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Edinburgh looking for maiden success in Toulon

Thursday 10th January 2019

11:49 am (GMT)

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Edinburgh Rugby will become the first Scottish team to win at Stade Felix-Mayol if they are able to defeat RC Toulon on Saturday evening. Coverage from Toulon will get under way at 17:30 GMT on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.

  • This will be the second meeting between RC Toulon and Edinburgh, with the Scottish club registering an emphatic 40-14 victory in Round 2 this season.
  • Toulon have won 24 of their 26 home games in tournament (L2), although one of their two defeats came in Round 1 this season against Newcastle Falcons.
  • Edinburgh have won away in France just twice in 19 attempts (L17), beating Castres Olympique in 2008/09 and Racing 92 in 2011/12.

  • Edinburgh have won their last three games in a row, their best run since winning four in a row on their way to the semi-finals in 2011/12.
  • Toulon have lost three of their four games this season, and they have never lost four pool stage fixtures in the same campaign.
  • Edinburgh have conceded just seven second-half points, fewer than any other side, while Toulon have conceded 64 in the same period.
  • Toulon’s Daniel Ikpefan has gained 103 metres from just six carries this season, his average gain of 17.2 metres per carry is the best of any player.
  • Edinburgh’s Bill Mata has made the most carries (79) of any player and the most metres of any forward (258) this season.

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Edinburgh battle from behind to clinch historic victory in Toulon

Saturday 12th January 2019

8:00 pm (GMT)

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Blair Kinghorn diving over for a second half try

Edinburgh Rugby regained top spot in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5 as they beat RC Toulon 28-17 at Stade Felix-Mayol on Saturday night.

Toulon started with a flurry, scoring the first try in the second minute through hooker Guilhem Guirado who powered his way over the line after some help from his fellow forwards.

The Scottish side eventually settled into a rhythm and won a kickable penalty, which Jaco van der Walt slotted over to cut the gap to two.

Edinburgh then took the lead for the first time as they reached the Toulon 22, making ground with each phase before looking to the backs, with Jamie Ritchie finding Darcy Graham who somehow got over his marker and dotted down in the corner.

The game then swung back in the favour of Toulon, who scored a second try through Facundo Isa. He nonchalantly tapped down after good forward work left them inches short of the line.

In the second half, Edinburgh quickly regained the lead when James Johnstone flicked a delightful ball behind the French side’s line, allowing Blair Kinghorn to sweep past the defenders and sprint clear for a well-worked score. Van der Walt split the sticks with aplomb, pushing Edinburgh three ahead.

Edinburgh then won two kicks at goal, extending the lead to nine points as Van der Walt continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over in favour of the Scottish region.

The defining moment came on 63 minutes when Bill Mata powered past five or six Toulon men and played a simply stunning offload to James Johnstone who sprinted the other half of the pitch for a try that effectively killed off the clash.

Toulon did respond through a Julian Savea try but it was too late to alter the outcome as the Scottish side took the points back to Murrayfield.

Edinburgh host Montpellier in Round 6 with the winner claiming top spot in Pool 5, while Toulon will travel to face Newcastle Falcons.

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