Toulon provides the essential against Clermont in the Top 14

Toulon provides the essential against Clermont in the Top 14

The game: 32-22

With the return of its internationals Gabin Villière and Jean-Baptiste Gros, crowned Grand Slam winners in the Six Nations Tournament with the XV of France, the RCT did not miss the opportunity to beat a direct competitor to qualification in final phase. But failed to keep his offensive bonus obtained in the 54th. Rather conquering in melee – “historic” phase that the Varois seem to have abandoned (see below) -, Clermont, even if he scored three tries, did not manage to win a defensive bonus and left Mayol empty-handed.

After a quarter of an hour of observation, Eben Etzebeth scored in force the first Var try (16th). And if the Auvergne center Jean-Pascal Barraque managed to close the gap by diving at the end of the line (25th), Toulon continued their forward march and, just before the break, took advantage of a penalty touch near the in-goal clermontois to trigger a victorious carried ball, Gros scoring (40th + 3) with the support of Etzebeth.

Toulon turned at the break with a comfortable lead (20-8) and drove the point home from the start. Full-back Aymeric Luc quickly recovered a lost Auvergne ball in attack by Barraque (47′) before Julien Hériteau scored the bonus try (54′, 32-8) at the end of a strong moment. But on the hour mark, the powerful international winger Alivereti Raka plunged into a corner despite three defenders (60th, 32-15) and deprived the RCT of their offensive bonus.

Toulon, entered the in-goal opponent, saw a possible try refused (67th) and after that, suffered the Auvergne law. Reduced to fourteen (77th), the RCT conceded a third try, the Clermont center George Moala pulverizing the defense (79th). An imperial breakthrough by Japanese international Kotaro Matsushima (80th) did not find a favorable outcome on the Auvergne side, and the Toulonnais can consider themselves lucky not to have offered the pugnacious opponent a defensive bonus.


The number of tries scored in this very open match. Four for the Toulonnais, three for the Clermontois.

The fact: Toulon punished in melee

It’s rare enough to be noted. The RCT pack, historically rooted in the melee showdown, was heavily penalized on Saturday at Mayol against Clermont. Seven penalties in this sector alone, or half of the faults sanctioned by Mr. Ramos. And a yellow card inflicted in the 77th on the right pillar Emerick Setiano. Thus reduced to fourteen, the Var conceded a third try, two minutes later. When you count Parisse, Ollivon, Etzebeth, Rebbadj, Tolofua, Setiano and Gros in this sector, all international, such a fiasco is worrying.

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