Paris - Toulouse boosted their hopes of making the French Top-14 playoffs with a battling 12-10 win at struggling Toulon on Saturday.
their points came from penalties as star-studded Toulon struggled to
find a way to break down the Toulouse defence despite dominating
The win leaves Toulouse in fifth place on 61 points,
eight points clear of Bordeaux and Castres who were both due to play
Only the top six qualify for the playoffs.
made far too many mistakes," said Toulon backs coach Steve Meehan. "We
were not disciplined enough and gave away too many penalties especially
when we were under pressure.
"And yet we started well and I told the players at half-time that if we continue to play like that we would score tries.
"We have four games left before the playoffs and we have time to put things right but we will have to work hard."
managed a late try for a defensive bonus point to draw level with
Montpellier on 68 points in second place behind leaders Clermont.
had by far the better of the first half but after 40 minutes all they
had to show for it was a penalty from flyhalf Eric Escande against six
points from the boot of his Toulouse counterpart Sebastien Bezy.
Florian Fritz took over the kicking duties and strikes from him after
58 and 69 minutes moved Toulouse 12-3 clear with the home crowd voicing
their disapproval of their team.
Toulon brought on powerhouse
centre Mathieu Bastareaud in a last-ditch attempt to break down the
Toulouse defence and they finally crossed the try line in the last
minute, South African flanker Juan Smith providing the finishing
They had one last possession to pull off what would have
been an undeserved win, but Australian winger James O'Connor was bundled
into touch on the halfway line.