Dupont as the detonator, the helpless Rochelais

Find the best and flops of the Top 14 of Toulouse-La Rochelle (33-28).


Toulouse is running for re-election

By dismissing the winner of the last European Cup, the Stade Toulousain has struck a blow this Saturday evening. The Rochelais have been gaining momentum in recent weeks, and yet the French champions have dominated the debate in intensity and intentions of the game, they will face next Friday in the semifinals in Nice with Castres, to win a ticket for the Stade de France. The only downside was the premature departure of Cros, who hit his left knee.

The people of Toulouse are very cool

Defeated in the wide open in Ireland by Leinster (40-17), the specter of the white season has moved in front of the men of Ugo Mola. His tiredness had been highlighted … But, surprisingly, the Upper Garonne coach said yesterday that he had seen the opposite in training. “You think they’ll be boring and, in fact, cooler than ever. This is where I was amazed at the freshness of the boys and their ability to repeat efforts at a good level, even at a very good level.This feeling materialized on the grass of Ernest-Wallon. These Tolosans, in this state of form, will be difficult to beat …

Dupont, the head is back

From the end of the Six Nations Tournament, it was said that he was worn out by the rhythm of the matches, less efficient, too seen. There was an element of truth, probably exaggerated. On Saturday night, Dupont set the record. Beyond his perfect distribution and kicking game, he was instrumental in getting his team started. He did an interval, he walked 50 meters in the first attempt of Fouyssac (8th). Then, with his characteristic style, he turned to Arnold’s support to score his 4th try in the last four games (13th).

The battle of the collisions is Toulouse

It was announced before the match, and is regularly the decisive issue in these clashes between Haut-Garonne and Charentais: physical duels are the key to dominating your opponent. There were several duels: Baille and Atonio competed on the front line, the first was gradually winning his blue teammate. Alldritt’s influence diminished with strong tackles from Elstadt and Jelonch. Finally, Botia and Akhi took part in a percussion contest.


La Rochelle can’t do it against Toulouse

By winning the Champions Cup two weeks ago against the Irish at Leinster, Stade Rochelais wanted to show that they had joined the table of very big teams against Rouge et Noir. Unfortunately, he suffered a seventh straight defeat, including the two European Cup finals and the French Championship last season. Worse, in the last eleven games played, the Maritimes had won ten games by a defeat against … Toulouse. Black beast.

O’Gara was wrong

The Irish coach of the Charente-Maritime club was wrong to analyze this match. “It’s timehe said before the meeting. The timing is perfect. We need to show what we can do. This is the opportunity to show our level.“A somewhat presumptuous statement: grabbed by the throat by Toulouse, he did not find the right levers to remotivate his troops at halftime. His desire not to step on and follow a restrictive game caused him to fall.

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