Half a metronome scrum and a zero result with a taste of victory but also a foot game that is expensive and a crazy touch … Find the Tops and Flops of this Toulouse-Toulon (13-13).
Baptiste Serin boss size
International scrum half Baptiste Serin (33 caps) proves, match after match, that his integration into Rugby Club Toulonnais is a real success. Faced with the defending champions of France, the former Girondin has multiplied the games at the foot of occupation well dosed, undermining the enemy defense with touches found near their in-goal or offensive opportunities offered to his partners. At the start of the action of the one and only essay of his partners, where he created the gap for his opener Louis Carbonel, Baptiste Serin is increasingly becoming the boss of the game and the Toulon revival. And it’s not his replacement Rhys Webb, author of an unconvincing entry with several badly insured passes, who will say otherwise.
François Cros, symbol of the Toulouse iron curtain
If the RCT returned “fanny” at the break (10-0 MT), the third row François Cros is no stranger to it. Multiplying the tackles and comfortable in the ruck areas, the pure product of the Toulouse training has annihilated two real Toulon opportunities before the rest and while the RCT camped in the Toulouse 22 meters for long minutes. Less visible in the second half, like all of his partners, who only cashed a test on a feat by Louis Carbonel, François Cros is one of his shadow workers on whom Ugo Mola and his staff s have supported since their return to the top last season.
RCT looks the champion straight in the eye and continues its great series
It’s a victory-like draw for Rugby Club Toulonnais. At the end of a match in which he did more than compete with the defending champion of Toulouse in the physical challenge, the Var club offered itself a prestigious result which allows it to continue its crazy series of eight games without defeat (six victories, two draws), started on October 13th. Leaning on a waterproof defense and without spinning after the convincing victory against Clermont (41-19) last Sunday, Patrice Collazo and his players have won their bet and keep their place on the podium (3rd, 31 points) in a stadium where their opponents have not lost for two seasons.
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Sofiane Guitoune at fault
If Sofiane Guitoune was talked about this week by announcing that she had bet to come in Santa Claus clothes before this shock at the top, the three-quarter center of Toulouse did not give gifts to its partners. And for good reason, he is the one who attempts an ill-adjusted kick which gives Baptiste Serin a recovery ball and the opportunity to create a gap for his opener Louis Carbonel, author of a test 40 meters away. The match that totally revived the Var, led 13 to 0 before that.
The fray, an ordeal for Mr. Raynal
Referee Mathieu Raynal certainly did not award a card during this meeting, but had a lot to do in the practice of closed scrums. Often penalized, the packs of the two teams, however undoubtedly the best currently in the Top 14, did not offer the hoped-for spectacle with many collapsed scrums and illicit thrusts on both sides.
The Toulousain Stadium’s deregulated touch
A force that becomes a burden. The Haut-Garonnais touch was not satisfactory during this closing match of the 12th day. With two straight throws and two lobs from his jumpers, hooker Peato Mauvaka faltered in this exercise as did his replacement Guillaume Marchand who, with a straight throw and a forward on a carried ball which he initiated after a touches, did little better.