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Saturday Sep 15, 2012

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

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.


  • kadova
    11:28 PM 18/09/2012

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

  • mise
    11:10 PM 18/09/2012

    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*

  • colombes
    1:09 PM 17/09/2012

    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

  • 4lc4tr4z
    3:27 PM 16/09/2012

    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.

  • guy
    11:41 AM 16/09/2012

    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.

  • darabman
    5:10 AM 16/09/2012

    Wow! Amazing passage of play at the beginning.

  • kiwi
    4:30 AM 16/09/2012

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

  • technomouse
    10:30 PM 15/09/2012

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

  • moddeur
    7:36 PM 15/09/2012

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


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