Friday 19 January 2018

Racing get the drop on Toulon

Racing Metro 15
Toulon 12

JONNY Wilkinson found himself out-dropped in last night's Top 14 defeat to high-flying Racing Metro, as Toulon's domestic struggles continued.

But there was plenty to occupy the minds of Tony McGahan and the Munster brains trust as the southern outfit scrummaged strongly and looked in command before the break, before the Parisians came back to win it.

A penalty and three drop-goals from Wilkinson had the visitors 12-3 up at the break, but Jonathan Wisniewski kicked a penalty and two drop-goals, with Frans Steyn also adding a drop-goal.

Wilkinson had a chance to level with a late drop-goal, but his effort drifted wide as Metro held on ahead of their Heineken Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne next weekend -- a fixture Leinster will watch with interest, with a trip to Paris of their own coming in two weeks' time.

Toulon rested Felipe Contepomi and Carl Hayman ahead of their Munster mission next Saturday as they earned a bonus point.

Irish Independent

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