Tuilagi try saved Leicester Tigers‘ blushes as they labored to a 34-29 win over Treviso. A brace from Tommasso Benvenuti and 16 points from the boot of Chris Burton appeared to have given Treviso the win, but tries from Ben Youngs and Tuilagi’s effort just two minutes from time handed the Premiership Champions the victory.

London Irish held off a dominant Munster side to win 23-17 at the Madejski Stadium. An impressive performance from Ryan Lamb and a late penalty from Delon Armitage on the halfway line kept the Irish powerhouse at bay.

A five-try performance from Leinster was enough to see off Heineken Cup minnows Racing Metro 38-22, while ten points from Morgan Parra was enough to guide Clermont past Saracens 25-10.

Twenty-three points from Stephen Jones saw Scarlets past Perpignan in a high-scoring affair 43-34, despite being outscored five tries to three.

Dan Parks helped Cardiff edge Edinburgh by a point 18-17, while Ulster beat Aironi Rugby 30-6 at Ravehill.

And an all-round team effort from Northampton was enough to see off Castres 18-14 while Ruaridh Jackson helped see Glasgow past Dragons 21-16.

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