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Heineken Champions Cup: Five tries of the competition so far

With the Heineken Champions Cup returning to BT Sport screens this weekend, we help you get in the mood for the resumption of Europe's elite competition by looking back at the pick of the tries from the opening two rounds

1.  James Lowe, Leinster v Wasps

2018 World Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Sexton produced a sublime piece of artistry in the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup as champions Leinster put Wasps to the sword to lay down a serious marker to the rest of the competition.

James Lowe went over for the pick of the game's scores as the four-time European champions ran in eight tries - but it was Sexton's slight of hand in the build up that got the crowd on its feet.

An exceptional team try began in midfield as Ireland's mammoth lock James Ryan crashed through Wasps' defence on a short ball from Leinster nine, Luke McGrath.

Leinster recycled the ball before embarking down the blindside where an ice-cool Sexton set up Robbie Henshaw with an audacious between-the-legs pass who in turn sent Lowe over for his second score of the game.

It truly was rugby from another planet from the reigning champions.

2. Sofiane Guitone, Toulouse v Bath

In a match that will be most remembered for Freddie Burns' infamous dropped try - a gaffe that ultimately cost hosts Bath victory - it was a stunning score from Algerian-born centre Sofiane Guitoune that helped Toulouse edge an enthralling game at the Rec.

Todd Blackadder's Bath side had taken the lead through tries by Burns and Jamie Roberts during a purple patch midway through the first half that suggested the Premiership side were on course for a comfortable victory. 

But the home side would not cross the whitewash again and it was the first of Guitoune's two scores on the day that proved pivotal in the French side's comeback win.

Receiving a long, cut-out ball from Zack Holmes in space, diminuative winger Cheslin Kolbe produced two devastating steps inside flailing Bath defenders before popping a pass outside to Guitoune to run in for a score in the corner.

"That’s not fair, that,” joked ex-Bath prop and BT Sport commentator, David Flatman, over replays of Kolbe's silky footwork. “That’s cruelty. You shouldn’t have to defend against that.”

3. Maxime Medard, Toulouse v Leinster

Another Toulouse score makes our list from one the most dramatic finishes from round two.

Reigning champions and tournament favourites Leinster were just over 10 minutes away from preserving their perfect start to their European campaign with a five-point lead at the Stade Ernest-Wallon.

But in a dramatic finale to the Pool A clash, Toulouse produced a scintillating counter-attacking score from long range to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

With Leinster well-placed inside Toulouse's 22 with the clock ticking down, it looked as though Leo Cullen's side would see out the game to top Pool One.

The Irish side went in search of a bonus-point score but paid the price for their ambition as Louis Madaule gambled, shooting up in defence, intercepting a short pass from McGrath before charging into the Leinster half.

Toulouse kept the ball alive with some exceptional offloading out of the tackle allowing veteran full-back Maxime Medard to go over in the corner for the game-winning score.

“Try of the weekend not just for the skills displayed but for the moment and the occasion too. Maxime Médard, a Toulouse and rugby legend, has started the campaign in scintillating form.” proclaimed BT Sport's Ugo Monye on commentary.

4. Thomas Young, Wasps v Bath

A 10-try thriller at Ricoh Arena produced one of the scores of the competition so far as Wasps and Bath played out a thrilling 35-35 draw.

In a game packed with some breathtaking running rugby from both sides, the best try of the game was saved for last.

With Bath seven points in front and trying to run the game down, scrum-half Will Chudley failed to find touch with a box-kick, five metres out from his own try-line.

The skewed clearance found wing Josh Bassett who fed full-back Willie le Roux who in turn set England wing Elliot Daly rampaging into Bath's half.

Neat hands in broken field between Daly and scrum-half Joe Simpson put Thomas Young in under the posts to level the match at 35-35.

5. Teddy Thomas, Racing 92 v Ulster

French flier Teddy Thomas rounded off a sensational length-of-the-field try as Top 14 titans Racing produced a stylish display in a bonus-point win over Ulster.

In a one-sided second half that saw a rampant Racing backline score 41 unanswered points, an inspirational piece of skill from Scotland fly-half Finn Russell began a devastating 90 metre move that saw Thomas dot down under the posts.

With the game entering its final stages, Russell was able to collect his own delicate chip and chase. With Ulster defenders scrambling to close him down, the Scot drew two defenders in the open field before sending Thomas clear with a beautifully disguised inside pass as Racing ran away to a 44-12 victory on home soil.

The result means last year's finalists are now four points clear at the top of Pool Four and are already being touted as one of the most realistic challengers for Leinster's crown.

Watch 10 Champions Cup matches exclusively live on BT Sport on a bumper weekend of European rugby.

 

Highlights: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

Highlights: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

Highlights: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

Highlights: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

Highlights: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

Highlights: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

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Racing 92 make it three wins from three in Champions Cup Pool Four after a thrilling 36-26 bonus point victory over a spirited Leicester Tigers in Paris.

Racing 92 make it three wins from three in Champions Cup Pool Four after a thrilling 36-26 bonus point victory over a spirited Leicester Tigers in Paris.

Racing 92 make it three wins from three in Champions Cup Pool Four after a thrilling 36-26 bonus point victory over a spirited Leicester Tigers in Paris.

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