Matt Giteau scored his eighth try in as many Top 14 matches this season to help Toulon to a 37-17 win over Bordeaux-Begles on Friday.
Matt Giteau scored his eighth try in as many Top 14 matches this season to help Toulon to a 37-17 win over Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Felix Mayol on Friday.
Giteau scored one of Toulon's three second-half tries as the European champions upped the tempo after having been held at 12-all at the interval.
Ali Williams and Delon Armitage also touched down for RCT while Jonny Wilkinson celebrated his recent marriage by kicking 22 points to provisionally take Toulon back to the summit of the standings.
Giteau is also the league's top try-scorer so far this season.
A disappointing kicking display in his team's 13-12 loss to Toulouse last weekend, Wilkinson was coolness personified despite ending the game with his head bandaged after a nasty clash.
He was responsible for all of his team's points in the first period with Pierre Bernard matching his illustrious counterpart for accuracy with the boot.
But the momentum of the match shifted two minutes into the second half when Bordeaux centre Felix Le Bourhis was yellow-carded for a late tackle on Toulon scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde.
In the 10 minutes he was off the field, Toulon stretched their advantage to 22-12 with Giteau grabbing the opening try by bursting through an inviting gap to score beneath the posts.
Williams extended the lead to 27-12 when Wilkinson unleashed a smart, crossfield punt over the Bordeaux defence where the veteran Kiwi collected to score in the corner.
Fiji winger Metuisela Talebula scored Bordeaux's lone try of the night just three minutes later to cut the deficit to 27-17, but a Wilkinson drop goal — his second of the night — made it 30-12 before Armitage sprinted over for a last minute score for Toulon.
Tries: Giteau, Williams, Armitage
Cons: Wilkinson 2
Pens: Wilkinson 4
Drops: Wilkinson 2
Yellow card: Mitchell
Yellow card: Le Bourhis
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Sebastien Tillous Borde, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Pierrick Gunther, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Jean charles Orioli, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Bakkies Botha, 19 Steffon Armitage, 20 Frederic Michalak, 21 Maxime Mermoz, 22 Alexis Palisson, 23 Martin Castrogiovanni.
Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 13 Felix Le bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis Madaule, 5 Alikisio Fakate, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Albert Toetu, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Jean Batiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Adam Jaulhac, 19 Cameron Treloar, 20 Taiasina Tuifua, 21 Emmanuel Saubusse, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Silviu Florea.