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Oct 19, 2014 at 3.15pm UK
ToulonToulon
28-18
ScarletsScarlets
Giteau (18'), Mermoz (30'), Armitage (72')
FT
Barclay (28'), Phillips (80')

Result: Toulon off to winning start in Champions Cup

Toulon kick off their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign with a 28-18 win against Scarlets at the Stade Mayol.

Toulon have edged out Scarlets 28-18 at the Stade Mayol this afternoon to kick off their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign with a win.

Welshman Leigh Halfpenny opened up the scoring on seven minutes when he found the sticks with his penalty, although the lead was soon cancelled out by Rhys Priestland, who added a penalty of his own.

Toulon's flanker Steffon Armitage celebrates after scoring a try despite a tackle by Llanelli Scarlets' wing Michael Tagicakibau during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Toulon and Llanelli Scarlets at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeaster© Getty Images

Matt Giteau crossed over just short of the half-hour mark for the game's first try, yet once more the visitors hit back through John Barclay, who touched down shortly after.

However, Toulon did have a lead to hold onto at the interval thanks to Maxime Mermoz, who found the try line 10 minutes before the break.

Halfpenny and Priestland were both on hand to kick over once more before the end of the half, in what was a tightly-contested battle between the two sides.

The French outfit pushed on in the second half, however, with Steffon Armitage adding a third try of the afternoon for his side, while Halfpenny found the sticks once more.

The Scarlets did reduce the deficit late on through Kristian Phillips, but Toulon managed to hold out for the opening-game points in Pool Three.

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