Scarlets won the Champions Cup against Toulon after the virus was removed

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Paris (AFP)

The Scarlets won a 28-0 European Champions Cup victory over Toulon on Saturday, 24 hours after the French club pulled out of the game due to coronavirus concerns.

Friday, less than two hours before kick-off, the triple winners refused to play the match at Parc y Scarlets after claiming that Covid-19 “sanitary conditions were not met”.

A member of the host team tested positive for the disease after last Saturday’s trip to Bath and the player has been placed in isolation and has not been selected for the Toulon meeting.

Organizers of the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) tournament said the Top 14 turned down the chance to play the match later in the weekend.

“Regarding the Scarlets match against RC Toulon in Pool A, Scarlets was considered the winner and got five match points out of a score of 28-0,” the EPCR added in its statement.

The victory takes the Welsh region to fourth place in Pool A and gives Mayol Stadium a mountain to climb to reach the quarter-finals.

Three more matches have already been called off this weekend with Lyon, La Rochelle and Toulouse taking 28-0 victories against Glasgow Warriors, Bath and Exeter Chiefs respectively.

Earlier on Saturday, Leinster, a quadruple winner of the joint record, rose to the top of Pool A by overcoming a very changed Northampton Saints 35-19.

Later, Gloucester will host Ulster in their first game since Danny Cipriani’s shock start in midweek and Clermont from Kotaro Matsushima host two-time champion Munster.

On Sunday, the Racing 92 finalist heads to the Harlequins and Pat Lam returns to Connacht with his Bristol Bears, which won the second tier European Challenge Cup in October.

On Friday, the Wasps hooker turned at No.8 Alfie Barbeary won a brace to beat Montpellier 33-14.

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