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Monday, November 05, 2007

Toulon vs Beziers - the gloves are off

Toulon vs Beziers - the gloves are off

Toulon and Beziers have somewhat of a history of mass brawls. In last years encounter there was a huge free-for-all that travelled half way down the pitch.

This year, they kept with tradition, and after a dirty tackle on the air born youngster Marc Andreu it all went pear shaped. After watching the World Cup recently, we're not used to seeing punchups like this, as on the internationl stage players are severely reprimanded and normally cited. But, this is the French Second Division, and from the looks of it, anything goes.

Toulon has been in the limelight frequently lately, mainly for the fact that they're receiving an influx of top players from all over the world, with the goal in mind to make it back up to the French Top 14. I'm sure with the legendary Tana Umaga in charge they'll be in good hands. Doesn't hurt that they also have former All Black fylhalf Andrew Merhtens (note how he almost gets pulled into this fight!), former Wallaby scrumhalf George Gregan , and current Spingbok lock Victor Matfield, just to name a few.

We'll keep an eye on things and see if Toulon produce the kind of rugby that will take them to where their wealthy owner Mourad Boudjellal wants to see them.

Final Score : 41-7 to Toulon

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