Anthony Watson double sinks Toulon in Champions Cup to take Bath top

first_imgmatch reports Champions Cup Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Glasgow fall short in Montpellier but Scarlets sink Treviso in Champions Cup Garvey took out two defenders, including Nonu, but he did no more than hold his line as Bath moved the ball right. It was all down to Watson who, after Jonathan Joseph supplied the full-back with an inside pass, accelerated between two tacklers and burned off the coverdefence.His second, which concluded the opening half, was even more impressive. Bath spent the evening looking to attack the gainline and not getting into a test of strength with an imposing midfield and back five. They operated from deep positions to allow runners to go between defenders rather than through them. It relied on quick possession, which the home side initially secured in a breathless opening period in which they scored 13 points in as many minutes.It took them 48 seconds to score their first try. Toulon were given no time to get back on their feet after making tackles as Bath hit them with a wave of attacks that ended with the wing Aled Brew, who had reduced his opposite number Josua Tuisova to a state of stupefaction the week before, creating space for himself and offloading to give the prop Beno Obano enough space to get into a gallop before barging his way over the line. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Bath Share via Email Support The Guardian Their response to Bath’s early dominance was to set up a powerplay period when their big runners, led by Nonu, Mathieu Bastareaud and Duane Vermeulen, battered their way into contact with not a trace of subtlety. Chris Ashton was hauled down by Brew after reaching a kick-ahead first but after Francois Louw, whose power over the ball on his first start for the club since September was a telling factor in the victory, forced a turnover, Toulon worked a move from the front of the lineout that gave the scrum-half Alby Mathewson a clear run to the line.Bath were forced into all-out defence, Jonathan Joseph, Tom Dunn, who made 22 tackles, and Charlie Ewels epitomising the determination of the home side who needed to win to remain in contention to top the group. Toulon had to settle for Francois Trinh-Duc’s 30-metre penalty and, like the week before, seemed to have recovered from a slow start.Then came Watson whose two tries, sandwiched in between Trinh-Duc’s second penalty, gave Bath a 23-13 interval lead. That cushion was deflated 100 seconds after the restart when Nonu’s break at pace was taken on by Ashton who, after being hauled down by Jack Wilson, a replacement for the injured Ben Tapuai, set up the ruck from which Samu Manoa scored.Tapuai’s absence robbed Priestland of a footballing foil at inside-centre. Banahan took his place there and Bath’s game became narrower as tension replaced belief in the crowd. Priestland’s third penalty gave Bath an eight-point lead before a controversial decision denied Wilson a try. The wing scored after taking a pass from Peter Grant that was reviewed many times before being called forward, never mind that the Toulon prop Fresia appeared to have played the ball in the tackle. Share on Twitter Beno Obano barges over for Bath’s opening try. Photograph: Bob Bradford – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images Read more Twitter Rugby union Share on LinkedIn They ended the half in the same manner, quick recycling stretching Toulon, but when Watson picked up the ball infield 30 metres out, nothing looked on. He ambled across the field looking for an opening when he stumbled upon Tuisova, who had been given more palpitations by Brew’s footwork. As soon as Watson scented the wing, he rounded his opponent as he would a mannequin before leaving Hugo Bonneval lost in his jet stream.It was a sublime moment from a player whose stated ambition is to convince Jones of his merits as a full-back. Watson’s pace was the difference between the sides on a night when Toulon were never more dangerous than when they appeared to be vulnerable. Exeter failure to exploit early edge punished by Leinster’s Luke McGrath The Observer Pinterest Facebook Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Mark McCall calls on Saracens band of brothers to stand firm in tough times Toulon Topics Toulon were winning the penalty count, favoured in the scrum in a reversal of seven days before. Trinh-Duc’s third kick reduced Bath’s lead to five points and his side kept coming. Priestland missed a penalty from 40 metres with eight minutes to go and Bath, who have lost two matches here this season in the final minute, tried to settle for what they had. Led by Louw, they succeeded, all heart again.Bath Watson; Banahan (Burns 77), Joseph, Tapuai (Jack Wilson 32), Brew; Priestland, Cook (Fotuali’i 50); Obano (Auterac 65), Dunn, Lahiff (Thomas 50), Stooke (Douglas 66), Ewels, Garvey (capt), Louw, Grant (Mercer 65) Tries Watson 2, Obano Con Priestland Pens Priestland 3Toulon Bonneval; Tuisova, Bastareaud (capt), Nonu (Pietersen 55), Ashton; Trina-Duc, Mathewson (Escande 56); Fresia (Delboulbes 64), Guirado (Etrillard 64), van der Merwe (Setiano 64), Manoa (Rebbadj 56), Taofifenua (Kruger 52), Lobbe (Lakafia 55), Isa, Vermeulen Tries Mathewson, Manoa Con Trinh-duc Pens Trinh-Duc 3Game rating 8/10 Referee Nigel Owens (Wal) Att 14,422 Read more Read more Bath showed heart in defeat in Toulon last week but here a pacemaker made the difference. The England head coach, Eddie Jones, was among the spectators as Anthony Watson, a wing for his country who plays at full-back for his club, supplied the antidote to the French side’s power with two tries of rare quality to take the home side to the top of an intriguing group on points difference.The tries were both down to his turbo-assisted speed. Toulon protested that his route to the line for his first try, on 27 minutes when Bath’s early 13-point lead had melted to three, had been cleared illegally by Matt Garvey, but they had not complained the previous week when Florian Fresia performed the same routine in the build-up to Ma’a Nonu’s try.last_img read more

Sandals Resorts adds metallic flair to weddings with new Inspiration

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Sandals Resorts, Wedding Posted by TORONTO — Destination wedding fever has begun, with Sandals Resorts launching its 10th and latest wedding inspiration, ‘Band of Gold’.As part of the ‘Aisle to Isle’ destination wedding experience at Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, ‘Band of Gold’ allows couples to personalize their wedding day with “stunning metallic flair” and sapphire and white blooms, says the company.Ceremony décor is available with gold or sapphire fabric against a white ceremony structure, with various seating décor available for white Chiavari chairs ranging from gold chair backs with floral or non-floral accents, to gold or sapphire chair covers with non-floral accents.Couples can also jazz up the celebration with gold-covered ottomans, as well as far décor and reception table linens decked out in brushed gold/crème.‘Band of Gold’ is available for sale now, for weddings at Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts taking place after Nov. 1, 2018.With the ‘Aisle to Isle’ destination wedding experience, Sandals has replaced wedding packages and themes with ‘inspirations’ in response to millennial brides and grooms seeking inspiration and information above all else.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“It’s the golden age of destination weddings, and our newest inspiration, Band of Gold, gives brides and grooms even more choice when it comes to bringing their personalized vision to life in the Caribbean,” said Marsha-Ann Brown, director of romance for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts. “Personalization is paramount, and ‘Aisle to Isle’ gives couples the exact tools they need to create a celebration that’s singularly theirs. As we say, weddings should be ‘inspired by love, created by you, only at Sandals’.”Sandals offers a free wedding to couples who book three nights or more that includes everything from a personal wedding planning team to the cake. Plus, the more people couples bring to their wedding, the more ‘Bells & Whistles’ are included.Couples can also ‘test-drive’ their destination wedding and honeymoon with a two-night stay, including a sneak peek of venues, wedding linens, cake options and more, starting at US$500 per couple.For more information, call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283 or visit www.sandals.com/weddings/inspirations/. Sharecenter_img Thursday, September 13, 2018 Sandals Resorts adds “metallic flair” to weddings with new Inspiration << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more