French Wallabies have last laugh

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by Beth Newman

A handful of former Test foes faced off in a thrilling Toulon win over Racing 92 in the Top 14 over the weekend.

Ex-All Black flyhalf Dan Carter converted his own try in the 78th minute to put Racing 92 in what seemed like a winning lead.

It wasn’t to be , with French international Freddie Michalak slotting a penalty just shy of full-time to give Toulon the win.

The victory puts them into second point and within striking distance of league leaders Clermont.

Aussies James O’Connor and Quade Cooper both played out full matches, in a pleasing sign for Toulon.

Cooper played out the game at fullback, with O’Connor on the wing in his first match after a health scare.

Former Wallabies Jesse Mogg and Nic White played the full 80 minutes for Montpellier in another dominant victory, 45-21, over Agen.

The win puts Montpellier in third spot in the Top 14, just one point behind Toulon.

Adam Ashley-Cooper played a full match for Bordeaux in a tight 19-24 loss to Clermont on Monday morning.

His Wallabies teammate, prop Sekope Kepu also started for the men in maroon, who sit fifth after 19 matches.

Peter Kimlin came off the bench for Grenoble in a 39-23 win over La Rochelle, playing  31 minutes in the game.


Wallabies centurion George Smith crossed for Wasps in a 35-20 win over Newcastle.

The flanker collected a short pass from halfback Dan Robson to score the first try of the match in the 27th minute.

Former Wallabies captain James Horwill played another full match in a 29-23 loss to Northampton.

The loss leaves the Harlequins in sixth, after just one win from their last five games.

Cooper Vuna played the full 80 minutes on the left wing for  Worcester as they eked out a 126 victory over London Irish.

Worcester now sits just one win away from sixth-placed Harlequins, rallying after a dire start to the season.