Staff, 2022-12-12 00:07:26,
Twelve games played, 599 points scored and three new teams all made for a compelling start to the 2022-23 Heineken Champions Cup.
Eight sides from England, eight from France, three from Ireland and one each from Scotland and Wales were joined by three newcomers from South Africa in a new-look premier club competition – so what are the key talking points from the opening weekend?
BBC Sport takes a look at five things we learned.
Tigers dig in amid Borthwick speculation
There was a lot of noise around Leicester Tigers boss Steve Borthwick this weekend as he is among the favourites to replace Eddie Jones as the England head coach.
But the former lock was quick to shut down any suggestion of such a move in his pre-match news conference on Friday, and that message was conveyed to his players against Ospreys.
Anthony Watson’s stunning solo try saw Leicester come from behind to earn a 23-17 win against Ospreys in Swansea.
Nicky Smith’s try had given the hosts the lead before Harry Potter and Watson handed Tigers victory, despite Morgan Morris’ late consolation try. The result means the two-year wait for a Welsh win in Europe’s top tier competition goes on.
Speaking after the game, Borthwick said he was “fully focused” on facing Clermont next week – it remains to be seen whether he will still be in charge by then?
History-making South Africans enter the fray
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