Hopes: the Stade Aurillacois wins the first shield in its history in Clermont, in front of the Stade Toulousain

It floated like a perfume of history in the final whistle of this final of the French rugby championship for aspirants played on the grass of the Marcel-Michelin Stadium in Clermont. And for good reason: the stadium of Aurillacois won the first shield in its history by taking the best of a Stade Tolousain but better entered the game.

Resistant and combative, the Cantaliens turned the game around in the second half and eventually won 37-26. A real moment in history for oval and Auvergne sports.

The summary:

Badly embarked in this final, the Aurillacois suffered the ardor of the Tolosans from the first minutes. From the second, more precisely, and a solitary advance of Théo Ntamack, son of Emile and brother of Romain, who in the axis comes calm to flatten after a candle touched to the foot. Toulouse’s first break followed by a penalty kick by Auriac (0-10, 8th).

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The Cantaliens reacted, in turn, to the penalty spot, thanks to the foot of Antoine Aucagne, then in play concretizing an excellent phase with a try by South African Jordon Van Rensburg, later transformed by Aucagne to return to equality (10 -10). , 27e). The Cantaliens return to the game, on the scoreboard as in the desire, but the Tolosans go back to the front before the half with a new penalty, still through Auriac (10-13, 31st).

When they returned from the locker room, the Alt Garonne picked up speed with a try from close to Hawkes, after a touchdown 5 yards and transformed by Auriac (10-20, 49th). If Auriac still gives three extra points in a new penalty (10-23, 53rd), the Stade Aurillacois is far from giving up. Entering 51, Basa Khonelidze scored two tries in quick succession (57 and 61), each time transformed by Aucagne (24-23).

The entry of the Georgian hitter dynamited the game of the Cantaliens, who despite a new penalty from Toulouse (24-26), found the fault again thanks to a second try by Van Rensburg (74th). Aucagne, impeccable on foot this Sunday, has transformed and even passed the last two penalties at the end of the match. Aurillac turned things around, the Cantal club won 37-26. Cantal hopes to be champions of France!

Man of the match: Basa Khonelidze

He almost only changed the face of this meeting. Leaving the bench in the 51st minute, the 18-year-old Georgian was decisive when his teammates needed it most.

Author of two rehearsals in force in the space of four minutes (57 and 61), the hooker provided all the aggression and madness necessary to tip the game definitively in favor of the Aurillacois.

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The figure: 100%

Like Antoine Aucagne’s success rate in kicks. The first half of Aurillacois simply achieved a flawless result on the grass of Clermont.

Perfect when it came to transformation (4/4), intractable on penalties (3/3), Aucagne was one of the great craftsmen of Cantal’s success, contributing a total of 17 points to his team. Simply valuable in a final.

Lucas Roignant

Data sheet

CLERMONT-FERRAND (Marcel-Michelin Stadium). Stade Aurillacois beat Stade Toulousain 37-26. Score at the break: 10 to 13. Referee: M. Bouzac.


Aurillacois Stadium: four tries from Van Rensburg (27th, 74th) and Khonelidze (57th, 60th), three penalties from Aucagne (17th, 80th, 80th), four conversions from Aucagne (27th, 59th, 62nd, 74th).

Stade Tolousain: two tries from Ntamack (2nd) and Hawkes (50th), four Auriac penalties (8th, 31st, 54th, 74th), two Auriac conversions (2nd, 52nd).

Evolution of the score. 0-7, 0-10, 3-10, 10-10, 10-13 (half time), 10-20, 10-23, 17-23, 24-23, 24-26, 31-26, 34 – 26, 37-26.

Aurillac Stadium. Daisy; Van Rensburg, Pieters, Bastard, Papunashvili; Aucagne (o), Alana (m); Shvangiradze, Cambon (cap), De Jong; Slamani, Moala; Dos Santos, Loughnane, Maffre.

Substitutes : Khonelidze, Mchelidze, Jongejean; Magne, Tissandier, Bayle, Maftei, Kardava.

Toulouse Stadium. Auriac; Descamps, Costes, Riguet, Bainivalu; Retière (o) (heading), Maka (m); Ntamack, Sentubery, Gest-Flory; Verge, Brennan; Hawkes, Boubila, Reilhes.

Substitutes : Ribeiro, Sebire, Portat, Labarthe, Danielli, Courties, Lacointa, Trauth.

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