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Sackey leaves it late
Toulon win on their debut from their only chance
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A late try from England winger Paul Sackey earned Toulon a 19-14 victory over Ospreys on their Heineken Cup debut, after a scrappy contest in the south of France.
Toulon had not produced a scoring opportunity in an attritional match before Sackey finally found some space on the left wing and scored with five minutes to play.
His finish will have pleased the watching England manager Martin Johnson, as will the fact that the try was set up by Jonny Wilkinson. As a neutral he will have enjoyed little else apart from the balmy weather, but a partisan Toulon crowd were sent home happy by their side's final flourish.
Toulon had produced virtually nothing of note up to that point and looked set to hand Ospreys a crucial away win in a group which includes London Irish and Munster.
As it is the Welsh side will have to settle for a losing bonus point as they begin their campaign for a third successive quarter-final berth.
The first hour was woeful. Toulon insisted on wasting possession and territory with a series of pick and drives which almost always ended - after a seeming eternity - with an Ospreys penalty for holding on.
Ospreys at least tried to get the ball out wide but without even hinting at a line-break.
Wilkinson and Dan Biggar exchanged three penalties apiece, with the Welshman kicking two from inside his own half.
The game finally came to life on the hour mark when Shane Williams scored from nowhere with a typical piece of opportunism.
When play broke down around the Toulon 22, the veteran Wales winger spotted that Sackey had been sucked into the tackle area and darted round the blindside of the ruck to race in almost unopposed.
Biggar missed the conversion and a subsequent penalty and that cost the visitors dear.
Toulon finally gave up on their forward drives with five minutes to play, Wilkinson running laterally and exhanging passes in midfield before firing out a long pass to Sackey.
The winger's pace did the rest and Wilkinson converted from the touchline to complete the victory.
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European Rugby Champions Cup Table
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|15:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
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