Toulouse made light work of Toulon in their Top 14 encounter, claiming a deserved 39-0 bonus-point victory at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday.
The home side dominated from start to finish and although they led 13-0 at half-time, the gulf between these two sides became evident after the break and Toulouse became stronger as the match progressed.
Toulouse, who drew their previous match with tabletoppers Clermont, outscored their visitors by five tries to none with Yoann Huget, Antoine Dupont, Thomas Ramos, Piula Faasalele and Cheslin Kolbe all crossing the whitewash. Ramos also added three conversions and two penalties to finish with a 17-point haul and Romaine Ntamack also slotted a conversion.
As the scoreline suggests, Toulouse held the upper-hand in most facets of play and although Toulon were reduced to 13 men during the game’s latter stages – when Rhys Webb and Daniel Ikpefan were yellow carded for illegal tackles – the home side had done enough by then to secure the result.
Huget, Dupont and Ramos had already crossed the whitewash by then, and Faasalele dotted down shortly after Webb’s sin binning in the 67th minute. Ikpefan’s yellow card followed three minutes later before Kolbe added the final nail in Toulon’s coffin with his side’s fifth try in the 77th minute.
The win moves Toulouse back into second place in the standings, five points adrift of Clermont while Toulon are still languishing in 10th spot.