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Toulon 45 Cardiff Blues 25

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Seven tries in 40 minutes either side of half-time helped Toulon to a comfortable victory over Cardiff Blues.

Toulon headed into the match in very strong form, having recorded a comprehensive victory over Sale on their last outing, while the Blues were on a high following their win over Munster.
A slow start to the match showed little to suggest there'd be many points scored, with Leigh Halfpenny's penalty in the early stages putting Cardiff in front, before the Blues man added an unconverted try to make it 0-8.
But Toulon would roar back in the minutes that followed, and the Welsh side had no answer to the attack enterprise on show from their hosts.
Jonny Wilkinson added the conversion to Rudi Wolf's try shortly after Halfpenny's score to reduce the visitors' lead to a single point, and just over five minutes later Xavier Chiocci strode over for another converted score to give the hosts a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
JC Orioli added a third try shortly before the break for Toulon and, though Wilkinson was this time wide with the extras, the hosts' dominance was apparent, and a comeback from the Blues appeared unlikely.
Toulon were quick out of the traps in the second half to settle the contest, with tries from Maxime Mermoz, Alexis Palisson and Mathie Bastareaud in the minutes following the restart killing off any hopes of a Cardiff away win.
Wilkinson converted two of the three scores, before Matt Giteau took over the duties to convert Florian Fresia's clinical effort just after the hour.
The Blues stemmed the tide with an unconverted score from Alex Cuthbert and, to their credit, added two further consolation tries in the closing minutes through Halfpenny and Dafydd Hewitt to give the final scoreline a more credible look.

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