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La Rochelle pin Toulon at the bottom

TOP 14 WRAP: Flyhalf Ihaia West scored two tries as La Rochelle thumped Toulon 39-6 – to leave their opponents languishing second-bottom on the table.

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Home side La Rochelle, last year’s losing finalists, made it three straight wins after their own poor start to the season to move into the top six.

Three-time European champions Toulon occupy the relegation play-off spot after winning just two of their opening eight games.

“The table, you have to look at it. If I look at it, it gives me a headache, but I look at it,” admitted under-pressure Toulon coach Patrice Collazo.

“It’s hard, but the results are there, we are 13th.”

West was the star for La Rochelle, who also lost the 2020-21 European Champions Cup final to Toulouse.

The New Zealander grabbed the first two of his team’s five tries and kicked four conversions and two penalties in a 24-point individual haul.

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