The players make their way out to an excited stadium.
The referee for today’s match is Andrea Piardi from Italy, who will assisted by Italians Alex Frasson and Manuel Bottino. Matteo Liperini, from Italy, will take charge of the TMO.
Cheetahs – 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 David Brits, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Munier Hartzenberg, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete (c), 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Schalk Ferreira. Replacements: 16 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 Nqobisizwe Mxoli, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Siba Qoma, 21 Daniel Maartens, 22 Rewan Kruger, 23 Cohen Jasper
Toulon: 15 Thomas Salles, 14 Jiuta Naqoli Wainiqolo, 13 Jérémy Sinzelle, 12 Waisea Vuidravuwalu, 11 Aymeric Luc, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Jules Coulon, 5 Adrien Warion, 4 Swan Rebbadj, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Teddy Baubigny, 1 Bruce Devaux. Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Beka Gigashvili, 19 Matthias Halagahu, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Jules Danglot, 22 Maëlan Rabut, 23 Ihaia West
The Cheetahs also find themselves in a difficult position, as they will be competing without the aid of Frans Steyn who is out from an injury. This injury forces the side to rely heavily on veterans Ruan Pienaar and Robert Ebersohn to guide them from the back line.
Toulon will be suffering from the loss of injured Cheslin Kolbe, who picked up an injury during their last fixture against Lyon. This might create some difficulties for the Frenchman, as they will be missing one of their star players. However, the side is very capable of competing without him, and will surely look to grab a win over their guests.
The Cheetahs have found themselves on the wrong end of three of their last five fixtures. However, their last game saw them claim a narrow win over Pau with a score line of 9-6. The Cheetahs will find themselves in an uphill battle, mainly because of their away disadvantage and the difficult form that they have experienced.
RC Toulon have been in tremendous form, having won four of their last five games. Their last game out saw them grab a victory over Lyon with a score line of 23-27. The French side will be coming in with high expectations, both because of their form, and their home advantage.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the Challenge Cup clash between RC Toulon and the Cheetahs at the Stade Mayol in Toulon, France.
Cheetahs are called to use it and clear their lines to find a Toulon line out at the half way line.
Bigger gets us underway.
The Cheetahs find themselves on a powerful attack as they throw themselves at the home side.
Cheetahs are unable to grab a try after a handling error just on the try line... Toulon have a defensive scrum.
Cheetahs are awarded a scrum just in front of Toulon's try line... and work it well to create an attacking chance.
Cheetahs reclaim possession after their advantage was ended... and they kick for a line out just in front of Toulon's try line. Toulon are able to steal possession and are able to clear their lines.
Toulon find themselves on a fast attack, but are struggling to find an opening... Toulon are given a penalty at the half way line.
Toulon are awarded another penalty... and Bigger finds a line out at the Cheetahs 22.
Toulon on a powerful attack, but are struggling to find a chance. Toulon are awarded a kick after misconduct in the ruck, and kick for a line out just in front of the Cheetahs try line.
CONVERSION, TOULON, SALLES! 7-0: A calmly taken kick finds its way over.
TRY, TOULON,SALLES! 5-0: An ecstatic attack from the home side gives the number 15 the chance to score on the right side of the posts.
Cheetahs are on the attack... but concede possession after a forward pass.
Cheetahs reclaim possession after misconduct in the scrum... and they kick for a line out at the home side's 22.
Toulon are back on the attack after a well worked line out gives them a dangerous chance... but Cheetahs are able to defend.
Cheetahs find themselves on the attack... but concede possession after a miss guided pass.
Another error by the Cheetahs sees them concede possession inside Toulon's half... Toulon have a scrum and look to set up an attack.
Cheetahs are forced to clear their lines, and concede a line out, just inside their own half.
Cheetahs have a massive opportunity, with a line out just in front of the home sides try line.
Toulon with a lighting fast attack, but are unable to capitalise after a handling error ends their chance... Cheetahs have a defensive scrum.
Toulon with an excellent defensive effort on their try line sees them prevent a Cheetahs try... and the home side clear their lines for a Cheetahs line out.
Toulon are back on the attack as they look for their second try but are unable to take their chance.
YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, BERNARDO! 7-0: Cheetahs find themselves with a man down after misconduct in the ruck.
TRY, TOULON ,BAUBIGNY! 12-0: A well carried ball after a beautifully executed attack stretches the home side's advantage.
Scrum at the half way line after Cheetahs are caught offside on the kick off.
Cheetahs with a massive chance as their number 14 chased down a long ball, but is unfortunate to concede a penalty... Toulon kick for a line out just outside their 22.
Cheetahs are doing everything possible to find a way back into the game, but are struggling to get past the home side's dominating defence.
Cheetahs are on the attack, as they look to find something before the end of the half... but are finding it difficult to break through.
Pienaar gets the game back underway.
A brilliant first half of rugby from Toulon who seem to be dominating a pressured Cheetahs side. Cheetahs are finding it difficult to take something, with multiple errors resulting in them being unable to claim a chance.
CONVERSION, TOULON, SALLES! 19-0: A well-executed kick take us into half time.
TRY, TOULON, LUC! 17-0: A superb up and over gives the number 11 a chance to carry over and stretch their lead.
TRY, CHEETAHS, JV RENBURG! 19-5: Afterthrowing themselves at the home side, the replacement hooker is able to cary over, and put their side back into the game.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 19-7: A well taken kick puts the away side in great confidence as they look to close the gap.
Cheetahs are back on the attack, but a long ball goes too far and sees Toulon claim a half way scrum.
TRY, TOULON,ISA! 24-7: A quick break sees the number seven grab a try in the left corner.
SUBSTITUTION, TOULON, BROOKS makes way for GIGASHVILI, and BAUBIGNY comes off for TOLOFUA.
Toulon with a steal from a half way line out puts the home side back into an attacking chance... but the Cheetahs are holding their lines well.
SUBSTITUTION, CHEETAHS, TSHAKWENI on FERREIRA off.
Toulon concede possession after a knock on just inside the Cheetahs 22, giving the away side a scrum.
TRY, TOULON,WAINIQOLO! 29-7: Fast hands from the home side finds the number 14 on the right side, and he is able to carry it under the posts.
CONVERSION, TOULON, SALLES! 31-7: A well taken kick sees the home side extend their lead.
Cheetahs are on the attack, but get bundled into touch... Toulon have possession and are forced back into their try line for a Cheetahs scrum.
TRY, CHEETAHS, JASPER! 31-12: After battling it out on the try line the substitute is able to find a gap.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 31-14: A well-executed kick sees Cheetahs make way on their uphill battle.
SUBSTITUTION, CHEETAHS,V WYK comes back on for MXOLI, who has had to leave the pitch because of a leg injury.
Cheetahs are on the attack as they look to break through the home side's defence... but the Cheetahs concede a penalty just in front of Toulon's try line.
Toulon have a scrum on their 22... and they concede possession, but are awarded another scrum just in front of their try line.
Toulon have a line out at the half way line but are unable to get into an attacking stride after misconduct in the ruck by the Cheetahs.
TRY, TOULON,WAINIQOLO! 36-14: Some great interplay from the home side allows the number 14 to bulldoze over the try line.
Cheetahs have a scrum on Toulon's 22, and find themselves on a dangerous attack... but their attack gets stopped, and they take it back and kick for a line out just in front of Toulon's try line.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, PIENAAR! 36-21: a well taken kick closes the gap.
TRY, CHEETAHS, BERNARDO! 36-19: A powerful effort from the Cheetahs sees the number four power over the try line.
YELLOW CARD, TOULON, HALAGAHU! 36-21:A miss timed tackle sees the home side go a man down.
Toulon have a line out just inside the Cheetah's half... but they concede possession after a knock on.
Cheetahs are on a fast paced attack... but the ball is turned over for misconduct in the ruck.
Cheetahs with an opportunity after Toulon's line out sails over everyone's heads... but they are unable to capitalise.
A difficult outing for the Cheetahs who struggled to capitalise on Toulon's mistakes, seeing the away side fall short of their hosts. Toulon put up an excellent display of rugby, and punished the Cheetahs for their errors.
Toulon are on one last attack as they look to rubber stamp their victory... but Cheetahs are able to make a turnover.
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30' Baubigny Teddy
40' Luc Aymeric
47' Isa Facundo
53' Wainiqolo Jiuta
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58' Jasper Cohen
71' Bernardo Rynier
13' Salles Thomas
40' Salles Thomas
54' Salles Thomas
43' Pienaar Ruan
59' Pienaar Ruan
72' Pienaar Ruan
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van Wyk Hencus
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