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Saracens 28-9 Toulon

Saracens (15) 28
Tries: Melck Cons: Hougaard Pens: Hougaard 5
Toulon (9) 9
Pens: Wilkinson 2 Drop: Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson in action for Toulon against Saracens
Jonny Wilkinson (left) scored all Toulon's points against Saracens

Saracens recorded their first victory of the year with a resounding Challenge Cup win over Toulon at Vicarage Road.

But it may not be enough to keep them in the competition as once again they failed pick up a four-try bonus point, relying on Derrick Hougaard's kicking.

Jonny Wilkinson followed an early drop-goal with two penalties before Hougaard kicked Sarries into a half-time lead.

When both Toulon flankers in the sin-bin Saracens upped the pressure and Justin Melck scored their only try.

Going into the final round of group matches next week, Toulon still have the upper hand.

They are one point clear of Saracens at the top of Pool Three, and if the Londoners want to reach the knock-out stages of the competition, they must beat Rovigo next week and pick up a bonus point, while hoping Toulon fail to do the same against fellow French side Castres.

Saracens: Goode; Penney, Ratuvou, Barritt, Wyles; Hougaard, Marshall; Gill, Brits, Nieto, Borthwick, Ryder, Melck, Saull, Joubert.
Replacements: Cato for Goode (60), Powell for Wyles (61), de Kock for Marshall (59), Aguero for Gill (41), Ongaro for Brits (65), Mercey for Nieto (51), Vyvyan for Ryder (51), Barrell for Joubert (68).

Sin Bin: Ratuvou (76).

Toulon: Rooney; Marienval, Lovobalavu, May, Loamanu; Wilkinson, Henjak; Taumoepeau, Djoudi, Leaaetoa, Lozada, Chesney, Missoup, Beal, van Niekerk.
Replacements: Contepomi for Rooney (57), Giacobazzi for Henjak (71), Emmanuelli for Taumoepeau (55), Bruno for Djoudi (55), Ryan for Leaaetoa (59), Tussac for Beal (73).
Not Used: Kubriashvili, Kefu.

Sin Bin: Beal (44), Missoup (47).

Att: 6,143

Ref: Neil Paterson (SRFU).

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see also
Castres 9-23 Saracens
11 Dec 09 |  Saracens
In-form Wilkinson sinks Saracens
15 Oct 09 |  Rugby Union
European Challenge Cup 2009/10
21 May 09 |  Rugby Union

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