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Terrific Toulon ease into quarterfinals

Terrific Toulon ease into quarterfinals
Sun 12 Jan 2020 | 12:12
Terrific Toulon ease into quarterfinals

CHALLENGE CUP WRAP: Toulon came from behind to beat Scarlets – and progress from Pool Two to the quarterfinals.

The French side led the pool going into the match, and Scarlets had won their previous three home games in European competition.

However, they had never beaten Toulon – and knew that they had to achieve a club first if they were to qualify for the knock-out stages.

The hosts started well, with a try in the first minute from Gareth Davies, and Leigh Halfpenny making amends for missing the conversion by adding a penalty nine minutes later.

After that, though, Toulon looked like they would be the only side to trouble the scoreboard, with first-half tries from Anthony Etrillard, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Julian Savea and Bastien Soury. Anthony Belleau added two conversions and a second-half penalty.

Scarlets piled on the pressure in the closing stages, and their effort was rewarded with a 73rd-minute try from Steff Evans, converted by Halfpenny.

The match was marred by what looked to be a serious injury to Etrillard in the lead-up to Toulon’s second try.

Toulon has now won 11 of their last 12 pool games in the Challenge Cup, including their last eight in a row.

* In other Round Five action Bayonne stopped London Irish from making it three in a row, as they notched a 27-10 win at Stade Jean-Dauger in Pool Two.

Irish had won their previous two Challenge Cup meetings, winning a 2006 quarterfinal and the Round Two clash in November.

But the hosts came out on top, dominating from the off.

* Bordeaux-Begles prevailed 32-17 over Edinburgh, Calvisano lost 19-47 to a rampant Pau, Stade Francais slumped to a shock 24-29 loss to Zebre, Castres Olympique won 42-14 against the Dragons, Agen lost 24-52 Wasps, Bristol Bears smashed Brive 52-3 and Worcester Warriors demolished Enisei-STM 66-10.

Scores and scorers

Pool One

Castres 42 Dragons 14


For Castres:
Tries: Fortunel, Dumora, Jelonch, Hounkpatin, Combezou, Firmin
Cons: Dumora 6

For Dragons:
Tries: Rosser 23
Cons: Davies 2

Referee: JP Doyle

Worcester Warriors 66 Enisei-STM 10


For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Van Breda, Shillcock, Lawrence 3, Mama, Miller, Heward 2, Butler
Cons: Shillcock 8

Referee: Craig Evans

Pool Two

Bayonne 27 London Irish 10


For Bayonne:
Tries: Ordas, Robinson, Monribot, Baget
Cons: Ordas 2
Pen: Ordas

For London Irish:
Tries: Campbell, Williams

Referee: Andrea Piardi

Scarlets 15 Toulon 27


For Scarlets:
Tries: Davies, Evans
Con: Halfpenny
Pen: Halfpenny

Tries: Etrillard, Dakuwaqa, Savea, Soury
Cons: Belleau 2
Pen: Belleau

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Pool Three

Bordeaux-Begles 32 Edinburgh 17


For Bordeaux-Begles:
Tries: Radradra, Cordero, Lesgourgues, Kovekalou
Cons: Jalibert 3
Pens: Jalibert 2

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Van Der Merwe, Bennett
Cons: Van der Walt, Hicke
Pen: Van der Walt

Referee: Christophe Ridley

Agen 24 Wasps 52


For Agen:
Tries: Correa 2, Lamoulie
Cons: Vincent 3
Pen: Vincent

For Wasps:
Tries: Johnson, Bassett, Alo, Cruse, Gopperth 2, Wolstenholme
Cons: Sopoaga 6

Referee: Sean Gallagher

Pool Four

Stade Francais 24 Zebre 29


For Stade Francais:
Tries: Naivalu 2, Feuteu
Cons: Segonds 3
Pen: Segonds

For Zebre:
Tries: Elliott, Walker, Bruno, Biagi
Cons: Biondelli 2, Palazzani
Pen: Biondelli

Referee: Nika Amashukeli

Bristol 52 Brive 3


For Bristol:
Tries: O’Conor, Attwood, Leiua, Bedlow, Hamilton, Capon, Protheroe
Cons: Sheedy 7
Pen: Sheedy

For Brive:
Pens: Abzhandadze

Referee: Ben Blain

Pool Five

Calvisano 19 Pau 47


For Calvisano:
Tries: Michelini, Van Zyl, Susio
Cons: Pescetto 2

For Pau:
Tries: Dumoulin, Lebail, Tugaye, Pourailly, Pinto, Barrett, Daubagna
Cons: Lebail 6

Referee: Joy Neville

Source: @ERChallengeCup

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