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Wilkinson happy to be back in Toulon
ESPNscrum Staff
October 18, 2011
Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson reflects on defeat, Perpignan v Toulon, Heineken Cup Quarter-Final, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, Spain, April 9, 2011
Jonny Wilkinson enjoyed a winning return to club duty with Toulon at the weekend © Getty Images

Jonny Wilkinson has lauded Toulon's team spirit following his successful return to the club's colours in their 38-0 hammering of Perpignan at Stade Mayol on Saturday.

The England fly-half came off the bench after 55 minutes and kicked two conversions in the bonus point win. He admitted afterwards he was delighted to be back in the fold.

Wilkinson told Var Matin: "It was great to be back with the team after the World Cup. There were a lot of positives but there are also certainly plenty of things to follow up and work on. The spirit [in the team] was great. I feel comfortable when I play for a team like this.

"We played with all our preparation in place and we gave everything for each other. It feels really good here at the moment with that spirit and the passion of the supporters in the stands."

Biarritz manager Laurent Rodriguez has admitted that he fears relegation for the famous Basque club if they do not manage to pull out of their current slump.

Friday night's 32-7 defeat away to Brive left Biarritz two points adrift at the bottom of the Top 14, after a performance that Rodriguez branded "ridiculous."

"We play a sport in which the base of everything is the set-piece. Without that you can do nothing," a frustrated Rodriguez told Sudouest.

"In terms of Brive, we can't analyse our defeat from a rugby point of view as we were beaten up in the scrum and the line-out. We were ridiculous."

Meanwhile, Castres coach Laurent Labit has insisted his team won't get ahead of themselves after beating Toulouse 24-3 to go to the summit of the Top 14.

The Tarn-based outfit have scored 72 points in their last three games, winning each of those games without scoring a try, and Labit conceded that while he was happy with the win, he'd be happier if they weren't relying on their goal-kickers so much.

"We would have loved, given the situations we got ourselves into, to have crossed the try line," he told La Depeche du Midi.

"Unfortunately, though, that's three games in which we've had difficulties in crossing the line. When you play Toulouse, you know you are always going to be up against it. You know that when you play you have to threaten but for us, it's important that we don't turn over the ball and avoid being overcome."

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