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full-time Sale 6 Toulon 17
80 From a scrum inside Sale's half Toulon attack and Sébastien Tillous-Borde is in the clear! He sails over the try-line but Rob Miller does brilliantly to get his arm under the ball! After checking with the Televison Match Official the try is disallowed. That's the final act of the match as the final whistle goes to close proceedings. Toulon will be happy with the result as it extends their lead at the top of Pool Six. Sale gave a good account of themselves and are unlucky to not get a bonus-point at least from this clash.
79 Matt Giteau puts his team on the attack with a grubber kick which rolls into touch on the edge of Sale's 22-metre mark.
77 James Gaskell takes the ball into contact just outside Toulon's 22 but is soon penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.
76 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 6-17. Wilkinson pushes his side further ahead after Vadim Cobilas is pinned for dropping his bind at a scrum.
73 Juan Fernandez Lobbe does well when he wins possession for his team off a loose throw-in from Jean-Charles Orioli at a line-out.
71 Toulon set up a couple of phases before Wilkinson tries a drop goal from about 30 metres out. It's low and well off target and the hosts gain a reprieve.
69 Toulon attack close to Sale's try-line again but at a critical moment Smith knocks on when he tries to clear a ruck.
67 Toulon take the ball through 11 phases and are stopped just short of the hosts' try-line when Andy Powell manages to hold Simon Shaw up as he barges over.
64 Steffon Armitage wins valuable ground with a strong run. Toulon are stringing some phases together now and are takinf control of proceedings now.
61 Michalak launches a high hanging box kick which Cueto gathers despite great pressure from Rudi Wulf.
59 Sale are penalised for illegal scrummaging on the edge of Toulon's 22. Wilkinson puts the ball into touch midway between the halfway line and his opponents' 22.
56 Rob Miller sets off on an attacking run and beats a couple of defenders before being stopped in his tracks by a text-book tackle from Michalak.
54 Delon Armitage takes a high ball inside his 22 and return it with a kick of his own which sails into touch just outside Sale's 22-metre line.
52 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 6-14. Wilkinson adds the extras after Richie Vernon plays the ball on the ground at a ruck.
51 Sale attack inside Toulon's 22 but lose momentum when Masoe intercepts a pass from Cipriani and races upfield. He is eventually brought to ground just outside Sale's 22 by Jennings.
49 Toulon attack at a ruck but are penalised when Chris Masoe goes off his feet.
47 Sale try to get their drive going from a line-out but Toulon do well with a counter-shove and when the maul becomes static it's the visitors who are awarded the put-in at the scrum.
44 Wilkinson launches an up-and-under but Mark Cueto shows his experience when he deals with it with great aplomb despite the attentions of several Touon chasers.
42 Cipriani puts his team on the attack with a superb kick which rolls into touch inside Toulon's 22.
40 Cipriani gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Bakkies Botha who goes to ground and sets up a ruck.
Half-time Sale 6 Toulon 11
40 Toulon are awarded a penalty when Tony Buckley infringes at a ruck. Wilkinson opts to kick for touch but the visitors will not be able to attack from the line-out as the referee's whistle goes to bring proceedings to a close for the half. It's been an even contest but Toulon have done most of the attacking and deserve their narrow lead. The second half should be interesting as both side go in search of the win.
39 Cipriani launches a bomb but Delon Armitage deals with it well despite the attentions of Corne Uys.
37 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 6-11. Wilkinson extends his side's lead after James Gaskell is pinned for not releasing a tackled player.
34 PENALTY, SALE, CIPRIANI! 6-8. Cipriani adds the extras after Carl Hayman is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
30 TRY, TOULON, SMITH! 3-8. David Smith capitalises when Sale's back-line can't deal with an up-and-under and races away before scoring in the left-hand corner.
29 Wilkinson tries his luck fom about 45 metres out after Tony Buckley is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum. But like Cipriani, he's also off target.
26 Cipriani takes another shot at goal after Andrew Sheridan is pinned for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck. It's another long range effort and once again the former England pivot is unsuccessful.
23 Cpiriani takes a monster kick from about 53 metres out after Steffon Armitage is penalised for not rolling away at a ruck. It's a great effort but Toulon get out of jail when the ball hits the cross-bar and bounces back into play!
20 Jocelino Suta takes an inside pass from Michalak but knocks on in the process.
17 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 3-3. Wilkinson draws his side level after Fraser McKenzie is pinned for a ruck infringement.
14 Bakkies Botha goes on a bullocking run but runs out of space and is jockeyed into touch by Jennings.
12 Toulon attack with their backs and Mathieu Bastareaud offloads to Rudi Wulf who kicks ahead. His effort is dealt with easily by Mark Jennings who dots down behind his try-line.
10 Toulon attack inside Sale's half and Giteau, David Smith and Frederic Michalak all carry strongly.
8 PENALTY, SALE, CIPRIANI! 3-0. Danny Cipriani opens the scoring after Toulouse are pinned for a ruck infringement.
6 Johnny Leota is in the clear down the touchline but opts to kick ahead. His effort rolls over Toulon's try-line and Wilkinson is there to dot down.
3 Wilkinson gets an early chance to open the scoring after Sale are pinned for a high tackle on Matt Giteau. Wilkinson strikes the ball well but his effort is off target.
Kick-off And we're off! Jonny Wilkinson gets us underway with a kick which is gathered by the hosts' forwards who immediately set up a ruck.
Team News Sale have chosen to start Danny Cipriani at fly-half after Cameron Shepherd has withdrawn through illness. This means Rob Miller moves to full-back. Cipriani is partnered at half-back by Will Cliff. Also on the bench is Wales and Lions number eight Andy Powell as head coach John Mitchell selects a back-row trio of James Gaskell, David Seymour and Richie Vernon.
Team News Toulon have named arguably their strongest starting side for this encounter. Their line-up includes experienced international players Andrew Sheridan, Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Frederic Michalak, Jonny Wilkinson and Matt Giteau.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Salford City Stadium for this Heineken Cup clash between our hosts, Sale Sharks and Toulon. We'll return shortly with team news.
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
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