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Toulon smash toothless Perpignan

15th October 2011 16:54

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Winning skipper : Joe van Niekerk

Toulon ran three unanswered tries past Perpigan on Saturday for a convincing 38-0 Top 14 victory at Stade Felix Mayol.

With a team featuring nine changes to the starting XV, Toulon dominated from start to finish to grab a bonus point and climb above Perpignan to fourth in the championship standings.

Four penalties from full-back Benjamin Lapeyre and a try from wing David Smith just before the break gave Toulon a 17-0 lead at half time.

The trend continued in the second period as a penalty try underlined the hosts' dominance before further tries from replacement scrum-half Fabien Cibray and prop Eifion Roberts rubbed salt into the Catalan wounds.

England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson appeared off the bench to slot two conversion to rack up his first points of the Top14 season.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Smith, Penalty try, Cibray, Roberts
Cons: Lapeyre, Wilkinson 2
Pens: Lapeyre 4

Yellow card: Taofifenua (Perpignan - 54th min); Cibray (Toulon - 77th min)

Toulon: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Christian Loamanu, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffroy Messina, 11 David Smith, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Jone Tawake , 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Joe van Niekerk, 5 Dean Schofield, 4 Joselino Suta, Carl Hayman, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Laurent Emmanuelli
Replacements: 16 Jean-Philippe Genevois, 17 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Pierrick Gunther, 20 Luke Rooney, 21 Jonny Wilkinson, 22 Fabien Cibray, 23 Davit Kubriashvili

Perpignan:15 Jérôme Porical, 14 Farid Sid, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Rudolf Coetzee, 11 Adrien Plante, 10 Gavin Hume, 9 Florian Cazenave, 8 Henri Tuilagi, 7 Ovidiu Tonita, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Olivier Olibeau, 4 Rimas Alvarez-Kairelis, 3 Danie Thiart, 2 Marius Tincu, 1 Jérôme Schuster .
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Guillaume Vilaceca, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Joffrey Michel, 21 David Mele, 22 Bertrand Guiry, 23 Benoît Bourrust.

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