Sexton does little wrong but Wilkinson and Toulon dominate
Fans get behind home team as English outhalf takes the plaudits with 16-point haul
A yellow card to Toulon flanker Virgile Bruni presented Sexton with his second kick, this time just to the left on the 22, and again he kept his nerve to steer it home and make it 7-6. But Toulon, who drew their opening game 22-22 away to Montpellier, finished the half stronger and it was their skipper Wilkinson who led the way.
He slotted a trademark drop goal with his left boot after 29 minutes after good pressure and then split the posts on the stroke of half-time from 38 metres on the left touchline to make it 13-6 at the interval.
The game went further away from Racing Metro seven minutes after the restart as Toulon piled on the pressure and were rewarded when scrumhalf Sebastien Tillous-Borde touched down under the posts, with Wilkinson again adding the easy conversion.
As with Toulon’s first try, Racing were given a chance to reduce the margin almost immediately and Sexton negotiated a tricky angle from the left to make it 20-9 after 50 minutes.
Toulon struck again, and this time there was no way back for Sexton and co. Tillous-Borde was the creator and lock Jocelino Suta finished, with the unerring Wilkinson again adding the points.
The fourth try, on the hour, was made by a touch of class from Wilkinson, when he displayed lightning hands to set in motion a move which finished with Giteau scoring under the posts.
The wheels came off for Racing Metro after that and replacement scrumhalf Fabrice Estebanez had a wild attacking pass intercepted by Smith, who ran from just outside his own 22 for his second try, with Wilkinson again adding the conversion in front of the posts.
Racing got over for a consolation try in the final play of the night but it did not disguise they were massively outplayed.
TOULON: D Armitage; V Martin, M Mermoz, M Gitteau, D Smith; J Wilkinson, S Tillous Borde; A Sheridan, B Noirot, C Hayman; B Botha, J Suta; V Bruni, S Armitage, M Masoe. Replacements: D Rossouw for Botha, M Castrogiovanni for Hayman, X Chiocci for Sheridan, M Claassens for Borde, all 54 mins; S Bruno for Noirot, 56 mins; M Bastareaud for Mermoz, 59 mins; P Gunther for Masoe, 70 mins.
RACING METRO: B Lapeyre; A Plante, H Chavancy, J Roberts, M Andreu; J Sexton, S Descons; S Tonga Uiha, D Szarzewski, B Mujati; F Metz, F Van Der Merwe; W Lauret, B Le Roux, M Matadigo. Replacements: L Ducalon for Mujati, V Lacombe for Szarzewski, E Ben Arous for Tonga Uiha, all 55 mins; L Magnaval for Descons, 57 mins; D Lydiate for Le Roux, 58 mins; F Extebanex for Roberts, 61 mins; J Wisniewski for Sexton, 66 mins.
Referee: R Poite (FFR).