Exeter v Toulon - Live

Last updated: 7th December 2013  

80 FULL-TIME: EXETER CHIEFS 9-14 TOULON

80 Riveting stuff here from the Chiefs as they barge their way into the Champs' 22. But that man Wilkinson wins the penalty for holding on, and can punt the ball off the park to end the game. Great effort from the hosts, but it proved a bridge too far.

79 The Chiefs' last chance saloon, here on half-way. We're into the last minute as they continue to pound the visitors' defence. Can they do the unthinkable?

77 Toulon win a penalty, and drive the maul from the resultant lineout into the home 22. But the ball is spilled, and the Chiefs running from deep now. Three minutes left to salvage something.

Drop Goal75 DROP GOAL, TOULON, WILKINSON! Toulon happy to keep possession on the Chiefs' 22, hitting up time and again, before setting up Wilkinson to strike home from 30m. Nothing fancy, but the Chiefs now five points adrift.

73 But Nowell loses the ball right on his 22m line, and Toulon will have the scrum. Error count continues to creep up for the hosts.

72 Toulon clear, and a thumping hit from Bastareaud on Jess gives them back possession in the Chiefs' half. Masoe spills on the 22, though, and Exeter bring it away.

70 Lovely kick into the corner from Arscott forces Toulon to throw in deep in their own 22. Pressure throw.

68 Toulon have possession back and are making inroads into the Chiefs half with Wulf and Masoe carrying well. The kick through only falls to slade, though, and Bastareaud flies in offside to concede the penalty. Good kick from Slade to bring play up to within 30m of the Toulon line.

Penalty66 PENALTY, TOULON, GITEAU! 9-11 Toulon regain the lead here with the first points of the half. The Australian veteran taking over the kicking duties from Wilkinson despite cries of "we want Jonny!" from the Sandy Park crowd.

65 And the penalty inevitably comes after the Chiefs' front row pops up in the scrum and are marched back. Giteau, taking over from Wilkinson, will line up the kick to put Toulon in front.

63 It looks like Wulf may have snuck over in the corner here after massive pressure from that scrum. We go to the TMO. But Nowell's tackle has saved Exeter, putting the winger into touch. Big lineout, but it goes pear-shaped for the hosts, and they now face a scrum-5.

62 The hosts putting themselves in trouble yet again. Too much rugby in their own half, and Toulon have won a scrum on their 22 after disrupting the Chiefs' ruck. More defence required.

61 Warning for Chiefs, there. Palisson breaks the line, kicks into in-goal, but Arscott covers well to dot down. The bounce of the ball favouring the home side.

60 No dice again for Wilkinson. The Chiefs run the ball out of defence with some nice lines, but Nowell's attempted chip is pinched.

59 The Chiefs have it back after a misplaced Toulon line-out. Building phases just inside the visitors' half, but White flies into the ruck off their feet and is penalised by Mr Rolland. Wilkinson lines up attempt number five from 50 metres-plus.

57 But, Armitage does what Armitage does. Low over the ball, and wins the penalty for holding on. Real signs of encouragement for the home side. 57 gone.

56 And Hayman, just on, spills forward with his first touch. Chiefs win the penalty for going off feet at the ruck and take it quickly. Fantastic break from Nowell to make it into the French side's 22. Sandy Park really coming to life as the Chiefs pound the Toulon defence.

52 Nice stuff from Toulon, Giteau controlling the pace well, and big runners making yards into the 22. But Wilkinson's offload is intercepted and hammered downfield by the Chiefs. Mitchell returns well, and the hosts clearance brings a lineout 35m from their own line.

50 It drifts across the face, though, and that's one successful kick from four attempts for Jonny. Toulon gather the restart and attack from 30m out.

49 The attempt falls well short, and the Chiefs break out of defence. Toulon win another penalty, though, this time around ten metres closer than the previous effort.

47 Toulon splinter the Chiefs midfield defence with a powerful driving maul from a Bastareaud carry, but the hosts keep the ball wrapped up and win the scrum put-in. Slade clears, but there's a penalty on half-way to Toulon for tackling the man without the ball. Wilkinson will line it up. Long range, this one.

45 Exeter defending very well in midfield, and Juan Smith's attempted offload bounces off Yeadle and out for a lineout to the visitors just inside the Chiefs' half.

44 More mistakes in their own 22 put the hosts under pressure, and a loose pass gives Toulon possession in a dangerous area. Bastareaud making big inroads here, and Toulon are piling on the pressure. But Palisson's grubber is well fielded by Slade, and the Chiefs can calm things down and clear with a 22 drop-out.

42 The Chiefs build a few phases in their own 22, and look comfortable playing through the hands. But there's a bad error from Yeadle who spills a simple pass into touch 25 out. Toulon let them off the hook, however, by throwing not-straight into the resultant lineout. Chiefs go for the scrum.

40 The evergreen Jonny Wilkinson gets things going after the break. Bakkies Botha has been replaced for Toulon at half-time after suffering a deep cut to his face.

40 We're about to get back underway here at Sandy Park, with the Chiefs leading the Champs by a single point. Big second forty on the way!

Half Time40 Exeter Chiefs 9 Toulon 8

40 Wilkinson launches an attack, just outside Exeter's 22 and offloads to Giteau, who knocks on! Exeter gather the loose ball and try to clear their line but Toulon's back-line is pinned for straying offside. Slade kicks the ball into touch and the referee blows his whistle to indicate half-time. It's been an entertaining opening half and Exeter will be the happier of the two sides as Toulon have done most of the attacking and only have one try to show for their efforts.

38 Tillous-Borde breaks from the base of the scrum and throws an inside pass to Habana, who glides through the gap like a hot knife through butter! He makes some headway but then stops in full stride and goes down! He's pulled his hamstring and hobbles off after the referee calls a halt to proceedings. He is replaced by Rudi Wulf.

Penalty36 PENALTY, EXETER, SLADE! 9-8. Slade puts the hosts in front, after Sebastien Tillous-Borde is pinned for a crooked feed at a scrum. That's the second time that he's done it, hence the penalty for the offence.

32 Slade spots a gap, midway between the halfway line and Toloun's 22, and takes it! He's soon deep inside the visitors' 22 and only a desperate tackle from Habana prevents him from scoring a try.

30 Slade does brilliantly, when he sees that Toulon's back-line are lying flat on defence and he delivers a perfectly-weighted 35-metre kick which rolls into touch inside the visitors' 22.

27 Toulon take the ball through 12 phases and are soon camped inside Exeter's 22. Armitage, Bastareud, masoe and Habana all go close but the hosts' defence holds firm.

24 Referee Rolland awards a penalty to Exeter when Burden takes too long to throw the ball in at a line-out. Exeter captain Dean Mumm opts to take a scrum, just inside Toulon's half.

21 Steenson leaves the park, after landing the penalty kick and is replaced by Henry Slade. Steenson has looked uncomfortable after taking a big hit from Bastareud about 10 minutes ago.

Penalty20 PENALTY, EXETER, STEENSON! 6-8. Steenson narrows the gap to two points after Toulon's forwards infringe at a ruck.

17 Wilkinson sets off on a run and offloads to Steffon Armitage, who knocks on 10 metres inside Toulon's half.

14 Toulon launch an attack, from just outside their 22 and Drew Mitchell joins the line at pace! He offloads to Habana, who sets off down the touchline but is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Matt Jess.

Penalty11 Toulon do well to take the ball through several phases, from deep inside their half to just outside Exeter's 22 but Bastareaud throws a poor pass to Craig Burden, who knocks on.

9 Toulon do well to take the ball through several phases, from deep inside their half to just outside Exeter's 22 but Bastareaud throws a poor pass to Craig Burden, who knocks on.

6 Matt Giteau tries to clear his line but his kick goes directly into his team-mate Chris Masoe, in front of him. Referee Alain Rolland awards a scrum to the home side.

TRY4 TRY, TOULON, FRESIA! 3-5. Florian Fresia rounds off in the right-hand corner after running onto a terrific offload from Ali Williams!

Penalty3 PENALTY, EXETER, STEENSON! 3-0. Toulon are pinned for straying offside and Gareth Steenson opens the scoring for the hosts with a well-taken three-pointer.

2 Martin Castrogiovanni knocks on a pass, close to his try-line. Exeter pounce on the loose ball and are on the attack! Jack Nowell goes over the line and touches down but has a foot in touch after a desperate tackle from Mathieu Bastareaud.

1 Gareth Steenson gets us underway with a deep kick which Bryan Habana gathers inside his 22. There's little room to move and he immediately goes to ground after a tackle by Phil Dollman.

0 The two teams line up on the halfway line for a minute's silence in honour of South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.

0 Team news for the Chiefs sees head coach Rob Baxter stick with the same starting line-up that was narrowly defeated in last weekend's Premiership derby at Bath. The sole change to personnel comes on the bench where long-serving lock James Hanks comes in for Don Armand.

0 Toulon are without injured full-back Delon Armitage as well as wing David Smith. Drew Mitchell starts in the 15 jersey while Mathieu Bastareaud gets the nod ahead of Maxime Mermoz. There are three South Africans in the pack in the form of Juan Smith, Bakkies Botha and Craig Burden.

0 Hello and welcome to Sandy Park in Exeter for this Heineken Cup Pool Two clash between our hosts, Exeter Chiefs, and the defending champions, Toulon. These two sides share second position on the table with six points from two matches. That is three points adrift of pacesetters Cardiff, who have played an extra game.

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