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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 2
- 14th Dec 2013
- KO 13:35
- Ground: Stade Felix Mayol
- Att: 15,400
Toulon v Exeter Chiefs - Live
FULL TIME: TOULON 32 -20 EXETER CHIEFS
80 A long break as Phil Dollman is taken off on a stretcher with what looks like a knee injury. Eventually we get going again. Wilko thumps it into touch. That's it! Game over. Mission accomplished for Toulon in the end, but it wasn't easy. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
79 CONVERSION, SWEENEY. 32-20.
78 TRY, EXETER, WHITE. 32-18. Chiefs get their try after all as White barges over from short range.
77 NO Try says says the TMO, held up!
76 Great break from Luke Arscott off an inside ball from Ben White. The full-back races clear to score!...or does he? Giteau and Mitchell tackled him over the line - did he get it down?
74 Chiefs playing for pride now as they look to get a consolation try. Toulon are in no mood to give away any gifts though and the defence is as firm as usual.
72 CONVERSION, GITEAU. 32-13. Toulon could look to gut loose now. Michalak comes on for Tillous-Borde.
71 TRY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 30-13. That's the bonus point try for RCT! The big Toulon pack sets it up with a maul. Then it goes wide to the left. It comes back the other way and Wilko steps inside to score under the sticks!
69 Toulon going for the jugular now as they kick into the corner from a penalty. They have thoughts of the bonus point.
67 CONVERSION, GITEAU. 25-13. That should be enough for the European champs, unless Exeter can come up with something very special.
66 TRY, TOULON,CHIOCCI. 23-13. Boom! Toulon strike. An inside ball from Wilko puts Drew Mitchell away after the line-out. The former Wallaby is stopped just short of the line but no one will stop the charging Xavier Chiocci from short range.
63 A bit of kick tennis now as Toulon look to kick their way out of their half. Eventually Chiefs keep it in hand as Don Armand charges ahead! Again the attack comes to nothing though due to a frustrating error. Accidental offside. Toulon win a penalty from the scrum and can relieve the pressure.
61 Horrible mistake from Yeandle! That was a great chance for Exeter but the hooker's throw isn't straight!
60 Mathieu Bastareaud crashes up in centre field but the support goes off their feet at the ruck. It's not going Toulon's way. Slade sets up another line-out deep in Toulon territory.
58 Ali Williams rises highest to claim the line-out. Giteau clears. David Smith is off injured. Jonny Wilkinson comes on. He'll go to 10 with Giteau shifting to midfield.
57 An excellent kick from Tom James bobbles out right in the corner. Toulon under pressure here as they throw in just 5m from their own line.
56 PENALTY, EXETER, SLADE. 18-13. Toulon caught offside and Slade adds three easy points. The gap is just 5, can Chiefs create the upset?
53 Fabulous work from Armitage to steal the ball back on the deck. Tillous-Borde kicks into Exeter territory and Arscott looks to counter. The Toulon defenders are up quickly but go off their feet. Exeter kick for touch from the penalty and will have a crack from an attacking line-out.
50 A BIG scrum from Toulon but the ref blows the penalty in favour of Exeter, against Fresia. Toulon could have killed the game off with a score there but Exeter are still alive.
49 End-to-end stuff here as Toulon attack off a line-out steal. Armitage is over! No! He's dropped the ball in the act over going over. 5m defensive scrum to Exeter.
46 Exeter are still very much in this. They do well to keep possession in the Toulon half through a number of phases. Arscott chips ahead for Whitten, who chases hard towards the corner but the touchline wins the race.
43 PENALTY, TOULON, GITEAU. 18-10. First blood in the second period for the hosts, who are crucially now 8 points clear. So no bonus point for Chiefs if it ends like this. Ruck penalty against the visitors.
41 Here we go for the second half as the crowd really start to raise the volume. A big tackle from Armitage forces a knock-on from Dollman and Toulon have a scrum 10m inside the Exeter half.
Toulon 15 Exeter 10
40 Nowell gathers the ball inside his 22 and runs into touch when he hears the sound of the half-time hooter. Like last weekend's clash, this is a close encounter and both sides are giving their all to secure victory. We'll return soon with the second half.
40 PENALTY, EXETER, TOULON! 15-10. Slade narrows the gap after Smith is penalised for a ruck infringement.
37 PENALTY, TOULON, GITEAU! 15-7. Giteau extends the hosts' lead after Exeter's backs are pinned for straying offside at a ruck.
33 Exeter take the ball through several phases, close to the halfway mark, before Luke Arscott kicks upfield. His effort is a poor one, however, and goes behind Toulon's dead-ball line.
30 Toulon's backs launch an attack and Mermoz offloads to Delon Armitage, who throws a poor pass to Smith. The big number 11 gathers the ball on his toes but then knocks .
28 CONVERSION, TOULON, GITEAU! 12-7. Giteau succeeds with his first place-kick to extend the home side's lead!
27 TRY, TOULON, SMITH! 10-7. Smith gets in for his second try, after Giteau does brilliantly when he breaks through the Exeter defence, before getting his pass away to the flyer!
26 Johnson breaks off the back of a scrum, inside his 22 but is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Virgile Bruni. Giteau takes a shot at goal but his effort is off target!
22 Delon Armitage is on for Palisson, who injured himself when trying to tackle James. Armitage is immediately involved when he goes through a gap, but knocks on a pass from Mermoz.
19 CONVERSION, EXETER, SLADE! 5-7. Slade holds his nerve and adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!
18 TRY, EXETER, ARMAND! 5-5. Don Armand rounds off after running onto a pass from Tom James, who does brilliantly to get past Alexis Palisson before getting his pass away.
17 Nowell glides into a gap, inside Toulon's 22 but is pinned when he holds onto the ball after a fine tackle from Mitchell.
15 Slade stabs a grubber kick through which Drew Mitchell gathers deep inside his 22. The full-back clears his line which goes into touch 10 metres outside his 22.
12 TRY, TOULON, SMITH! 5-0. Giteau makes a break, inside Exeter's 22 before offloading to Maxime Mermoz, who passes to David Smith, who gets in for the opening try!
11 Tom James kicks for touch but takes a big hit from Mathieu Bastareaud in the process. The Exeter wing doesn't flinch, however, and gets up without batting an eyelid.
9 Toulon take the ball through several phases, outside Exeter's 22 but make little headway. They eventually lose possession when Giteau takes the ball into contact but Dave Ewers does well to hold him up until the maul becomes static.
6 Henry Slade is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground midway between Toulon's 22 and the halfway mark. Giteau puts the ball into touch on the edge of Exeter's 22.
4 Giteau launches a cross-field kick which David Smith gathers inside Exeter's 22! he tip toes down the touchline, in an effort to stay infield but Jack Nowell does brilliantly to shepherd him into touch!
1 Matt Giteau gets the game underway! His kick is gathered by Tom Johnson who sets up a ruck just inside his 22.
0 Toulon have made several changes to their line-up for this reverse fixture. Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha aren't involved in the matchday 23 while Jonny Wilkinson is on the replacements bench as Matt Giteau moves into the number 10 jersey this week. Carl Hayman comes in at tighthead prop instead of Martin Castrogiovanni while Jean-Charles Orioli replaces the injured Craig Burden, who suffered a torn bicep last weekend.
0 Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has made six changes to his starting XV from last weekend's clash at Sandy Park. Two of the alterations see James Hanks and Don Armand come in for Damian Welch and Ben White; whilst behind Haydn Thomas and Henry Slade are the new half-back duo, Tom James starts at wing ahead of Matt Jess and Ian Whitten is preferred to Jason Shoemark in the centre.
0 Hello and welcome for this second installment of this Heineken Cup Pool Two fixture between Toulon and Exeter at Stade Felix Mayol. Toulon, who are the tournament's defending champions, won a closely fought affair at Exeter last weekend and will be keen to build on that result. We'll return shortly with team news.
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