Edinburgh compound Toulon's woes
CHAMPIONS CUP REPORT: Edinburgh put in a blistering performance to defeat Toulon 40-14 at Murrayfield in a Champions Cup Pool Five.
The Scottish side got off to a great start with Jaco van der Walt kicking an early penalty through the posts and they went further clear minutes later through Ben Toolis who powered his way over the tryline.
Romain Taofifenua then hit back for Toulon when Anthony Belleau found the corner from a penalty to force the attacking line-out, giving the French side a chance to spread across the pitch and reach the French lock who dived over the tryline.
Seconds after Toulon grabbed their first try, Edinburgh hit back with a second of their own after Matt Scott cut through the Toulon line and found Henry Pyrgos who sauntered over the tryline.
A trio of successful penalty kicks from van der Walt before the interval gave the home side a 26-7 lead at the interval, and they would extend that lead in the second half.
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Stuart McInally finished a lovely try as Edinburgh ripped through the Toulon line, allowing the Scotland international to swivel past the last man and dive over, making the score 33-7.
Toulon’s Daniel Ikepfan then went over the tryline after Bastereaud shot clear following a penalty for the away side, but Edinburgh had the last laugh with a superb interception from Chris Dean who dotted down and brought up the bonus point for Edinburgh.
Edinburgh host Newcastle Falcons in Round Three while Toulon face fellow French side Montpellier.
Tries: Toolis, Pyrgos, McInally, Dean
Cons: Van der Walt 3, Hickey
Pens: Van der Walt 4
Tries: Taofifenua, Ikpefan
Cons: Belleau, Trinh-Duc
Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Dougie Fife, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Bill Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Allan Dell.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Luke Crosbie, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Chris Dean.
Toulon: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud (captain), 11 Julian Savea, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Anthony Meric, 8 Florent Vanverberghe, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Swan Rebbadj, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Sebastien Taofifenua, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Florian Fresia.
Replacements: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Daniel Ikpefan, 21 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Rudy Gahetau.
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Ian Tempest (England), Simon McConnell (England)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)