European Champions Cup: Wasps 16-24 Toulouse

Nathan Hughes
The game against Toulouse was Nathan Hughes' second match back for his club
Wasps: (13) 16
Try: Rowlands Con: Sopoaga Pen: Sopoaga, Daly 2
Toulouse: (11) 24
Tries: Kolbe, Guitoune Con: Ramos Pen: Ramos 4

England forward Nathan Hughes suffered a pelvis injury as Wasps' miserable Champions Cup campaign continued with defeat by Toulouse.

Tries from South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe and Sofiane Guitoune helped the French side to the top of Pool One.

Wasps claimed their try after prop Maks van Dyk was given a yellow card, with Will Rowlands capitalising on his side's numerical advantage to score.

Wasps are bottom of the pool and face Toulouse in France next weekend.

Injuries add salt to Wasps' wounds

Number eight Hughes left the field early in the first half having taken a heavy hit from Toulouse's Joe Tekori and returned to the sideline with crutches after the break.

He missed England's first three autumn internationals after being banned for six weeks for punching, but returned against Australia.

"It's a hip and pelvis injury. He's in a lot of pain but the next 48 hours will tell us more," Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said on BT Sport.

Tom Cruse's return was also cut short as the hooker was replaced by Ashley Johnson.

Sofiane Guitoune
Sofiane Guitoune scored Toulouse's second try

Wasps defence fails them

The lead changed hands constantly throughout the match, with Wasps initially ahead through a Lima Sopoaga penalty.

But Kolbe showed his pace and power as he stepped through several tackles to cover half the pitch and score.

Tomas Ramos was accurate from the kicking tee as he claimed 14 points, but England utility back Elliot Daly kicked two huge penalties to keep Wasps in touching distance.

When van Dyk was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, Michael Le Bourgeois cut through the Toulouse defence and Rowlands timed his run perfectly to go over.

Wasps' defensive struggles continued to hamper them though, as All Black Sopoaga missed a tackle to allow Guitoune to break through and score.

Four-time champions Toulouse went down to 14 men again after Louis-Benoit Madaule stamped on Brad Shields, but their defence held firm to keep the hosts out.

Champions Cup Pool One
PlayedWonDrawPoints
1. Toulouse33012
2. Leinster32010
3. Bath3015
4. Wasps3013

What they said

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said:

"We've got to keep working at our defence, the guys are giving it their best shot but it's not happening for us.

"Our scramble defence was pretty good and we forced Toulouse into a few mistakes.

"We had opportunities with the ball, but we started to play chaos rugby, throwing it anywhere.

"There's no miracle cure and nothing I can say to make it sound any better."

Toulouse man of the match Cheslin Kolbe said:

"It was a great team effort from the boys. We knew coming to Wasps wasn't going to be easy but we implemented the plan that we had coming into this.

"The forwards did really well, they made great carries and it gave the backs a lot of confidence."

Wasps: Le Roux; Neal, Daly (c), Le Bourgeois, Bassett; Sopoaga, Hampson; Harris, Cruse, Brookes, Rowlands, Myall, Shields, Young, Hughes.

Replacements: Carr for Hughes (20), Johnson for Cruse (35), Stuart for Brookes (61), Zhvania for Harris (61), Porter for Hampson (67), Matthews for Myall (67), De Jongh for Le Bourgeois (71).

Not Used: Searle.

Toulouse: Ramos; Huget, Guitone, Mermoz, Kolbe; Holmes, Dupont; Pointud, Marchand, Van Dyk, Axtens, Tekori, Cros, Elstadt, Kaino.

Replacements: Aldegheri for Axtens (35), Axtens for van Dyk (43), Madaule for Axtens (56), Bezy for Dupont (58), Castets for Pointud (67), Mauvaka for Marchand (67), Galan for Tekori (77), Ntamack for Mermoz (77)

Sin Bin: van Dyk (32), Madaule (69)

Not Used: Ghiraldini, Bonneval.

Ref: John Lacey (Ireland)

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