Top 14: defender of Clermont, Toulouse takes over the leading position in La Rochelle

Pressured by Racing 92 (3rd), in demonstration in Agen (14-54) and equal on points, Toulouse had no room for error on Saturday night. But on their lawn of Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse have imposed themselves as bosses against Clermont (36-27), in 25th and penultimate day of Top 14. A shock terribly offensive, and disputed, where we were given blow for blow. In the first act, three Toulouse tests (Emmanuel Meafou 25th, Antoine Dupont 27th and Romain Ntamack 40th) responded to as many tests from Auvergne (Damian Penaud 7th, Étienne Fourcade 19th and Sipili Falatea 36th). Just crowned for the fifth time in their history in the European Cup, Toulouse finished making the difference in the second half thanks in particular to striker Thomas Ramos, 100% on foot. Thanks to this snatched success, the latter concluded a perfect week, with a first continental success in eleven years and a place of leader recovered at La Rochelle. Clermont was not unworthy, but remains fifth.

UBB qualified for the finals

Because in the other meetings of the afternoon, the Rochelais had provisionally donned this costume after having largely imposed at home vis-a-vis the Section Pau (51-27). Second now, they are closer than ever to finishing in one of the first two directly qualifying places for the semi-finals. Although beaten in Mayol (25-19), the Bordelais had also officially qualified for the finals, a first since the return of the UBB in Top 14. Toulon took the opportunity to afford the possibility of yet another believe in the top 6 before the last day, where the last qualifying places will be very expensive. The Stade Français winner of the LOU on Friday (46-27), and Castres, the winner of Brives (28-33), can still claim it in a breathtaking final. Not far from the feat in Montpellier (23-19), Aviron Bayonnais will play its maintenance on the last day.

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