Toulon thrash Sale Sharks in Heineken Cup

Toulon held on to their unbeaten status in the Heineken Cup this season when they thrashed Sale Sharks 62-0 at Stade Felix Mayol.

After failing to impress much last week against the same opposition when they won 6-17 Toulon made ammends back in France and trounced their opponents to move five points clear in Pool 6.

Toulon ran rampant against Sale, who have failed to register much of a revival since former All Black coach John Mitchell took over at the end of last month, with nine tries, seven of them in the second-half.

Several of their foreign stars got in on the try feast, former Springbok Joe van Niekerk scoring two while the Armitage brothers Steffon and Delon also scored a try apiece.

France fly-half Frederic Michalak contributed 20 points, including a try.

More to follow.

Final Score Toulon (17) 62 Sale Sharks 0 (0)


Tries: Orioli, Michalak, Van Niekerk 2, Kubriashvili, S Armitage, D Armitage, Wulf, Smith
Cons: Michalak 6, Wilkinson
Pens: Michalak

Sale Sharks

Match Officials
: John Lacey (Ire),
Assistant ref: Paul Haycock (Ire),
Assistant ref: Brian MacNeice (Ire),
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire),
Citing Commisioner: Murray Whyte (Ire)


Toulon: Delon Armitage; Rudi Wulf, Maxime Mermoz, Matt Giteau, David Smith; Frederic Michalak, Sebastien Tillous-Borde; Gethin Jenkins, Jean Charles Orioli, Davit Kubriashvili, Bakkies Botha, Nick Kennedy, Pierrick Gunther, Joe Van Niekerk (c), Steffon Armitage.

Replacements: Sebastien Bruno, Andrew Sheridan, Carl Hayman, Jocelino Suta, Mathieu Bastareaud, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Jonny Wilkinson, Simon Shaw.

Sale Sharks: Cameron Shepherd; Mark Jennings, Mark Cueto, Johnny Leota, Rob Miller; Daniel Cipriani, Will Cliff; Ross Harrison, Aston Croall, Eifion Roberts, Richie Gray, Fraser McKenzie, James Gaskell, David Seymour (c), Richie Vernon.

Replacements: Tom Cruse, Vadim Cobilas, Tony Buckley, Kearnan Myall, Andrew Powell, Cillian Willis, Sam Tuitupou, Charlie Amesbury.

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