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Dan Biggar's Toulon put the Cheetahs to the sword

By Ian Cameron
Dan Biggar attacks the Cheetahs line as Toulon attack.

RC Toulon secured a comfortable 36-21 victory over the Toyota Cheetahs in their Challenge Cup encounter at the Stade Mayol.

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The hosts opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Thomas Salles, who crashed over the line after a period of sustained pressure. Salles duly converted his own try to give Toulon an early 7-0 lead.

Cheetahs’ Rynier Bernardo was shown a yellow card in the 29th minute, and the home side took full advantage of their numerical superiority when Teddy Baubigny powered over for Toulon’s second try just moments later. Salles added the extras to make it 12-0.

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Toulon continued to dominate proceedings and added a third try shortly after the restart through Aymeric Luc. The conversion attempt was missed, but the French side still held a commanding 17-0 lead.

The Cheetahs finally got on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute when Marko Janse van Rensburg crashed over for a try, which was converted by Ruan Pienaar to reduce the deficit to 19-7.

But Toulon responded almost immediately, with Facundo Isa crossing the whitewash just five minutes later with a brilliant individual effort that saw him beat Cheetahs’ fullback Tapiwa Mafura on the outside to restore their 24-point advantage.

Jiuta Wainiqolo then extended the hosts’ lead with a try in the 53rd minute, which Salles converted to make it 31-7.

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The Cheetahs fought back and managed to score two tries of their own through Cohen Jasper and Rynier Bernardo, but Toulon sealed the win with a sixth try from Jiuta Wainiqolo in the 67th minute. Salles added the conversion to take the score to 36-21.

Matthias Halagahu was shown a yellow card in the 73rd minute, but Toulon held on for a comfortable victory.

The match saw a number of substitutions, with Toulon bringing on Dany Priso, Christopher Tolofua, Beka Gigashvili, Jules Danglot, and Mathieu Bastareaud, while the Cheetahs introduced Mox Mxoli, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Alulutho Tshakweni, Daniel Maartens, Sibabalo Qoma, and Cohen Jasper.

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Shaylen 9 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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