Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action :-: the Guardian

Scarlets’ lionhearts stir the soul, the group of death lives up to its billing and Saracens’ demolition of Northampton leaves Franklin’s Gardens stunned

It is clear the force is not with a side when they become news, intentionally or not, for the “unfair”. Wasps did not appreciate their five-day turnaround for a date at Ulster. This would have been less newsworthy had they not been labouring under a horrible injury list, which was promptly extended by three more during the first half. Ulster’s subsequent 19-9 win felt as if it had been coming all week. All of which places great moment on their home encounter with Harlequins next weekend. Quins have already won in Coventry this season and they are going to have to again after a 34-27 home defeat by the debutants La Rochelle, who strode on to the European stage as if they already have designs on claiming it.

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