Bath keep hopes alive with stunning win away to Toulouse

Francois Louw claims bonus-point try late on for English side

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

 

European Champions Cup round-up: Francois Louw scored Bath’s fourth try in the closing stages to complete a bonus-point 35-18 European Champions Cup victory at Toulouse.

Louw dived over eight minutes from time to complete an impressive win at Stade Ernest-Wallon for Mike Ford’s side.

Matt Banahan, Chris Cook and Jonathan Joseph all crossed in the first half as Bath raced into a 25-7 lead.

Toulouse responded through Yoann Maestri and Yoann Huget, but 15 points George Ford completed a victory that keeps Bath in the Champions Cup for at least the final week of pool games.

The late bonus point puts them one point ahead of Glasgow Warriors in Pool 4 after the Scottish side failed to get a fourth in their 21-10 win over Montpellier at Scotstoun.

DTH van der Merwe scored a hat-trick of tries in the game as Glasgow came from behind to defeat the French side.

Glasgow went for the four-try bonus point from the start but only managed a single converted touchdown from Van Der Merwe before the break and found themselves behind after Thibaut Privat’s try, which was converted by Ben Lucas, who had also kicked an earlier penalty.

Glasgow continued their tactic of pinning Montpellier back with penalties in the second half and were rewarded with two more Van Der Merwe tries, both converted by Finn Russell.

Bath host Glasgow at The Recreation Ground in the final round of pool matches with Toulouse away to Montpellier.

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