Laporte pleased to win scrum battle

Date published: December 14 2014

Bernard Laporte believes the scrum battle was key as Toulon got back to winning ways with a comfortable 23-8 win over Leicester.

The defending European champions had gone down in a narrow affair at Welford Road, but after a blistering start, they were never in danger of losing this one.

A try in each half from Ali Williams and Mathieu Bastareaud, were the key to the victory, which puts Toulon in control of the group after four rounds of action.

And having been bullied in the scrum last weekend, Toulon turned things around in the set-piece, having clearly focused on it during the week.

“The scrum wasn’t nothing, they caused us problems in the away game, this time we caused them problems,” said Laporte.

“It was a good match, we were good at the basics: a good scrum, a good lineout, good defence, very good goal-kicking from Halfpenny. We were penalised too much in the first game, we gave away too many points.

“In terms of discipline and rigour and the desire to keep the ball, this time we were good. The attitude of my players was good, we tackled better than last week.

“We play the best teams in Europe, we see that Leicester are very solid, perhaps this time, for the first time in a long time, it’s going to be tough for them to qualify. That shows the level of the pool.”