Toulon v Glasgow Warriors

Defending champions Toulon dominated the Warriors in the first half of their Heineken Cup opener but the visitors scored four second half tries to come away with a bonus point.

Maxime Mermoz twice crossed the line for home tries and Delon Armitage and Chris Masoe also rounded off moves as Toulon produced a stylish display.

But DTH van der Merwe spearheaded a recovery that saw Gregor Townsend's men score four second half tries.

Matt Giteau added two more Toulon tries to guarantee the hosts victory.

Jonny Wilkinson captained Toulon and with customary accuracy booted home three conversions and a penalty before leaving the pitch injured, to be replaced by Frederic Michalak.

The Englishman was adding the extras and putting the French out of reach in the match, but the real eye-catching rugby came from his team-mates, who moved the ball at pace and with accuracy.

The home crowd roared with delight as their team played some sublime rugby to go in at the break well ahead.

The Warriors came out with real purpose for the second half.

Van der Merwe caused discontent amongst the home supporters when he scored Glasgow's first points with a purposeful charge over, but that looked like merely a minor irritation when Giteau's surge restored the 34-point advantage.

However, a superb shimmy and run by Ruaridh Jackson provided the energetic Matawalu with the perfect chance to score the Warriors second try and Jackson landed the conversion.

After strong hold-up play by Ed Kalman Jonny Gray went over for the vistors third

Jeers and whistles filled the Toulon skies when DTH v an der Merwe darted away from the home defence for Glasgow's fourth try and a bonus point.

That was to be Glasgow's final scoring contribution, with a Michalak penalty and another Giteau try extending Toulon's winning margin.

Next Sunday the Warriors face Exeter Chiefs at home in what is now a massive Heineken Cup encounter.

live commentary 4:00 PM Sunday 13 Oct 2013

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