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Montpellier v Toulon - Live
Full-time Montpellier 23-3 Toulon
80 Toulon scrum leads to a burst from Bastareaud. Forward from Michalak and that's the game. Brilliant performance from the hosts who have done their former coach Eric Béchu proud. Woeful from Toulon. Montpellier secure a place in the knockout stages.
78 The wind takes Armitage's kick sideways into touch. Toulon look dispirited but will bounce back. Montpellier's day.
76 Controlled pressure from Montpellier forcing Toulon back, but they go off their feet at the breakdown. Toulon lineout 25 metres out - long drop-goal attempt from Wilkinson falls wide.
75 Bastareaud with a steal in the tackle as Wilkinson prods for territory.
73 Lineout to Montpellier in the Toulon half. Wind making high kicks go nowhere and Toulon knock on as time ticks away. The results has been certain for a while - rarely have Toulon looked so beatable.
71 Wilkinson uncharacteristically misses his kick to touch but Toulon then win a penalty and the former England fly-half will go for goal. Odd decision and then he misses anyway.
68 Ball spruts out of the scrum tunnel so resets. Gorgodze sprints back onto the field - Wilkinson kicks down the middle, Nagusa goes high but Paillauge collects. Penalty to Toulon at the breakdown and they will go for the corner.
66 High kick brilliantly taken by Fernandez in Toulon's 22, but it's a great turnover and Wilkinson clears.
64 Box kick from Michalak goes straight into touch. Big drive from Montpellier once more, Gorgodze holds off Wilkinson but the ball goes loose. Toulon scrum, Gorgodze off for blood.
62 Superb scrum from Montpellier - winning the penalty metres out... or so we thought. Hand in the scrum from Bias means a penalty to Toulon.
60 Trinh-Duc goes for the corner, Montpellier maul goes straight to ground. Wide to Creevy but the ball goes forward.
58 Penalty to Toulon who kick to the corner. Masoe carries again as Toulon search for a score but lose the ball in contact, Paillauge kicking on as Wilkinson is wrapped up. Penalty to the hosts.
55 Masoe charges down the right touchline but puts a foot in touch. Montpellier clear but Toulon use the width, Giteau's kick bouncing just too far.
53 Gorgodze clutches his elbow and receives some treatment. Back on his feet, Wilkinson puts it high but it's well taken by Nagusa.
50 All the momentum with Montpellier - an astonishing performance from the hosts. Toulon throw on Carl Hayman and Juan Martín Fernández-Lobbe.
47 TRY, MONTPELLIER, PAILLAUGE! 23-3 Poor pass causes chaos in the Toulon defence - loose ball bounces off a handful of players and Paillauge scores in the corner! Great conversion from the scurm-half to add to the scoreline.
45 Rain pouring down as Masoe bursts from the scrum - ball comes wide to Steffon Armitage but Montpellier clear, good defence from the hosts.
44 Ball comes loose after multiple phases, scrum to Toulon as Delon Armitage returns to the field.
41 Banana kick from Trinh-Duc goes dead and Toulon have a scrum in the opposition's half. Montpellier lineout on their own five metre line goes horribly wrong and Toulon attack.
40 Trinh-Duc starts things off in the second half, mountain to climb for Toulon but they have the wind behind them.
Half-time Montpellier 16-3 Toulon
40 Scrum to Toulon which goes straight in and then straight into touch for the interval. Brilliant first half from Montpellier who have battered their opponents and used the wind well. Toulon clinging on. Second half coming up.
40 Brilliance from Nagusa who cuts through the space and then kicks through. Race to the ball in the dead ball area...but Steffon Armitage stops the score. Toulon stay alive.
38 Gorgodze held up short as Montpellier look to stretch their lead, Creevy with another drive. Penalty to Toulon, excellent defence and now they can clear.
37 Masoe hounded at the scrum and Montpellier attack, chip through from Trinh-Duc and Rudi Wulf is forced into touch five metres out.
36 Choke tackle from Toulon wins a scrum on their own ten metre line. Mountain to climb for the visitors.
34 YELLOW CARD, TOULON, D. ARMITAGE! Former England full-back Delon Armitage is sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle. Wilkinson back on the field.
33 Montpellier maul drops short, stolen though by Toulon and Masoe comes away. Confusion under the high ball sees Montpellier knock on and Michalak chips wide to Armitage. He kicks long and Toulon are pressing in the hosts' 22. Penalty against Armitage, melee in midfield and the touch judge's flag is out.
31 Gorgodze steals the ball from the lineout and the kick goes long - Palisson struggles but gets the ball away just into touch. Good attacking opportunity for Montpellier.
30 Penalty to Toulon from the resulting scrum, Giteau goes for the corner. Lineout five metres out, maul comes down and Montpellier steal possession with Paillauge clearing.
28 High ball from Michalak is gathered by Sheridan - the visitors keeping it tight but the ball goes forward and Montpellier have the scrum.
26 Free kick to Toulon at the scrum - Montpellier hands in the ruck so a penalty to the visitors who clear but the kick doesn't find touch. Nagusa runs it back with interest. Trinh-Duc stabs a kick across field into touch.
23 PENALTY, MONTPELLIER, PAILLAUGE! 16-3 Another excellent strike from Paillauge, Montpellier opening up a promising lead here.
22 Toulon scrum in their own half - free kick. Masoe on the charge, Giteau squeaks through a hole. Penalty to Montpellier at the breakdown with Toulon then marched back for another 10 minutes for indiscipline.
19 PENALTY, MONTPELLIER, PAILLAUGE! 13-3 Spot on again for Montpellier as Jonny Wilkinson departs, replaced by Bastareaud.
17 Montpellier scrum near halfway. Combezou breaks down the left but Paillauge is taken out, penalty to the hosts and the scrum-half will have the chance for more points.
15 PENALTY, MONTPELLIER, PAILLAUGE! 10-3 No problem for the scrum-half, blistering start for the hosts.
13 Home side piling on the pressure - scrum five metres out from the Toulon try line. Penalty to Montpellier - Trinh-Duc going for the posts.
12 Cross-kick for Nagusa from Trinh-Duc, but he knocks on in the dead ball area. So close for the hosts.
10 High kick from Armitage is gathered and Montpellier win the penalty at the breakdown. Kick to the corner and a thunderous drive brings Montpellier metres out.
7 TRY, MONTPELLIER, COMBEZOU! 7-3 Fernandez grubbers through for Montpellier and Armitage is forced to carry the ball into touch. Powerful maul from the home side as Gorgordze carries, clear cap and Combezou scores!
5 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 0-3 No problem for the former England fly-half, the visitors have the lead.
3 Toulon with good field position and the win the penalty from the scrum, Wilkinson to go for goal.
2 Toulon with the opening scrum near halfway, ball lost Montpellier rush up in defence. High kick from Wilkinson is taken by Berard and Trinh-Duc kicks long, but the ball goes dead.
Kick-off Minute's applause to remember Eric Béchu. Jonny Wilkinson gets things going.
Weather Clear skies under the floodlights in Montpellier. Few drops of rain but nothing too serious.
Team News Toulon have the luxury of leaving international stars Gethin Jenkins, Carl Hayman, Mathieu Bastareaud, Juan-Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Joe van Niekerk on their bench. Jonny Wilkinson captains the side from fly-half, meaning Frédéric Michalak is at scrum-half and Matt Giteau at inside centre.
Team News Montpellier are without injured skipper Fulgence Ouedraogo, but will no doubt be motivated to honour the memory of forwards coach Eric Béchu, who passed away on Tuesday.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Stade Yves du Manoir for this all-French affair between Montpellier and Toulon in Pool 6.
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