Wilkinson misfires as Toulon fall to Toulouse
October 26, 2013
Gael Fickou clatters into Frederic Michalak © Getty Images
Jonny Wilkinson missed three kicks at the death as Toulon fell to a 13-12 defeat at Toulouse on Saturday.
Wilkinson was a late addition to Toulon's bench as Maxime Medard cried off but he failed to kick the match-winning points as he missed two penalties and a last-gasp drop-goal. It looked for so long to be a win for Toulon as they charged to a 12-0 half-time lead over the hosts, who were reduced to 14 men with Jean-Pascal Barraque sin-binned, thanks to four penalties from Frederic Michalak.
But it was the clichéd game of two halves as Toulouse stormed back in the second 40 with Jano Vermaak's try alongside three points from Barraque and five from Jean-Marc Doussain enough to hand the hosts a key victory. Toulon's case was not helped by a yellow card handed to Andrew Sheridan for a professional foul.
Clermont extended their unbeaten run at home as they left it late to beat Brive 36-29 at Stade Marcel Michelin. Jean Marcel Buttin grabbed the home side's opening score while Napolioni Nalaga scored twice and 10 points from Mike Delany and a further 11 from Brock James were enough to see them over the line. But Brive pushed them close with Gaetan Germain keeping the scoreboard ticking over from the tee and Andrew Malei and Malakai Bakaniceva Radikedike both scoring.
Castres consigned Biarritz to a heavy defeat winning 39-0 at the Stade Pierre-Antoine. The reigning Top 14 champions ran in five tries in total with Geoffrey Palis, Romain Cabannes, Karena Wihongi, Brice Dulin and Daniel Kirkpatrick all scoring. Biarritz are rooted at the foot of the table and are favourites for relegation from France's top flight.
Grenoble were also in action and they defeated Oyonnax 23-10 while Perpignan saw off Bordeaux-Begles 31-20.
Racing Metro beat Stade Francais 16-12 in an error-strewn defensive affair played out in front of a half-empty stadium. The only try of the game came in the third minute through Luc Ducalcon.
On Friday, Bayonne ended a difficult week with a morale-boosting 24-19 win over Montpellier. Bayonne have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons due to the conduct of three of their players, but they have put things right on the field with an impressive win. Ex-All Black Joe Rokocoko and Martin Bustos Moyano got the hosts two tries while the latter knocked over a further 14 points with the boot. For the visitors, Enzo Selponi grabbed their try with Benoît Paillaugue slotting 14 points.
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