1. Toulon look unplayable
Defending champions Toulon were in a different class on Sunday, sweeping aside Glasgow Warriors in the first half and although Glasgow came back strongly in the second, they were never going to catch the French superstars. They were 34-0 up at half time and the way they through the ball about to find gaps in the defence was just a joy to behold. The centre partnership of Matt Giteau and Maxime Mermoz was outstanding, as were Chris Masoe and Ali Williams and let’s be honest, any team that can take off Jonny Wilkinson and bring on Freddie Michalak are going to be up there at the end of the tournament.
2. League form isn’t everything
Edinburgh are in bottom place in the PRO12 and Castres are in 11th in the Top 14 so it’s safe to say that visits from Munster and Northampton were not what either team wanted. Yet here we are a couple of days later and both teams have won against the odds. Greig Laidlaw was at his inspirational best for the Scotsmen, kicking 19 points, and Saints found themselves outmuscled in France. Here’s hoping both teams can now carry on that sort of form in the league.
3. Gatland can’t keep ignoring Hook
It’s soon going to be decision time for Warren Gatland as he looks to give somebody the Welsh number 10 shirt. Recent first choice Dan Biggar played poorly at the weekend and hasn’t been his best in the league, and Rhys Patchell’s form has been indifferent. The smart money would be on Rhys Priestland who looks back to his best after a long injury layoff, but James Hook has been ripping up the Top 14 and he was inspirational against Gloucester. He’s experienced, can organise a backline and he’s a great kicker. Everything Gatland is looking for.
4. Scarlets’ Williams are a bit of alright
Three Williams, three outstanding tries for the Scarlets against Quins; Rhodri finished off a great team move and he outshone his opposite man Danny Care all day, Scott scored a superb solo effort and he is surely now Wales’ first choice 12 after Jamie Roberts’ injury and young flyer Jordan created a try out of nothing. Time for the Williams boys to all get Wales call-ups?
5. Dion Berryman should actually be called Dion Superman
I’m not going to explain much about this because words just don’t do it justice. If you haven’t already just watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images