Toulon player ratings vs Glasgow | 2023 Challenge Cup final

Toulon player ratings dwell from Aviva Stadium: Ten years on from their maiden Heineken Champions Cup title of their nonetheless unrivalled three-in-a-row success, Toulon had been again in Dublin on Friday evening seeking to turn out to be second-tier champions for the primary time.


Showpiece defeats to Bristol and Lyon in current occasions had given the French membership a pointy reminder that life has very a lot modified from their days of ruling Europe with the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Bakkies Botha and Matt Giteau heading up a galaxy of brilliant and shining stars.

They nonetheless like family names on their books. Simply have a look at the presence of Cheslin Kolbe, Dan Biggar and Sergio Parisse on this class of 2023, together with stand-out locals similar to Gabin Villiere, Baptiste Serin and Charles Ollivon.

Nonetheless, with the membership having not contested a High 14 final since 2017 and with the material now reduce in another way on the membership on this post-Mourad Boudjellal period, mid-table league campaigns have turn out to be a behavior as evident of their newest eighth-place effort with one match remaining.

Profitable the Challenge Cup, then, was a should in entrance of a 31,514 attendance and so they turned up in impolite well being, not like the final time they had been in Dublin when their April 2021 round-of-16 match was cancelled at Leinster to depart them eradicated from the Champions Cup.

Regardless of shedding Dan Biggar to a failed HIA, all the things else ran easily with Baptiste Serie the star of the present, scoring two first-half tries and helping Sergio Parisse with the opposite for a commanding 21-0 benefit.

With the incorrect Glasgow persevering with to repeatedly kick penalties to the touch on the resumption and never on the posts to chip into the hole, there was by no means going to be a revival and the second half was a query of how a lot the profitable margin could be.


Twenty-four was the reply, Toulon having fun with second-half tries from Jiuta Naqoli Wainiqolo, Waisea Vuidravuwalu and Ihaia West to move off some comfort Glasgow tries and ensure a formidable 43-19 victory. Listed here are the Toulon player ratings:

15. Cheslin Kolbe – 8.5
Got here to the membership as a 2021 double-winner with Toulouse, he now has extra silverware on the again of a stable efficiency the place his frills had been his early second-half try-saving deal with on Sebastian Cancelliere adopted by a peach of a 50:22 after which a attempt help go. One other crunching deal with on Cancelliere adopted in a while.

14. Jiuta Naqoli Wainiqolo – 7
The younger Fijian had been within the ending type of his life this time period and it confirmed along with his elegant end on 58, stepping in off his line and gliding by means of the duvet. That intervention made candy amends for his mishap simply minutes earlier when shopping for a dummy from the try-scoring Kyle Steyn.

13. Waisea Vuidravuwalu – 8.5
Snapped up after a decade at Stade Francais, his spotlight was the terrific carry to create Toulon’s attempt, accelerating with panache in between two would-be Glasgow tacklers. Beloved the passion. Beloved the hair, too. Deservedly rewarded with a Sixty fourth-minute attempt.


12. Duncan Paia’aua – 6 (Jeremy Sinzelle – 6.5)
One of many half-dozen gamers to start out all three Challenge Cup finals with Toulon, and unlucky dunt in a collision with Sione Tuipulotu ended his night on 32 minutes. Sinzelle, a summer season signing from La Rochelle, didn’t let Toulon down after his entry.

11. Gabin Villiere – 6.5 (Mathieu Bastareaud – 6)
A star of the 2022 Grand Slam, harm wrecked his 12 months and that frustration continued right here as he didn’t return for the second half. Confirmed his worth, although, when reacting first to a harmful kick forward that had Kolbe crushed with Glasgow attempting to chisel right into a 0-14 deficit. Bastareaud, the previous centre, had been named as a sub ahead, however he performed within the midfield given the backline’s glut of accidents. Was given one sit-down by Sione Tuipulotu.

10. Dan Biggar – No score (Ihaia West – 7)
On a day of headline Check retirements in Wales, the veteran out-half sadly lasted a mere 4 minutes and didn’t return after a failed HIA. His substitute was removed from shabby, Ihaia West displaying why he was a Champions Cup winner final time period with La Rochelle. Delightfully rounded issues off along with his crew’s sixth attempt.

9. Baptiste Serin – 9 (Benoit Paillaugue – 7)
Residing within the shadow of Antione Dupont at Check stage, however very a lot a membership rock star and he took this contest by the scruff of the neck and had it killed by the twenty fifth minute with two wonderful tries and a slick help. His kick for the primary was candy and the dummy for his second rating was top-drawer. As with Toulon’s different early bench introductions, Benoit Paillaugue didn’t disappoint along with his half-time introduction.

1. Dany Priso – 8 (Jean Baptiste Gros – 6.5)
One other of the gamers snapped up final summer season from La Rochelle, he gave Zander Fangerson all kinds of hassle, a lot in order that the opposition prop was whipped on as early because the forty sixth minute. Priso adopted 5 minutes later to provide Gros the chance to adequately see it by means of to the end.

2. Teddy Baubigny – 7.5 (Christopher Tolofua – 6.5 )
The import from Racing 92 was one of many prime sturdy explanation why Toulon has Glasgow’s quantity. Demonstrated his immense worth with a maul turnover early within the second half. Gone on 46, although, to permit Tolofua to complete the job.

3. Beka Gigashvili – 7.5 (Kieran Brookes – 6) 
Six years after packing down in Federale 1 at Chambery, the Georgian is now a European title winner. Was on prime of his recreation when it mattered. Exited on 51 minutes for Brookes after which got here again seven minutes from the tip.

4. Mathieu Tanguy – 7.5 (Facundo Isa – 6)
A fringe European player in current seasons at La Rochelle, his heft was invaluable to Toulon in getting the sting right here on the Warriors. Left on 57 for a HIA and returned on 70 to permit Parisse to take the acclaim of an adoring crowd.

5. Brian Alainu’uese – 7.5
Had his Glasgow connections, having frolicked in Scotland, however there was no love misplaced right here as his engine room grunt helped tilt the stability.

6. Cornell Du Preez – 7
From the now-defunct Worcester to a cup-winning crew by the Med, the South African confirmed his bruteness when giving Fraser Brown the smack that dislodged possession when Glasgow had been attempting to seize a lifeline at 0-21.

7. Charles Ollivon – 8
Having had his semi-final crimson card rescinded at a disciplinary listening to, he was a breakdown nuisance right here and his lineout steal was the genesis of the contest-deadening third attempt.

8. Sergio Parisse – 8
The rugby romantics demanded that the 39-year-old bought the proper send-off as a winner and boy did he get pleasure from celebrating his 18th-minute attempt below the posts. Left to a heartening standing ovation shortly earlier than the end. A cultured European exit for a category operator.

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