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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Classic tries scored as Toulon go five-from-five with win over Montpellier

Toulon beat Montpellier 32-25 on Friday night in what was a thrilling French Top 14 game, and yet another win for table toppers, who now have five wins from five outings. Here is a summary of the tries, as both teams scored some classics.

Toulon had led 16-0 at the break after flanker Pierrick Gunther scored one of the most dramatic tries of the season, as a lengthy passage of play ended in winger David Smith putting the loose forward away down the wing.

Freddie Michalak, who sparked the breakout which led to the Gunther try, kicked 11 points and the visitors looked in control of the game, but then South African hooker Rassie van Vuuren scored for Montpellier after a lovely offload by Mamuke Gorgodze.

Van Vuuren scored again a few minutes later but Toulon crossed for another lovely try, thanks to a nice finish from countryman Joe van Niekerk.

Michalak finished the match with 22 points in total, but not before opposite number Francois Trinh-Duc scored for Montpellier shortly before full time. A late penalty from Eric Escande earned the hosts a losing bonus point.

All the tries were of a high standard but the Gunther effort in the first half is well worth seeing.

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moddeur September 15, 2012 6:36 pm

2 minutes and 30 seconds of uninterrupted play from one try line to the other, wow!

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TechnoMouse September 15, 2012 9:30 pm

Crazy stuff! Toulon will no doubt score some more outrageous tries with both Giteau and Michalak in the team.

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kiwi September 16, 2012 3:30 am

Just some of the best tries/rugby you'll see anywhere!!!

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DaRabman September 16, 2012 4:10 am

Wow! Amazing passage of play at the beginning.

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Guy September 16, 2012 10:41 am

French rugby can be quite amazing....but even more amazing is the fact that with this amount of foreigners on the field, they still seem to manage what we would regard as 'classic French rugby'.

This goes for both teams by the way. I think they were both part of an extraordinary spectacle. In would definitely love to see more of this.

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4LC4TR4Z September 16, 2012 2:27 pm

Fred Michalak - Vincent Martin - Alexis Palisson to Matt Giteau -
ball lost
Nagusa counter strike, go to the ground,
Jocelino Suta win the ball on the ruck, pass to David Smith to Pierrick Gunther.

8 players touched the ball, 3 foreigners, 2 foreigners had lost the ball. :D

French flair, definitely french. Ha ! :P

Ok, just kidding.

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Colombes September 17, 2012 12:09 pm

Good french rugby stuff as montpellier always plays a nice and freemind rugby, more surprinsing to see Toulon playing great rugby. Michalak and Giteau gives a lot of inspiration to Toulon.

on "mercenaries" concept, i personally dislike boudjellal personality but i appreciate and respect toulon traditions of rugby

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mise September 18, 2012 10:10 pm

back to rugbydump after a summer break and this is the first clip i see. Wow. Can only imagine how the players lungs were burning after that first try!

*sits back and catches up with RD*

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kadova September 18, 2012 10:28 pm

That's really great to see Toulon playing like that. Hope to see more of this !

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