Toulouse win at a cost

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Updated: December 9, 2012

Toulouse underlined their credentials for a fifth European Cup when they brushed Ospreys aside in a comfortable 30-14 win over thee Welsh. The win did however come at a cost as they lost All Black flyhalf Luke McAlister and France centre Florian Fritz due to injury.

Toulouse have now won all 3 of their games and have an eight-point lead in Pool Two over Ospreys and Leicester, though, the English side can reduce that should they beat Treviso on Sunday.

Toulouse’s Top 14 rivals Toulon also preserved their faultless record beating English side Sale away 17-6 in a disappointing Pool Six encounter  Jonny Wilkinson scoring 12 of their points while David Smith scored the only try of the game.

In Pool One, Ronan O’Gara kicked all Munster’s points as the 2006 and 2008 champions beat table-toppers Saracens 15-9.

England flyhalf Owen Farrell missed four penalty chances although Saracens stay top on points difference.

Racing Metro beat Edinburgh 19-9 in Paris to stay in contention with the Scots at least having the consolation of scoring their first points in the tournament this season. Tries from Juan Jose Imhoff and Eddy Ben Arous either side of the interval proved the difference as the Scottish outfit remained winless in the competition.

Scarlets went down to defeat as English side Exeter – enjoying their maiden season in the competition – won 22-16 in Wales to move third in Pool 5 and leave the hosts with just a point to their name.

The top two clash on Sunday  leaders Clermont hosting two-time defending champions Leinster, who trail their opponents by two points.