Toulon cruised to a 26-14 victory over Sale Sharks in their Champions Cup opener at the Stade Felix Mayol.
Sale Sharks began life after Steve Diamond with a loss to Toulon with Louis Carbonel racking up 16 points from the kicking tee.
The French ace opened the scoring after just over 20 minutes, slotting over a simple three-pointer as Sale were penalised inside their own 22. He then added another three before setting up Toulon’s first try, playing a delightful chip and reading the bounce before getting the pass away to Gabin Villiere who was able to cross the whitewash.
Carbonel added another three to make it 16-0 at the break. He added another early in the second half before Sergio Parisse produced a moment of magic as he played a miracle offload back across to Ramiro Moyano who collected to dot down.
The injection of the likes of Denny Solomona, Faf de Klerk, Sam James and others saw Sale get back into the match with two consolation tries from first Marland Yarde and then James Phillips crashing over at the posts but it was too late as Toulon secured four points, with the English side failing to secure a bonus point.
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