Brutal Bakkies terrorises Toulouse

Bakkies Botha was at his brutal best as Toulon tortured Toulouse with an emphatic 35-16 Top 14 win.

The star-studded international flavoured hosts could have won by more but Jonny Wilkinson hit the post three times in four of his goal kicking misses. Wilkinson’s misfortune with the up right didn’t stop him slotting a left and right footed drop goal and adding a late penalty and touchline conversion for a man of the match performance.

Botha provided the fire to Toulon’s effort as they destroyed a Toulouse team loaded with French international players.

This was the Botha who produced so many inspired performances for the Bulls and Boks. He bled from the ears, from the nose and from both eyebrows, but he grinned from ear to ear, even when yellow carded for sorting out Toulouse’s Samoan prop Census Johnstone.

Botha got a standing ovation when subbed on the 70th minute but the biggest ovation was reserved for Wilkinson who captained Toulon to an impressive and inspired victory that entrenches Toulon’s position as the Top 14 log leaders.

By Mark Keohane