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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Sonny-Bill inspires Toulon to a great comeback vs Mont-de-Marsan

Sonny-Bill inspires Toulon to a great comeback vs Mont-de-Marsan

Toulon came from behind to put in an inspired second half performance against fellow relegation candidates Mont De Marsan this past weekend.

With all the talk focussing on the comeback of coach Tana Umaga, it was in fact another New Zealander who took center stage, sparking the impressive comeback which saw them score some fantastic tries.

Playing at number 13, Sonny Bill Williams finally came right for the southerners as he played a staring role in the 38-22 win, sparking the home side that were down to 14 men twice during the match.

The 15th man though, the crowd, lifted the team to victory as they came back from being 19-13 down at halftime.

The win gave them a much needed bonus point, and lifted them two places in the table, up to 11th.

Umaga stayed in the stands, so is yet to make his comeback appearance, but he was not needed as Czech international Martin Jagr scored a classy double, as did New Zealand winger Sinoti Sinoti.

It was Toulons first league win since beating Biarritz in November.

"Tonight we had cohesion, togetherness and we saw players like Sonny Bill Williams expressing themselves 100 per cent," Toulon assistant coach Aubin Hueber said.

Time: 03:23
Note: Some great skill and tries shown, the contributor felt the music went nicely with it. Enjoy.
Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:51 am | View Comments (31)

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Kerivoula February 03, 2009 2:12 pm

Great clip. Fine performance by Toulon (not just S-B), how was this the first win since November??

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Foitor February 03, 2009 2:24 pm

It was a nice game to watch.Best thing was when the eurosport commentators started discussing if it was a "high risk pass" or an "irish pass" :P (anyone interested in finding and uploading that bit, was about 55th minute of the game)

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Flooz February 03, 2009 2:45 pm

great performance from touloni don't know if it will be enough to stay in top 14

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scot February 03, 2009 2:52 pm

great skill and triesTana Umaga is going to re-start playing for the rest of the season !!!i really hpoe they can stay in TOP14parceque Toulon , ROUGEparceque Toulon , NOIRparceque Toulon , ROUGE ET NOIR

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caucau's no.1 fan February 03, 2009 3:05 pm

hope this is what toulon need to kick start their season, albeit very late they may just save themselves from relegation. any team with a umaga / williams centre combo has a chance!

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Eric February 03, 2009 3:07 pm

Thats some great rugby, let hope they can keep it up

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Simon February 03, 2009 3:18 pm

If there are 15 men on each team wouldn't the crowd be the 16th man???

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Coco February 03, 2009 3:33 pm

Good win, some nice footwork by the Toulon Islanders...SBW played #12, #13 was Kiri Mariner.

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P February 03, 2009 4:35 pm

Polynesian power and pace! look like the auckland blues when they throw the ball around like that.

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Anonymous February 03, 2009 4:58 pm

Nice to see that Toulon is doing better...the players are finally showing their talent,can't wait to see Umaga coming back on the field

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brian February 03, 2009 6:37 pm

saw them play northhampton, they got destroyed.nice to see a team reverse its fortunes, bloody love the wingers shimmey/sidestep

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jamestheconvict February 03, 2009 11:20 pm

he will start getting the hang of the game soon !! Well done SBW - mate i have faith in you still think your a 13 though

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Anonymous February 04, 2009 7:31 am

Good to see Sonny Bill coming into his own. He'll be a very good player by next season, all the league guys tend to struggle in their first season, adapting to the different rules. Even Tuqiri was very hot and cold his first season in union.He's got all the skills though, big, strong, fast, he can step players and his offloading is excellent. His tackling needs to adjust to union rules, but he's a devestating defender.How about that Czech guy though? I've gotta admit, I've never heard of him but he looks quick as hell and seems to have some decent skills. I knew they kind of played a bit, but I didn't know they were producing players like this. The expansion of the game in europe continues to amaze me.

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marek February 04, 2009 8:37 am

that Czech guy (Martin Jagr) is by far the best player in our country, and he is fast...I heard he is considering leaving Toulon, though, he stuck with them through relegation but then they bought so many players for his position he finds it hard to get game timeThe Czech National Team not so bad either, last year we played in the same European group with Georgia, Romania and Portugal, all WC 07 participants. Unfortunately, we got thrashed by all of them and are now relegated again...

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Martin Ch. February 04, 2009 10:15 am

Martin Jgr was two times the best marker of Toulon and the best marker of the whole ProD2 (the second French league) the year Toulon was relegated. He was three times named the Czech player of the year and he is captain of the Czech national team at the moment.

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adrian February 04, 2009 2:36 pm

Guys, I got a question, who is that no.11 ? His shimmey/sidesteps are pretty damn good. quick feet

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tslike February 04, 2009 6:15 pm

Martin Jagr is good FOR A CZECH. He would play in no national team but his own

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bD February 04, 2009 6:29 pm

RUGBYDUMP...you mean the 16th man :P

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bD February 04, 2009 6:30 pm

hmm sorry bout that. saw the phrase and thought thats not right, without reading about the sending off. apologies.

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Anonymous February 04, 2009 8:18 pm

Good video, I saw the match live on MyP2P. The highlights are great, but please... LOSE THE DAMN MUSIC!!!

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islestyle February 04, 2009 10:28 pm

adrian if i'm not mistaken no.11 should be orene ai'i.. he used to play new zealand sevens.. never quite had it to be an full all black

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adrian February 05, 2009 12:14 am

thx islestyleI admired his shimmey/sidestep skills so much,no wonder why he is good at it,cuz he used to play 7scan tell from the way how he passes the ball

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Coco February 05, 2009 2:44 am

#11 is Sinoti To'omaga.Ai'i plays at fullback.

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BoB Mudd February 05, 2009 3:34 am

From that which I've seen, it appears a good team performance. May just have not been paying full attention, but well done Toulon. They are a much better team, particularly in recent times than their position makes out. Best of Luck.BoB Mudd

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Anonymous February 05, 2009 9:08 am

islestyle...the no.11 is Sinoti Sonoti, he played with jerry collins back in their wellington club...Northern United

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Martin Ch. February 05, 2009 12:18 pm

To tslike: Don't be funny. The guy who is the best marker in the team full of internationals from top rugby countries? He is THAT good. Fullstop.

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Anonymous February 06, 2009 1:49 am

Uh, what do you mean he is the best marker? Marking what? You mean defender or what?Cuz players don't 'mark' each other in rugby as such.

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4LC4TR4Z February 06, 2009 6:15 am

He meant "Try Scorer" (bad translation : in french marquer = score). Jagr is usually the best try scorer of the club and he'd been 3 times best try scorer of Pro D2.

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Anonymous February 06, 2009 7:32 am

Well that's pretty impressive. To be fair I doubt he would crack any of the top international sides, but he's obviously a decent player. Pace is always a huge asset in any kind of football, and he didn't seem to lack the basic skills. Pretty impressive for a guy from one of the smallest rugby playing countries.

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Anonymous February 08, 2009 4:57 pm

good tries but the game was very poor....knock-on after knock-on with skill levels being displayed by both sides.

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Anonymous February 08, 2009 4:59 pm

TYPO above - meant to say poor skill levels

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