Toulon remain unbeaten after Montpellier clash

Toulon stretched their winning streak in Top14 Rugby to five matches this season when they beat Montpellier 32-25 on Friday evening.


Toulon were in complete control at the interval, leading 16-0 thanks to a 34th-minute try from flanker Pierrick Gunther, well-served by Kiwi winger David Smith, in the 34th minute with recalled fly-half Frederic Michalak kicking 11 points.


But Montpellier rallied after the break when South African hooker Rassie van Vuuren scrambled over for back-to-back tries in the 49th and 55th minutes.


That cut the deficit to 22-12 before Toulon then stretched out to 32-15 thanks to a try from replacement back-row forward Joe van Niekerk in the 67th minute.


Michalak, getting a rare start in the absence of the resting Jonny Wilkinson, converted as he finished the match with 22 points.


The impressive Francois Trinh-Duc added Montpellier’s third try with three minutes left.

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