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  • 14th Sep 2012
  • KO 20:50
  • Ground: Stade Yves du Manoir

Toulon army marches on

Top 14 leaders maintain perfect start to new season

Last updated: 14th September 2012  

Toulon army marches on

Fred Michalak: 22 points as Jonny Wilkinson's stand-in

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Toulon continued their unbeaten start to the Top 14 season on Friday with a 32-25 victory on the road in Montpellier.

The visitors made it five wins in five outings - including four away from home - this season to maintain the championship lead.

Toulon were in complete control at the interval, leading 16-0 thanks to a 34th-minute try from flanker Pierrick Gunther, well-served by Kiwi winger David Smith, in the 34th minute with fly-half Frederic Michalak kicking 11 points.

But Montpellier rallied after the break when South African hooker Rassie van Vuuren scrambled over for back-to-back tries in the 49th and 55th minutes.

That cut the deficit to 22-12 before Toulon then stretched out to 32-15 thanks to a try from replacement back-row forward Joe van Niekerk in the 67th minute.

Michalak, getting a rare start in the absence of the resting Jonny Wilkinson, converted as he finished the match with 22 points.

The impressive Francois Trinh-Duc added Montpellier's third try with three minutes left.

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