Toulon is entitled to a third chance to add the Challenge Cup to its prize list. After its defeats against Cardiff in 2019 then against Biarritz in 2012, the RCT will face Bristol on October 16 on the lawn of the Maurice-David Stadium in Aix-en-Provence. For this, the players of Patrice Collazo have very rarely trembled against the Leicester Tigers on their lawn at the Mayol Stadium. If George Ford opened the scoring with a penalty of 48 meters, it was the Toulonnais who made the play and from the 8th minute, following a ball scratched by Sergio Parisse, Bryce Heem resisted the former Rochelais Kini Murimurivalu to flatten the first try of the match. If Louis Carbonel was solid at the foot, Gabin Villière gave more relief to the score of the RCT in the 20th minute when, following a ball lost by Murimurivalu, the Toulon winger made a festival in the defense of the Tigers to flatten. It was not until the last moments of the first act to see former Montpellier Nemani Nadolo flatten Leicester’s first try in a corner.
Toulon never worried
Clumsy in the game and far from flawless on penalties, George Ford was able to bring the Tigers to six lengths from the start of the second period but, following a carried ball, the RCT handed a boost. Indeed, shortly before the hour mark after a touch, Sergio Parisse was able to take the ball out to launch a launched Facundo Isa which flattened in force the third Toulon test. But what definitely handicapped Leicester was the yellow card received by Tomas Lavanini for a late tackle on Louis Carbonel that the referee immediately penalized. In the process and after a long course of action, Paia’aua found a loophole in the opposing defense to serve as a chistera Gabin Villière who was able to sign his double. With 20 points ahead, the Toulonnais could see it coming but they still had to close ranks, ending the match at fourteen after the yellow card received by Sergio Parisse for having voluntarily collapsed a maul. A numerical superiority that made the business of the aptly named Harry Potter who, despite three defenders from Toulon, was able to flatten the second try of the Tigers, who bow logically (34-19). Toulon will be able to conclude almost at home this epic during which, for the moment, they are undefeated.
CHALLENGE CUP / SEMI-FINALS
Friday 25 September 2020
Bristol (2) – Bordeaux-Bègles (3): 37-20 (ap)
Saturday September 26, 2020
Toulon (1) – Leicester (4): 34-19
Friday October 16, 2020
9:00 p.m .: Toulon (1) – Bristol (2)