Toulon will be entitled to its Challenge Cup semi-final at the Stade Mayol. But this quarter-final against the Scarlets was complicated for the men of Fabrice Collazo. Out of the way in the first period, the Toulonnais were too undisciplined with two penalties from former RCT back Leigh Halfpenny to punish these errors. However, in the 24th minute, the Var thought they had scored the first try of the match through Sergio Parisse. But, after video review, the referee finally refused the test of the former Italian international for a forward pass and a dubious conclusion from the former captain of the Stade Français Paris. Toulon could have returned to the locker room with only three points behind but Baptiste Serin had not set the sights correctly.
Toulon can thank Parisse
From the restart, Leigh Halfpenny missed the opportunity to widen the gap on a long distance penalty full axis. It was finally Louis Carbonel, who came into play in place of Baptiste Serin for the end of the match, who relaunched the RCT shortly before the hour mark. A penalty that changed everything. Two minutes later, on a penalty played quickly by the opener world champion under 20, Villière is served. The latter combines with Ollivon and Rebbadj before Parisse goes to flatten this first Toulon test so expected. A final penalty signed Carbonel sealed the fate of the match with a short but precious victory for Toulon (11-6) which will therefore receive Leicester, beneficiary of the Castres package, next Saturday for a place in the final.
CHALLENGE CUP / QUAR-FINAL
Friday, September 18, 2020
Bristol Bears (2) – Newport Gwent Dragons (7): 56-17
Saturday 19 September 2020
Bordeaux-Begles (3) – Edinburgh (6): 23-14
Toulon (1) – Scarlets (8): 11-6
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Leicester Tigers (4) – Castres (5) >>> Leicester qualified after Castres’ withdrawal