Toulon battled to a 15-9 win over Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger on Sunday for a result that moves them up to fourth on the Top 14 table.
Toulon battled to a 15-9 victory over Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger on Sunday for a result that moves them up to fourth in the Top 14 standings.
Despite being down to fourteen men for a total of 20 minutes following yellow cards to Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Craig Burden, Toulon managed to secure a priceless win that sees them leapfrog Montpellier, who lost on Saturday.
No tries were scored in the contest as home side Bayonne took an early 0-9 advantage thanks to penalties from Stephen Brett by 19 minutes.
But the reigning Heineken Cup champions then turned the screw and ground out a victory, with Wilkinson landing four penalties and a drop-goal.
Toulon will host Oyonnax next weekend while Bayonne travel to Biarritz for the Basque derby.
Pen: Brett 3
Pen: Wilkinson 4
Yellow: Lobbe (19 mins), Burden (50 mins)
Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Bastien Fuster, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Jean Joseph Marmouyet, 6 Mark Chisholm, 5 Lisiate Faaoso, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Nemiah Tialata, 2 David Roumieu, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Aretz Iguiniz, 18 Opeti Fonua, 19 Jean Monribot, 20 Mathieu Belie, 21 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 22 Martin Bustos Moyano, 23 Gert Muller.
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Xavier Chiocci.
Replacements 16 Benjamin Noirot, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Virgile Bruni, 20 David Smith, 21 Josua Tuisova, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Emmanuel Felsina.