Six Nations Rugby | Slade on the song as Biggar keeps his cool
Last season’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby finalists had lost their opening two games of the campaign and were down 10-0 before Slade brought them back into the game.
His try, after a good job from Tom O’Flaherty and Scottish skipper Stuart Hogg, tied the score, and following a red card for Rohan Janse van Rensburg he got a second to help the Chiefs to a 25-15 win, chipping with ten more points off the boot.
He wasn’t the only international enjoying a good day from the start, as Wales opening half Dan Biggar kept his cool to score a late-game penalty for the Northampton Saints in their 23-21 win over the London Irish.
And Scotland’s opening half Adam Hastings was just as effective, scoring 16 points in Gloucester’s 31-23 win over the Worcester Warriors.
It was a similar scenario at the United Rugby Championship where Gareth Anscombe, finally back after injuries that kept him sidelined for almost two years, handed the Ospreys six penalties against former club Cardiff in the ‘an 18-14 victory.
Meanwhile, young Italian Leonardo Marin, who was part of the Under-20 squad earlier this year, arguably produced the moment of the weekend when he scored a final goal from 35 yards to allow Benetton to win 28-27 over Edinburgh, with another youngster. Gianmarco Lucchesi crosses twice for the Italians.
Marin may have to wait a little longer for his debut in Italy, with current top ten pick Paolo Garbisi also in good kick form as he netted seven penalties for Montpellier in a 21-11 win on La Rochelle.
The match saw French center Arthur Vincent depart in the first half with what could be a potentially serious knee injury that threatens to exclude him from next year’s Guinness Fall Nations Series and Six Nations .
A man in great shape, however, is Antoine Dupont, who came off the bench for Toulouse to inspire them to a 17-11 victory at Biarritz.
Eight minutes after coming on, Dupont had created a try for Tim Nanai-Williams and scored another highlighting why he was named Top 14 Player of the Season this week.
Matthieu Jalibert hopes to team up with Dupont for France in November, and he helped his cause with 15 points including a try in Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles’ road victory against Lyon which saw them climb to second place in the Top 14 ranking.
Elsewhere, Irish rower Jack O’Donoghue scored two tries for Munster in a 34-18 win over the Stormers, while Leinster’s Max Deegan scored the only try in a 7-6 win over the Dragons .
Finally, Tom Rogers, first selected by Wales this summer, scored two tries for the Scarlets in a 36-13 win over the Lions.