Toulon surge to beat London Irish

Toulon sealed the the top spot in Pool 3 with a resounding 38-17 victory over London Irish in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.


London Irish trailed 17-0 at the break but managed to draw level at 17 all only for Toulon to hit form and run away with the result.


Toulon lead Heineken Cup Pool 3 with 13 points and Munster are second on 11 points.


London Irish are out of the running but the Ospreys have a slight chance as they trail Munster by a points with 10 points.


Phillipe Saint-Andre’s Toulon side followed up last weekend’s triumph in Reading with a clinical five-try display. 


Olivier Missoup and Mickael Ivaldi both touched down with Felipe Contepomi adding a further seven points with the boot during the first forty minutes.


The Exiles were reduced to fourteen-men just four minutes into the second half with Sailosi Tagicakibau shown his second yellow card.


The winger’s dismissal galvanised London Irish who upped the intensity in the South of France.


Fly-half Chris Malone and Alex Corbisiero crossed as they dramatically levelled the scores.


Toulon responded immediately and showed their European pedigree as first Contepomi side stepped his way to line to regain the lead.


Former Newcastle Falcon and England centre Tom May then scored a brilliant solo effort before Christian Loamanu touched down with his first touch of the ball.


The French side host Munster in the next round of the Heineken Cup in January before travelling to the Liberty Stadium to play the Ospreys the following week in the final Pool fixture. 


Final Score Toulon 38 (17) London Irish 17 (10)


Scorers


Toulon
Tries: Missoup, Ivaldi, Contepomi, May, Loamanu
Penalties: Contepomi
Conversions: Contepomi 5


London Irish
Tries: Malone, Corbisiero
Penalties: Malone
Conversions: Malone 2

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)


Teams


Toulon: B Lapeyre, R Lamont, G Messina, T May, R Wulf, F Contepomi, P Mignoni, L Emmanuelli, M Ivaldi, D Kubriashvili, J Suta, D Schofield, O Missoup, G Smith, J van Niekerk [capt].


Replacements: J Orioli, S Taumoepeau, M Merabet, C Loamanu, J El Abd, P Sackey, L Magnaval, K Chesney


London Irish: D Armitage, J Joseph, S Mapusua, S Tagicakibau, C Malone, , P Hodgson, C Dermody [capt], J Buckland, F Rautenbach, N Kennedy, B Casey, R Thorpe, S Armitage, C Hala’Ufia


Replacements: B Blaney, A Corbisiero, P Ion, K Roche, G Stowers, T Ojo, R Lamb, D Allinson

 

With thanks to ERCRugby

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