Wallabies abroad: Gill double in Toulon rout

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by Beth Newman

Liam Gill notched a double in an 82-14 Toulon win over Bayonne, crossing in the 5th and 56th minute in the much-needed victory.

Matt Giteau sat on the bench for the match, while former NRL star Ben Barba had his longest on-field stint for Toulon, playing 31 minutes in the clash.

Drew Mitchell played the game out at fullback but flew to Germany on Monday for treatment on a hip injury.

Lyon eked out a two-point thriller against Stade Francais, with four cards handed out in the nail biter.

Aussie Hugh Pyle was sent to the bin in the 27th minute after repeated ruck infringements, before another Stade yellow card put them on the back foot, and two 80-minute red cards.

Will Genia played 71 minutes in the match, replaced by Julien Dupuy.

Joe Tomane scored the opening try for Montpellier as they took a 28-19 win over Clermont, putting the heat on the second-placed side.

Tomane has been back on his preferred wing spot after a stint in the centres and played the entire game, while starting scrumhalf Nic White came off in the 62nd minute.

Nic White featured for Montpellier. Photo: AFPBen Mowen played his first match in a month, starting at blindside flanker for Pau as they beat Castres 18-12.

Adam Ashley-Cooper’s Bordeaux had a big 46-14 win over Peter Kimlin’s Grenoble side.

Luke Jones played nine minutes, coming on briefly for Jandre Marais, while Ashley-Cooper played out the full game and Kimlin played the 80 at blindside flanker.

Aussie Brock James contributed 11 points off the boot as La Rochelle clinched a 38-15 victory over Racing 92, with the Paris side’s defeat compounded by the crowd’s booing of legendary New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter.


Leicester and Exeter won through to the Anglo-Welsh Cup final, with a handful of Aussies featuring in the sudden-death final four match-ups.

Lachie Turner scored a try in the ninth minute in Exeter’s 24-7 win over Harlequins, with Lochie McCaffrey playing 68 minutes after starting at number eight.