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European Rugby Champions Cup
Toulon edge past spirited Scarlets
ESPN Staff
October 19, 2014
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Date/Time: Oct 19, 2014, 16:15 local, 14:15 GMT
Venue: Stade FĂ©lix-Mayol, Toulon
Toulon 28 - 18 Scarlets
Half-time: 18 - 13
Tries: Armitage, Giteau, Mermoz
Cons: Halfpenny 2
Pens: Halfpenny 3
Tries: Barclay, KJ Phillips
Cons: Priestland
Pens: Priestland 2
Toulon's David Smith hands off the Scarlets defender, Toulon v Scarlets, European Rugby Champions Cup, Stade Felix-Mayol, October 19, 2014
Toulon's David Smith does his best to make some yards
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Steffon Armitage scored for Toulon as they beat the Scarlets 28-18 at Stade Felix-Mayol on Sunday.

Tries from Matt Giteau, Maxime Mermoz and Armitage - whose hopes of a move to Bath fell through this week - gave Toulon a 12th successive win in Europe but they were denied a bonus point by a stubborn Scarlets display. Two yellow cards for Rory Pitman and Emyr Phillips cost the visitors the chance of a losing bonus point but Toulon failed to punish the Welsh region with a poor display by their high standards.

Scarlets were reduced to 14 men after just six minutes when Pitman saw yellow for a high tackle on wing David Smith, allowing Leigh Halfpenny to kick the home side in front. Rhys Priestland brought the visitors level with a penalty before Giteau lit the contest up with a wonderful individual try.

Halfpenny bizarrely failed to add the simple conversion after the ball fell off its tee halfway through his run-up and the Scarlets picked the ball up. The visitors hit back with a converted try from flanker John Barclay after good work by Scott Williams and Liam Williams.

But straight from the restart Scarlets skipper Scott Williams took too long over a clearance and Mermoz charged his kick down and went under the posts, with Halfpenny adding the extras. Wales internationals Priestland and Halfpenny exchanged penalties before the interval to give Toulon a slender 18-13 lead at the break.

Toulon put the Scarlets under pressure at the beginning of the second period but were finding it difficult to break through the visitors' defence. Hooker Phillips became the second Scarlets player sent to the bin for using his hands on the floor after Smith had made a dangerous break for Toulon.

But after going to touch with the penalty, Toulon lost the line-out and the Scarlets were able to clear. Halfpenny added a long-range penalty with 15 minutes remaining to settle home nerves but they had to wait for a third try.

Another good break from Giteau made the room for Armitage to crash over from close range with nine minutes remaining. With Toulon chasing the bonus point the Scarlets were able to end on a high with a Kristian Phillips try in the final minute.

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