Toulon lose 17-28 against Edinburgh!
Rugby Club Toulonnais lost 17-28 against Scottish team Edinburgh at the Stade Mayol, last Saturday, on day 5 of the Champions Cup. Edinburgh are now top of the group.
Toulon had to put in a strong performance at home and started the game fairly well, as they put the pressure from the start and got hold of the ball. Then, after a few moves, Guilhem Guirado pierced through the Edinburgh backline and made it 5-0.
The visiting team then had more ball possession for about ten minutes and a move by Hamish Watson was enough for Darcy Graham to go past Mathieu Smaili and score Edinburgh’s first try. 5-8 for the Scottish team.
Toulon then bounced back after a fifteen-minute slump. A penalty behind a maul was quickly played and Raphaël Lakafia almost reached the in-goal area. As the ball could be grabbed, it was picked up by Facundo Isa, who scored Toulon’s second try. This meant the home team were leading 12-8 at half-time.
Things became quite complicated for Toulon in the second half, as our players made a few mistakes under Edinburgh’s repeated pressure. Fly-half Chris Dean made a superb kick over the Toulon backline and fullback Blair Kinghorn grounded the ball. The Scots increased the pressure and Toulon could not get the ball into their opponent’s side. Fly-half Jaco Van der Walt then converted another penalty, meaning that Edinburgh were leading 12-18.
Captain Mathieu Bastareaud illustrated Toulon’s strong defensive playing, but Edinburgh got hold of the ball after a forward move by Mamuka Gorgodze, worked their way into Toulon’s side and the speed of centre James Johnstone told, as he grounded the ball for Edinburgh’s final try of the game.
Toulon bounced back again in the last ten minutes and their efforts were rewarded when Julian Savea scored a try, but it was not enough to catch the visiting team. Edinburgh thus won 17-28 and top the group before their final game, at home against Montpellier. Toulon are out of the competition and will play their last game away, against Newcastle, next Friday, January 18th (kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. CET).