Toulouse clinch Top 14 title

Flyhalf Luke McAlister kicked Toulouse to their 19th French Top 14 title as they downed Toulon 18-12 on Saturday.

It was a kicking contest in the Paris-based final, with defending champions retaining their crown thanks to six McAlister penalties.

Toulon No 10 Jonny Wilkinson made it a close contest in the first half as he was on target on three occasions to force a 9-9 deadlock at half-time.

However, Toulouse capitalised on their opposition’s ill-discipline to snatch victory.

Loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp started for the victors, while lock Bakkies Botha and skipper Joe van Niekerk featured for Toulon.