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

Nathan Hughes mars a fine display with a swinging arm, Morgan Parra’s injury causes head injury assessment concerns and Jonny May lifts Leicester to the top

Nathan Hughes was voted man of the match for Wasps and rightly so for a fine showing, full of aggressive running. Eddie Jones was in attendance to see his performance and the national No8 jersey is in effect his, considering Billy Vunipola’s long-term injury. Both – along with Joe Marler whose yellow card may well have been red – may have an uncomfortable wait for the citing commissioner’s report however, following a swinging arm to the head of Marcus Smith. It was an ugly moment and one that could mean Hughes faces further repercussions. It would be disruptive considering how Hughes lit the touch paper for an emphatic victory that reignites Wasps’ European campaign, and possibly their season. Sunday evening matches do not make for the greatest of atmospheres but on the back of a five-match losing streak they will not care. Their double-header with La Rochelle is now set up nicely and how refreshing to see newcomers to a competition, that has been won just three teams for the past seven seasons, making such a statement.

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