Toulon up to third after beating Stade Francais

Date published: November 13 2016

Toulon broke into the top four on the Top 14 table for the first time this season after their 31-12 bonus-point victory over Stade Francais on Sunday.

Toulon raced to a 21-0 lead after 25 minutes thanks to tries from Mathieu Bastareaud, Xavier Chiocci and Liam Gill, which were all converted by Pierre Bernard. Chiocci and Gill's tries were scored against 14 men after Theo Millet was sent off with a yellow card in the 15th minute.

The visitors found their way back into the game towards the end of the first half after tries from Jules Plisson and Ratu Ratini. It reduced the deficit to nine points going into the break, but as it turns out it would be Stade's only tries and final points of the game.

Toulon took control in the second half and scored the bonus-point try through Ma'a Nonu while Bernard added the conversion and another penalty to seal a comfortable win for last year's finalists.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Bastareaud, Chiocci, Gill, Nonu
Cons: Bernard 4
Pen: Bernard

For Stade Francais:
Plisson, Ratini
Con: Plisson
Yellow Card: Millet (15th minute)

Toulon: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Juandre Kruger, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Jean Charles Orioli, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Gregory Annetta, 20 Maxime Mermoz, 21 Axel Muler, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Emerick Setiano

Stade Francais: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Ratu Ratini, 13 Theo Millet, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Josaia Raisuqe, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Clement Daguin, 8 Jonathan Ross, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Emmanuel Felsina
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Aled De Malmanche, 18 Pascal Pape, 19 Mathieu De Giovanni, 20 Sekou Macalou, 21 Arthur Coville, 22 Jeremy Sinzelle, 23 Benjamin Espinal