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La Rochelle hammer Toulon

TOP 14 REPORT: European champions La Rochelle notched up a bonus-point 32-5 win over Toulon to move into second in the Top 14 on Sunday.

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Ronan O’Gara’s side scored four tries to one to leave themselves on the coattails of leaders Toulouse while Toulon remain fifth in the French elite.

“The week was tough after the defeat at Bayonne,” La Rochelle skipper Gregory Alldritt told Canal Plus.

“We didn’t know how to respond to that challenge. Tonight we pleased our fans and we’re getting back to where we need to be for the trip to Toulouse next week.”

Ulupano Seuteni’s try for La Rochelle was cancelled out by France centre Mathieu Bastareaud in the first half.

But the second period was one-way traffic as Pierre Bougarit, Teddy Thomas and Quentin Lespiaucq all crossed for tries.

Jules Favre hit two conversions and two penalties, with Jules Le Bail converting the last try for a dominant victory.

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