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RugbyU: Connacht stun four-time champions Toulouse

Irish province Connacht produced perhaps the greatest upset in the history of the European Cup on Sunday in beating four-time champions Toulouse 16-14 in France to round off a weekend which saw all four Irish sides win. Connacht, who had lost 10 successive matches since recording their only win of the season over Italian side Zebre in the European Cup opening pool game, had former Scotland fly-half Dan Parks to thank largely for their success as he scored 11 points.

RugbyU: Munster hammer Perpignan to take charge of group

Two-time European champions Munster went top of Pool 6 on Sunday after an impressive 36-8 demolition of previous tabletoppers Perpignan in Limerick. Munster have a two-point lead over English outfit Gloucester, who beat Edinburgh 23-12 in Scotland. Perpignan are third on six and Edinburgh on four with three games remaining. Munster took the game by the scruff of the neck from the start and by the 35th minute were 22-0 up having scored three tries, the last one a scintillating 45-metre solo effort by Irish international Keith Earls down the right wing.

RugbyU: Clermont go top with crucial win at Perpignan

French Top 14 favourites Clermont took over at the top of the table ahead of Saturday's matches with an entertaining 30-23 win at Perpignan on Friday night. Fiji centre Noa Nakaitaci, scrum-half Thierry Lacrampe and left-wing Julien Malzieu scored tries for the Vulcans while the hosts earnt a losing bonus thanks to a penalty try and a score from winger Sofiane Guitoune. Wales international fly-half James Hook kicked two conversions and three penalties for the Catalans.

RugbyU: Clermont go top with crucial win at Perpignan

French Top 14 favourites Clermont took over at the top of the table ahead of Saturday's matches with an entertaining 30-23 win at Perpignan on Friday night. Fiji centre Noa Nakaitaci, scrum-half Thierry Lacrampe and left-wing Julien Malzieu scored tries for the Vulcans while the hosts earnt a losing bonus thanks to a penalty try and a score from winger Sofiane Guitoune. Wales international fly-half James Hook kicked two conversions and three penalties for the Catalans.

RugbyU: Perpignan gatecrash Noves' 1,000th Toulouse game

South African centre Gavin Hume scored the only try as Perpignan defeated Toulouse 19-18 on Friday to shatter Guy Noves' dream of celebrating his 1,000th match with the French champions with victory. Hume scored with 10 minutes left with Welsh fly-half James Hook kicking the crucial extras as Perpignan came back from 18-12 down to condemn Toulouse to a first loss at their Stade Ernest-Wallon home in almost three years.
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