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13th Dec 2014

Toulon avenge Tigers defeat and Bakkies Botha approves

The South African lock was in good spirits despite his nose break

Patrick McCarry

Rugby player in nose-break shock!

Toulon settled any doubts about their European Cup three-in-a-row pedigree as they defeated Leicester Tigers at Stade Felix Mayol this afternoon.

The reigning champions avenged last weekend’s loss at Welford Road to regain control of Pool 3. Tries from Ali Williams and Mathieu Bastareaud provided a comfortable advantage heading into the closing stages, with Leigh Halfpenny kicking 13 points from the tee.

Leicester’s veteran lock Brad Thorn lasted only 20 minutes before limping off injured. Bakkie Botha, Toulon’s own gnarled Southern Hemisphere second row, almost got to half-time but a badly broken nose ended his involvement.

Still, old Bakkies did not seem to mind the latest damage to his Springbok face.

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