Toulon stay in top flight

Joe van Niekerk and Conrad Barnard helped battling French club Toulon avoid Top 14 relegation with a 22-12 win over Dax.

Maxime Petitjean kicked four penalties for Dax but tries by Toulon’s Van Niekerk and Sinoti Sinoti and three penalties by Barnard and a Sebastien Fauque drop goal settled the contest.

Dax now join Mont-de-Marsan in next season’s second division competition. Bourgoin and Castres will meet on Saturday in a match that could also determine who joins the relegated teams.