Lockett’s last-minute try narrowly secures victory for Northampton in the Champions Cup match against Toulon.

Northampton secured a 22-19 victory against Toulon in the Champions Cup at Franklin’s Gardens, despite dealing with a series of injuries. The Saints led for most of the match until their former second-row player, David Ribbans, who left the club at the end of last season, scored a try in the 66th minute to give Toulon the lead. Both wings, Tom Seabrook and George Hendy, suffered knee injuries in each half, and scrum-half Fin Smith also required treatment after the break. To make matters worse, Hendy’s replacement, Ollie Sleightholme, also had to leave the field due to injury. However, the momentum shifted when Toulon had two players, Mattéo Le Corvec and Jérémy Sinzelle, sent to the sin-bin simultaneously, leaving them with only 13 men for the last five minutes. Northampton took advantage of the situation, and replacement lock Tom Lockett scored a try in the right corner, converting the score with Smith’s kick. Courtney Lawes was named man of the match, and Northampton continued their winning streak in the Champions Cup, making it two victories out of two this season. Premiership clubs now boast eight wins out of nine games. Full-back George Furbank scored two tries, displaying his strength in the process.

Glasgow achieved a narrow 12-11 victory against Bayonne in Pool 3, bouncing back from their initial defeat to Northampton. Bayonne’s captain, Camille Lopez, kicked the opening penalty after Zander Fagerson received a yellow card in the 28th minute. The French team extended their lead with a try from a lineout drive, scored by Argentina’s hooker, Facundo Bosch. Despite being down to 14 men, Glasgow responded excellently with a solo try from No 8, Ally Miller, covering 30 meters and converted by Ross Thompson, reducing the gap to one point by halftime. Lopez added a second penalty after the restart, giving the hosts an 11-7 advantage. However, Glasgow turned the game around before the hour mark, as Josh McKay exploited an overlap on the left and sprinted to the corner with an acrobatic dive. The final score remained unchanged, although Bayonne’s Reece Hodge missed two long-range kicks that could have made a difference. Glasgow managed to hold on until the final whistle.

In the Challenge Cup, Gloucester secured a 28-17 victory over Clermont at Kingsholm, primarily thanks to Santiago Socino’s two crucial tries before halftime. The Argentinian’s double helped Gloucester establish a commanding 22-10 lead at the break. Jonny May also scored a try, and Santiago Carreras contributed 13 points with his accurate kicking as the hosts withstood a second-half comeback from Clermont.

Scarlets had a night to forget as they suffered a heavy 23-7 defeat at home against Black Lion. Making their European debut, the Georgian club scored tries in each half through Miriani Modebadze and Beka Mamrikashvili. Luka Matkava added 13 points with his kicking for Black Lion, while Vaea Fifita’s try in the fourth minute was the only highlight for the struggling Welsh side who have lost seven of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Scarlets coach Dwayne Peel admitted their poor performance, particularly in terms of speed into the breakdown, attacking play, and scrummaging, where they were frequently penalized.

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