Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Toulon slipped into the relegation zone on the weekend after being beaten 32-5 by Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14. Flying Fijian Napolioni Nalaga crossed four times, keeping up his impressive try scoring record for the French side.
His tally for the season is now ten, scoring twice either side of half time. His hulking frame, flamboyant skills, and speed off the mark have seen him acknowledged by Planet Rugby as one of the best wingers in the world, making their team of the year.
As for Toulon, they couldnt repeat their win over the same side in the opening round of the season, and now face the reality of going back to the Pro D2.
They managed a solitary try from Normaan Jordaan, but it was not enough as the loss results in them now being just one point ahead of bottom placed Mont-de-Marsan.
Tana Umaga and the rest of the highly paid signings may soon find themselves looking for a way out, or facing the ominous tast of heading back to the second division.
Toulon's assistant coach, Aubin Hueber, was full of praise for the opposition though.
"We came up against an excellent Clermont team, who were more dominating and organised than us with leaders who made the difference such as Nalaga who was magnificent. We would really like him in our team!"