Tagicakibau set to miss Quins match after red card

Toulon 38 London Irish 17
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London Irish wing Sailosi Tagicakibau may be ruled out of the Aviva Premiership showdown with Harlequins at Twickenham on 27 December following his red card at Toulon on Saturday. Tagicakibau will learn his fate at a European Cup rugby disciplinary hearing this week after receiving his second caution for foul play.

The Exiles' European hopes are now over after suffering their third defeat in Pool Three – their seventh game without a win. Afterwards, Irish were incensed by some of the injuries they sustained in an often brutal encounter.

Head coach Toby Booth said: "The injury rate is high in the dressing room. Bob Casey was knocked out but has come around and is OK; Chris Hala'ufia had two teeth knocked out, and Paulica Ion has a knee ligament injury."

However, Booth would have been proud of the spirit shown by his side following Tagicakibau's dismissal. Tries from Chris Malone and Alex Corbisiero in a 17-point purple period levelled the scores before the home side eventually ran riot to claim maximum points.

Scorers: Toulon - Tries: Missoup, Ivaldi, Contepomi, May Loamanu. Conversions: Contepomi 5. Penalty: Contepomi. lrish - Tries: Malone, Corbisiero. Conversions: Malone 2. Penalty: Malone.

Toulon: B Lapeyre (P Sackey, 61); R Lamont, G Messina, T May (C Loamanu, 74), R Wulf; F Contepomi, P Mignoni (L Magnaval 74); L Emmanuelli (S Taumoepeau, 49), M Ivaldi (J Orioli, 56), D Kubriashvili, J Suta, D Schofield (K Chesney, 61), O Missoup, G Smith, J van Niekerk (capt, J El Abd, 34).

London Irish: D Armitage; J Joseph (T Ojo, 69), S Mapusua, D Bowden, S Tagicakibau; C Malone, P Hodgson; C Dermody (capt, A Corbisiero 50), J Buckland, F Rautenbach (P Ion, 50), N Kennedy, B Casey (B Blaney, 77), R Thorpe, S Armitage, C Hala'Ufia (G Stowers, 49).

Referee: A Rolland (Ireland).