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 Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 15:50 GMT
Toulouse show their class
Emile Ntamack tackles Matt Mostyn
Toulouse cruise through to the knockout stages
Toulouse 70-18 Newport



The inaugural Heineken champions underlined their threat with a free-running display at the Stade Ernest Wallon.

Their 10 tries were all converted by scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde who contributed a total of 25 points.

Newport actually took the lead early on with a Jason Strange penalty, but the Frenchmen's slick handling game in the sub-zero temperatures proved too much for the hapless visitors.

Toulouse have barely been mentioned as likely Heineken Cup winners this season, but they are now virtually guaranteed a home draw in the quarter-finals and will be one of the teams to beat.

Jean-Baptiste Elissalde
Elissalde converted all 10 tries
Centre Xavier Garbajosa started the rout, and he was soon followed over the Black and Ambers' line by fly-half Delaigue.

The number 10 got his second just two minutes later as he finished a brilliant length-of-the-field move started by Emile Ntamack.

The former French captain then got a try of his own in first-half injury time to leave the score 28-6 at the break.

Match details:
Toulouse
Tries: X Garbajosa (2), J-B Elissalde, Y Delaigue (2), E Ntamack, Y Jauzion (2), J Bouilhou, V Clerc
Cons: Elissalde (10)
Newport
Tries: A Powell, O Tonu'u
Con: J Strange
Pens: Strange (2)
Toulouse were simply rampant in the second half. They ran in three tries in seven minutes early in the second period, two of them from centre Jauzion and the other by Garbajosa as Newport's tackling fell apart.

Flanker Jean Bouilhou sent Toulouse past the 50 mark, before the Black and Ambers finally gained some consolation when number eight Andy Powell grabbed a try.

Undaunted, Toulouse winger Vincent Clerc crossed for his team's 10th five-pointer.

Newport had the last word with a try from scrum-half Ofisa Tonu'u, but by then the French side's warning shot had rung out loud and clear around the rugby strongholds of Europe.


Toulouse: Clement Poitrenaud; Emile Ntmack, Yannick Jauzion, Xavier Garbajosa, Vincent Clerc; Yann Delaigue, Jean-Baptiste Delaigue; Cedric Soulette, Yannick Bru, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Gregory Lamboley, Fabien Pelous (capt), Jean Bouilhou, Trevor Brennan, Christian Labit.
Reps: Benoit Lecouls, William Servat, Finau Maka, Romain Milochlusky, Nicolas Jeanjean, Frederic Michalak, Cedric Desbrosse.

Newport: Shane Howarth; Matt Mostyn, Jon Pritchard, Andy Marinos, Dale Burn; Jason Strange, Ofisa Tonu'u; od Snow, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (capt), Ian Gough, Gareth Gravell, Jason Forster, Andy Powell.
Reps: Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Mike Voyle, Matthew Veater, Rhys Jones, Scott Williams, Llyr Lane.

Ref: Dave Pearson (England).


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