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European Champions Cup: Toulon 17-28 Edinburgh – Richard Cockerill’s side close on quarter-finals


Blair Kinghorn scored the second of Edinburgh’s three tries
Champions Cup: Toulon v Edinburgh
Toulon (12) 17
Tries: Guirado, Lakafia, Savea Con: Belleau
Edinburgh (8) 28
Tries: Graham, Kinghorn, Johnstone Cons: Van der Walt 2 Pens: Van der Walt 3

Edinburgh moved to within touching distance of a place in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals with a historic victory in Toulon.

Richard Cockerill’s side became only the third team to win at the Stade Mayol in European competition.

Tries from Guilhem Guirado and Facundo Isa gave the hosts a 12-8 lead, Darcy Graham replying with a fine finish.

But tries from Blair Kinghorn and James Johnstone put Edinburgh clear and they held out despite Julian Savea’s score.

This was a sixth successive win for the capital side, surpassing their previous best run under Cockerill.

They are now three points ahead of Montpellier at the top of Pool Five, with Vern Cotter’s side heading to Murrayfield next Friday to determine who tops the group.

Even defeat for Edinburgh may be enough to see them through as one of three best runners-up.

More to follow.

Toulon: Smaili; Pietersen, Bastareaud, Trinh-Duc, Savea; Belleau, Webb; Gros, Guirado, Setiano, Kruger, Taofifenua, Mbarga, Isa, Lakafia.

Replacements: Etrillard, Chiocci, M Van der Merwe (for Setiano, 52), Monribot, Carbonel (for Smaili, 52), Zeghdar (for Pietersen, 41), Cottin, Gorgodze (for Taofifenua, 56).

Edinburgh: Kinghorn; Graham, Johnstone, Dean, Van der Merwe; Van der Walt, Pyrgos; Schoeman, McInally (capt), Nel, Toolis, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Watson, Mata.

Replacements: Cherry, Dell, Berghan, McKenzie (for Toolis, 67), Crosbie (for Ritchie, 67), Fowles, Hickey, Socino.



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