Toulon winger James O’Connor touches down against Montpellier. Photo: Skysports
Toulon laid down a marker as they cruised to a 40-17 bonus-point win over Montpellier to move temporarily to the top of the table.
Up against a weakened Montpellier side, they did not have everything their own way in the first half, leading 17-14 at the break.
But they proved too powerful in the second 40, and ran in 5 tries, with James O’Connor scoring a brace to seal a second straight victory.
Trinh-Duc (2nd from right) stayed calm to pull Montpellier through. Photo: Skysports
Francois Trinh-Duc held his nerve as Montpellier stunned Clermont 21-20 at the Stade Marcel Michelin.
The French international scored 18 of his side’s 21 points, including a last-minute penalty from 45 metres out when Clermont had been penalised in a scrum.
Tuitavake has been talking to other Tongan players in the Top 14. Photo: Skysports
Former All Black Anthony Tuitavake has revealed that he has already spoken with a number of other players in France about the new IRB loophole which could allow players to switch nationalities despite having already featured at Test level.
The introduction of rugby sevens as an Olympic sport has seen a change to the IRB regulations on qualifying criteria, and it could allow international players to switch countries provided they have not featured at Test level for the last 18 months, and hold a passport for their ‘new’ country.
They would then have to feature internationally in an Olympic Sevens event, which includes the IRB Sevens World Series, the official qualifying tournament.