Champions Cup round-up: Pro12 sides endure weekend to forget

Ospreys’ performance in defeat to Clermont the solitary note of encouragement

Toulouse’s French fullback Maxime Medard  scores a try against Oyonnax in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

Toulouse’s French fullback Maxime Medard scores a try against Oyonnax in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

 
Champions Cup

Treviso’s early 36-3 defeat to Leicester on Saturday afternoon set a tone that carried through until yesterday, with Ospreys’ two points from a 34-29 defeat at Clermont Auvergne the solitary note of encouragement.

Leicester continued their perfect start with a comfortable trip to Italy, where five tries made light work of Treviso.

Munster will know victory at Thomond Park next month is needed if they are to wrest control of Pool 4 from the English side who have taken maximum points from their opening two games.

Four-time champions Toulouse came through a tough encounter with competition newcomers Oyonnax to win 24-18 at Stade Ernest Wallon. Next up for Ugo Mola’s side is a trip to Belfast to take on Ulster.

Glasgow faded before an impressive Northampton defensive display as the English side held out with 14 men in a crucial second-half period to win 26-15 at Scotstoun.

Scarlets were left reeling by a Racing side that took to their European campaign at full speed, building a 26-0 lead by half-time before going on to win 29-19 in Llanelli.

Exeter enjoyed a landmark victory at Sandy Park on Saturday night, defeating French opposition for the first time with a 34-19 bonus-point victory over Bordeaux-Bègles.

Olly Woodburn was man of the match as he scored two tries to add to outhalf Henry Solade’s 14 from the boot and a try from former Ireland centre Ian Whitten.

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