Freshwater sinks Toulon
Perry Freshwater, the England prop, will remember his decisive second-half try against Toulon for a long time, a golden moment at the Olympic Stadium in the autumn of his career.
He upstaged former England colleague Jonny Wilkinson, who was making his debut in a Heineken Cup knockout match.
"I get paid to push, not score tries. I can't even remember the last time I scored," said Freshwater after Perpignan overcame an error-strewn first half to salvage the day for the Catalans, who took a big risk in moving the match to Barcelona.
Freshwater, a second-half replacement, was part of a much-improved forward effort after the break, when they took a stranglehold of the game. As for Wilkinson, it was a disappointing day. Although his kicking was up to scratch, he and the Toulon backs struggled.
Perpignan -- J Porical; A Plante, D Marty, J Grandclaude (G Hume 58), J Candelon; N Laharrague (J Michel 69), F Cazenave (D Mele 61); H Tuilagi (O Tonita 69), D Chouly, B Guiry; R Tchale Watchou, G Vilaceca (RA Kaireles 58); N Mas (K Pulu 65), G Guirado (C Geli 74), J Schuster (P Freshwater 47).
Toulon -- R Lamont; R Wulf, G Messina (F Contepomi 66), G Lovobalavu, C Loamanu (P Sackey 55); J Wilkinson, P Mignoni (F Cibray 59); J van Niekerk (J El Abd 71), G Smith, J Fernandez Lobbe; D Schofield, K Chesney (C Samson 58); D Kubriashvili D Tussac 75), S Bruno (J Genevois 47), L Emmanuelli (S Taumoepeau 53).
Ref -- A Rolland (Ireland).