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Toulon join Lyon in the final

Toulon validated their ticket to the final of the Challenge Cup by overcoming a catchy Saracens team (25-16) and will face Lyon on May 27 in the final.

The Challenge Cup will stay in France! While Montpellier is the title holder of the “small” European Rugby Cup, two Top 14 clubs will do battle on May 27 in Marseille for the title. Indeed, a few hours after Lyon’s victory against Wasps, Toulon got the better of Saracens at Mayol. A meeting that the Varois started with a bang. From the 3rd minute, Gabin Villière went to flatten the first try of this semi-final. Present at the reception of a game at the foot of Baptiste Serin, Louis Carbonel was able to play on his winger but the Sarries defense was able to intervene. The game then bounced back and the RCT flyhalf was able to replay on his winger, who flattened into a corner. After a penalty from Owen Farrell, the Saracens restarted after a quarter of an hour of play on a stroke of luck. After a post from the English striker, Baptiste Serin’s clearance was countered by Ben Earl who, having followed well, flattened in front of a dumbfounded Toulon public.

Toulon solid in the second period

Shortly before the half hour mark, the Londoners widened the gap thanks to the foot of Owen Farrell but it was then that the Sarries fell off. After a penalty then a failure at the foot of Louis Carbonel, Gabin Villière allowed the RCT to take the lead at the break. At the end of a collective action, Cornell du Preez was able to fix the opposing defense and serve on a plateau the international winger, who gave the Var club a two-point lead at the break. Back on the pitch, the Saracens missed the opportunity to regain the advantage on a long-distance penalty from Elliot Daly while Louis Carbonel did not miss the target. Owen Farrell restored the gap to two points on the hour mark but that was before the Jiuta Wainiqolo festival. The Fijian, launched by Duncan Paia’aua, mystified the Sarries defense to flatten the try that freed Stade Mayol. In the process, Louis Carbonel gave more air to the RCT, which was not worried by the Saracens in the last quarter of an hour. Toulon won (25-16) and will play their fourth Challenge Cup final, with the hope of winning the trophy for the first time.



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