Charles Ollivon the boss
Clearly the best Toulon player this afternoon. The RCT captain was elected man of the match and was instrumental in many actions, especially defensively. The France international was able to reassure his defence by anticipating some of Exeter's throw-ins in the second half. The Var No.7 was extremely effective in tackles (17 successful for only one miss). Ollivon also showed his physical power in conquest and proved once again on Saturday that he is the great leader of this Toulon team.
This Chiefs lineup surprised everyone. 6th in the Premiership, Exeter showed the enthusiasm and youth of their team to win at Mayol. While Toulon looked worn out at the end of the match, the English, trailing 18-5 at half-time, never gave up and found the resources to finally win on the Rade. Very big move by the Chiefs this afternoon.
Toulon struggle in the second half
Second cataclysmic period of the RCT. The Var did not score a single point in the second half, although they had the game well in hand at the break (18-5). Pierre Mignoni's men were extremely febrile and clumsy at the end of the match, unable to break free from their own half. RC Toulon looked panicked as soon as the match started to turn, only to collapse at the last second.
Baptiste Serin's injury
Clearly the turning point of the match. Baptiste Serin, who came on in the 53rd minute in place of Ben White, went off injured two minutes later following a big clash with Olly Woodburn. The Toulon player is said to have dislocated his shoulder and was taken away on a stretcher. After this terrible blow, RCT offered nothing more and seemed to be elsewhere until the final whistle. A scenario that shows the importance of Baptiste Serin in this team, a true pillar of this Var group.