R.C Toulon Vs Edinburgh Rugby Saturday 12th January 2019
15. Smaili 15. Kinghorn
14. Pietersen 14. Graham
13. Bastareaud Ó 13. Johnstone
12. Trinh-Duc 12. Dean
11. Savea 11. Van Der Merwe
10. Belleau 10. Van Der Walt
9. Webb 9. Pyrgos
1. Gros 1. Schoeman
2. Guirado 2. McInally Ó
3. Setiano 3. Nel
4. Kruger 4. Toolis
5. Taofifenua 5. Gilchrist
6. Onambele Mbarga 6. Ritchie
7. Isa 7. Watson
8. Lakafia 8. Mata
16. Etrillard 16. Cherry
17. Van Der Merwe 17. Dell
18. Monribot 18. Berghan
19. Carbonel 19. McKenzie
20. Zeghdar 20. Crosbie
21. Cottin 21. Fowles
22. Gorgodze 22. Hickey
Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew O’Grady (Eng)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Dix (Eng)
T.M.O: Rowan Kitt (Eng)
Venue: Stadé Félix-Mayol, Toulon
Could Edinburgh Rugby do it? Become only the 3rd team to beat the mighty Toulon, in their own back yard, in a European fixture?
Edinburgh were coming in to this one off the back of five wins in all competitions. Scoring a total of 129 points and conceding 52 points. Who would’ve thought, with one more game to play in the pool, that Edinburgh would be top and their opponents Toulon bottom? I, personally, and I’m not sure that many others would ‘ve thought that with a pool consisting of two French teams and an English team that Edinburgh would perform so well.
When Toulon scored a try within 2 minutes, I thought that we were going to be well and truly beaten. Edinburgh stand-off Van Der Walt added a penalty, then the on-fire winger Darcy Graham, acrobatically dotted down to make the score 5-8 on the 15 minute mark. Twenty-two minutes gone, and Isa crossed the white-wash to put the hosts back in front, Belleau converted to give them a five-point cushion. Thirty minutes played, and it looked like Mr On Fire Duhan Van Der Merwe was a shoo-in for another try, unfortunately the assistant referee noted that Duhan was in touch, so it was pulled back, just as he lit the jet pack.
James Johnstone and Jaco Van Der Walt were, along with Chris Dean, pulling the strings in the midfield area, carving open the Toloun defence at every opportunity. The first half came to a close with Schoeman and Graham enjoying a lot of possession. Toulon penalised, and Edinburgh decide to kick for goal. Unfortunately, Jaco pulled it wide so the score at half time was 12 – 8.
The boys came out for the second half raring to go in search of the win. Would we? Could we? Of course, we could.
Kinghorn and Mata were carrying very strongly and take us in to the Toulon territory. Again, Toulon penalised and Kinghorn does what he does best, kicks in to the corner.
Before you know it, Johnstone sends a nice grubber down to Kinghorn and he crosses the white-wash for our second try of the night. Jaco splits the uprights to give us a nice 3-point lead after 45 minutes played.
Edinburgh’s defensive play forces a forward pass from Toulon and Edinburgh have the scrum just outside our host’s try line. Edinburgh win the penalty and Jaco duly obliges and slots another 3 pointers for Edinburgh, the fantastic away support is now extremely vociferous, and it is like having 16 players on the field. Chants of Ed-in-bruh ring around the Stadé Mayol. 12 – 8.
Big Duhan is almost on the end of another Johnstone grubber kick, chance after chance coming for the Edinburgh lads now. The wide channel play has been amazing. Telepathic boys out there tonight, they know exactly where the ball needs to go. An hour in and we force the home team in to a sliced clearance which results in an Edinburgh lineout 10m from the Toulon try line. Penalty Edinburgh. Once again Jaco slots it between the sticks. 12 – 21 with 20 minutes to play.
James Johnstone adds to the tally tonight as he, and an absolute peach of an offload, which is still being mentioned everywhere, from Bill Mata after he ran and ran, dodging tackles here, there and everywhere to pass on to Johnstone who scores and Jaco adds the extras. 12 -28.
First changes for Edinburgh as Ritchie and Toolis are replaced by Crosbie and McKenzie.
Nel and Schoeman are replaced too by Berghan and Dell. Squeaky bum time for Edinburgh as Savea scores a try, the conversion attempt falls short. 17 – 28 with 6 minutes to play. This was the longest 6 minutes of my life. McInally is replaced by Cherry after, as usual, putting in a massive shift.
M.O.T.M is Edinburgh’s number 8, Bill Mata!!!!!!!!
Toulon knock on from the lineout and we take a scrum almost on half-way.
The whistle blows for full time and Edinburgh take a famous win over Richard Cockerill’s old charges.
Next up on Friday 18th January is Edinburgh’s last pool match at home to Montpellier.
3 Tries 3
1 from 3 Conversion goals 2 from 3
0 from 0 Penalty goals 3 from 4
33.0% Kick at goal success 71.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
22 Kicks from hand 17
101 Passes 215
98 Runs 157
300 Metres run with ball 463
35% (37%/33%) Possession (1H/2H) 65% (63%/67%)
27% (31%/24%) Territory (1H/2H) 73% (69%/76%)
5 Clean breaks 13
18 Defenders beaten 29
9 Offloads 14
50 from 52
(96.2%) Rucks won 106 from 108 (98.1%)
5 from 6 (83.3%) Mauls won 4 from 6 (66.7%)
13 Turnovers conceded 15
174/29 Tackles made/missed 88/18
86.0% Tackling success rate 83.0%
9 won, 0 lost
(100.0%) Scrums on own feed 3 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
7 won, 1 lost
(87.5%) Lineouts on own throw 20 won, 1 lost (95.2%)
8 (1) Penalties conceded (Freekicks) 6 (2)
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0