Grenoble coach Fabrice Landreau has described new second row signing Paul Willemse as a ‘beautiful 21-year-old baby’.
The youthful Blue Bulls lock has made the move to the Top 14 following the conclusion of his side’s participation in the Currie Cup.
“He’s a beautiful 21-year-old baby (2.01m and 127kg),” Landreau told Rugbyrama.
Didier Drogba was grateful for Eden Hazard’s selflessness after scoring the first goal of his second spell at Chelsea in a 6-0 rout of Maribor.
The Ivory Coast international left the club on a high when netting the deciding penalty in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.
And after returning this season, he was back in the old routine as he scored from the spot at Stamford bridge in Tuesday’s Group G clash.
“To finish with a penalty and start again with another penalty is nice,” Drogba told ITV.
Premier League leaders Chelsea recovered well from the opening Champions League draw with Schalke as the 1-0 triumph over Sporting Lisbon at Estadio Jose Alvalade proved enough to climb to the top of the standings.
The Blues are now set for a double-header against Slovenian champions Maribor, arguably the weakest side in the group, and they will want to secure the first place with another two wins so that they can shift their focus to the league campaign.
With star striker Diego Costa still battling a hamstring problem, Eden Hazard will be relied on to help the Blues break their less illustrious opposition, and with that in mind it is important to note that Ladbrokes has enhanced the price on Hazard to score the first goal from 9/2 to 11/2.
A sensational late brace from Abdoul Karim Yoda earned a 2-1 win for Getafe at Real Sociedad and piled further pressure on Jagoba Arrasate.
Sociedad coach Arrasate has come under pressure following his team’s poor start to the season, which had seen them win just one of their seven La Liga matches – against Real Madrid – prior to Getafe’s visit to San Sebastian.
The 36-year-old was backed by Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay before the international break and looked set to be boosted by a welcome victory when substitute Pablo Hervias put the hosts ahead with eight minutes remaining.
However, Yoda equalised in the last minute of normal time with his maiden goal for Getafe and then grabbed a dramatic winner following superb work from Sammir, who rounded off a superb run by squaring for his team-mate to convert.
France fly-half R�mi Tal�s has confirmed that he will be leaving Castres at the end of the season after four years with the club.
The 30-year-old has not yet revealed where he will be heading next year, although Racing M�tro are believed to be the front runners for his signature.
The official confirmation follows a great deal of speculation, and Tal�s admits it’s been a distraction in what has so far been a disastrous season for Castres.