Toulon win 17-16 against Scarlets in the Challenge Cup!
Rugby Club Toulonnais won 17-16 at the Stade Mayol against Welsh team Scarlets, last Friday, on day 2 of the Challenge Cup.
After taking victory and a bonus point, last Friday, in Bayonne, in their first game in the competition, Toulon wanted to keep the momentum going and they had the advantage in the first ten minutes. Baptiste Serin, who played an excellent game and showed his kicking skills, found Daniel Ikpefan on the wing. He made considerable progress and, when he passed the ball, Louis Carbonel kicked it and Gervais Cordin picked it up to score the game’s first try after nine minutes. 7-0.
A few minutes after Cordin’s try, the Toulon players were pushing for another one but, unfortunately, Anthony Belleau’s pass was intercepted and the Welsh fullback scored a try that was transformed by the fly-half. 7-7.
After thirty minutes, Baptiste Serin quickly played a penalty and Juandré Kruger made a high tackle. The penalty was then converted by Belleau and Toulon were back in front. 10-7.
As the siren blew, Scarlets player T. Ratuva committed a foul on Mamuka Gorgodze and was sent off by the referee. In the first half, Toulon had the initiative, but lacked the finishing touch to have a comfortable lead.
In the second half, Scarlets controlled the game despite being down to fourteen men and, at the 46th minute, the home team conceded a penalty. Fly-half Ryan Lamb converted it and both teams were level. 10-10.
The Toulon players committed a few other fouls and Ryan Lamb scored a penalty and a drop within two minutes of each other, which enabled Scarlets to take the advantage. 10-16.
In stoppage time, after a succession of scrums and fouls by the Welsh team, Charles Ollivon grabbed the ball after a throw-in, five metres from the in-goal area, and eventually grounded the ball, reducing the gap to a single point! The Stade Mayol was silent as Anthony Belleau converted the try – only after the ball had hit the post! 17-16.
Toulon took their second win in as many games in the Challenge Cup and they now top their group. Next week, they will play an away Top 14 game in Pau (kick-off time: 6 p.m.).