Clermont get the better of Toulon

Clermont claimed their first win of the season with a 21-16 victory over Toulon at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Sunday.

Clermont have now beaten Toulon in back-to-back matches, having won the sides' Top 14 final encounter on June 5.

In the opening quarter, Anthony Belleau and Camille Lopez exchanged penalties as both sides felt each other out. 

But in the 17th minute, Chris Ashton set the game alight when he scored his third try of the season in just two games as Anthony Belleau added the extras to give the visitors a 10-3 lead.

However, Toulon's discipline soon cost them when in the space of six minutes just before the interval, Romain Taofifenua and Ma'a Nonu were yellow-carded, leaving their side reeling with 13 men as Lopez added his second penalty to cut the deficit to four.

And Clermont duly capitalised on their numerical advantage when Alivereti Raka scored after the first-half hooter to give the hosts a slender 11-10 lead at the break.

Ten minutes after the interval, Damian Penaud rubbed further salt in to the wounds when he grabbed his first of the season. Lopez added the extras as the home side extended their lead to 18-10.

Clermont were then reduced to 14 men when Peceli Yato was sin-binned with a quarter of the match to go. Belleau slotted a penalty in the 67th minute to cut the deficit to five at 18-13.

The only action of the final 10 minutes saw both fly-halves exchanging penalties as Clermont came away with a vital 21-16 win.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Penaud, Raka
Cons: Lopez
Pens: Lopez 3

For Toulon:
Tries: Ashton
Cons: Belleau
Pens: Belleau 3

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Alivereti Raka, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Judicael Cancoriet, 6 Viktor Kolelishvili, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Maxence Barjaud, 19 Peceli Yato, 20 Charlie Cassang, 21 Patricio Fernandez, 22 Aurelien Rougerie, 23 Rabah Slimani

Toulon: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 puns Chris Ashton, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Samu Manoa, 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Mamuka Gorgodze, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Swan Rebbadj, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Jocelino Suta, 19 Rudy Gahetau, 20 Francois Trinh-Duc, 21 JP Pietersen, 22 Anthony Meric, 23 Levan Chilachava

Referee: Pascal Gauzere
Assistant referees: Maxime Chalon, Laurent Breil
TMO: Eric Gauzins

Photo credit: Rugbyrama

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