Toulouse come from behind to beat Saracens

A second half try from Louis Picamoles helped Toulouse come from behind to beat Saracens 16-17 at Wembley Stadium in the Heineken Cup.

Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell could have snatched the victory four minutes
into extra time with his drop goal but it fell short of the posts.

The kick brought an end to a tense phase of play in front of the the 61,428
crowd which was a record for a Heineken Cup pool game in Britain.

Four-time Heineken Cup champions Toulouse are now in control of the group
following two wins out of two while the Londoners had to settle for a defensive
bonus point.

Sarries missed out on a dramatic late victory when Owen Farrell’s drop-kick
fell agonisingly short.

Chris Wyles had given the hosts the lead with the opening try of the match
but close-range scores from forwards Christopher Tolofua and Louis Picamoles
turned the game in Toulouse’s favour.

The French made a haphazard start that cost them the first try of the match
as Clement Poitrenaud took his eye off the ball with Chris Ashton storming in
to make a hit and dropped Luke McAlister’s pass.

Saracens recovered the ball and quickly managed to to isolate centre Wyles
up against No.8 Gilian Galan.

Wyles broke the gain-line and exchanged passes with Ashton before running round
under the posts, with Farrell converting.

It could have been two tries as Toulouse turned over ball in their own half
again when Maxime Medard spilled it in the tackle and Ashton kicked through,
only for the backtracking Thierry Dusautoir to save his side.

Toulouse were no more composed in attack as McAlister missed three penalty
attempts, the last from practically right in front of the posts, while he sliced
two clearance kicks into touch with little territorial gain.

Saracens had been warned for their indiscipline, though, and referee Nigel
Owens lost patience when David Strettle tackled Yannick Nyanga off the ball
and was promptly sent to the sin-bin.

Toulouse kicked for touch instead of goal and won the line-out before forming
a maul and driving hooker Tolofua over the line.

Scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain took over kicking duties and levelled the scores
at 7-7.

But back to a full contingent, Saracens were quickly into the ascendancy and
two Farrell penalties gave them a six-point cushion at half-time, while McAlister’s
miserable game ended in a bicep injury five minutes before the break.

Farrell stretched Sarries’ lead early in the second period but Doussain landed
his own kick 13 minutes from time to keep Toulouse within a converted try of
the lead.

Doussain forced a turnover deep in the Toulouse half and then a kick and chase
from Yoann Huget forced Andy Goode to touch down behind his own tryline.

France No.8 Picamoles picked and went from the back of the five-metre scrum
and forced his way over.

With Doussain kicking the extras, Toulouse had a one-point lead with 10 minutes
to play.

Saracens battled until four minutes into overtime when Farrell’s drop-kick
attempt was partially blocked and dropped just a yard short of the crossbar.

Final Score Saracens 16 (13) Toulouse 17 (7)

Scorers

Saracens
Tries – Wyles
Pen – Farrell 3
Con – Farrell
Drop –

Toulouse
Tries – Tolofua, Picamoles
Pen – Doussain
Con – Doussain 2
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Nigel Owens (Wales),
Assistant ref: Sean Bricknell (Wales),
Assistant ref: Wayne Davies (Wales),
TMO: Derek Bevan (Wales),
Citing Commissioner: Richard McGhee (Scotland)

Teams

Saracens: Alex Goode; Chris A

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