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Bath denied by Toulon in Champions Cup as Anthony Belleau bags late try

• Toulon 24-20 Bath
• French side come from behind to go three points clear in Pool 5

Bath’s away form had, until last weekend’s journey down the M5 to Exeter, been impressive, with victories at Leicester, Wasps and the Scarlets. They were within four minutes of adding to the haul in a group that is being characterised by late-winning scores, and will have everything to play for in Saturday’s return.

Bath quickly settled into a routing, absorbing the blow of Toulon’s heavyweight three-quarter line and using turnovers to move them around. It was how they found themselves 10-0 up after 14 minutes, despite Toulon having the ball for 85% of the time. Bath made their first-up tackles count and fed off the turnovers they forced, while establishing an immediate advantage in the scrum that was to win them three penalties in the opening half.

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