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Watch: Mata Produces Magical Offload In Try Of The Tournament

Edinburgh became only the third team to beat Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol in the Heineken Champions Cup yesterday and they did so with the help of a ridiculous piece of skill from Bill Mata.

Richard Cockerill’s side got off to the worst possible start by conceding a try after just two minutes when a miss-kick gifted Toulon an opportunity which French captain, Guilhem Guirado, finished.

D’Arcy Graham soon responded with a five-pointer for the Scottish side but it wasn’t long until the three-time champions were back in front thanks to Facundo Isa.

Toulon, who could have still mathematically qualified for the quarter-finals with a win, carried their lead into half-time, but that was short-lived.

Edinburgh struck again soon after the break, a well-judged kick through by James Johnstone bounced into the arms of full-back, Blair Kinghorn, who ran over for their second try.

However, their best was yet to come.

The visitors stretched their lead to nine points by the 63rd minute, thanks to the boot of Jaco van der Walt.

Carbonel spilled the ball as he attempted to take an offload on the run and Kinghorn quickly secured possession before offloading to Mata who went on a thundering run.

As he neared the halfway line, Mata then threw a stunning offload over his left shoulder to the supporting Johnstone who left the scrambling defence for dead as he raced over the line.

You can watch the move in all its glory below.

Julian Savea did score his first European try less than 10 minutes later but it did little to affect the outcome for Toulon. Edinburgh became the first Scottish team to win at the Stade Felix Mayol, setting up a Pool 5 showdown with Montpellier in the final round next week.

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