Toulouse clings to its title

Thanks to a thunderous start to the match, Toulouse dominated La Rochelle (33-28) on its Ernest-Wallon lawn and joined the last four of the Top 14, with a duel against Castres on the program.

Toulouse did not let La Rochelle imitate it. Two weeks after beating Leinster in the Champions Cup final, the Maritimes saw their hopes of a national title crumble in the face of what is increasingly their pet peeve. For the seventh time in a row in official matches, Ugo Mola’s players got the better of those of Ronan O’Gara. A meeting that the Rochelais really did not take the right end. Indeed, tormenting the Toulouse pack in the first scrum of the match, the Charentais had the opportunity to open the scoring on foot. But, 30 meters in front of the posts, Ihaia West missed the target. A mistake that the reigning French champions made those who succeeded them on the European list bitterly regret. Three minutes after this failure, Pierre Fouyssac made Ernest-Wallon erupt. Launched by Peato Mauvaka, Antoine Dupont sailed through the opposing defense before playing on foot for himself. Coming to support, the Toulouse center recovered the ball to flatten the first try of the meeting. Five minutes later, the best player in the world went there for his personal test.

Toulouse has long played its hand

On a quickly played penalty, Pierre Fouyssac and Richie Arnold combined to break through the La Rochelle defense. Antoine Dupont was served along the sideline. The international scrum half made his burst of speed speak to go and flatten the second try of his formation in a corner. After missing the conversion, Thomas Ramos added three points on foot but Toulouse then lost François Cros to injury, replaced by Thibaud Flament. After a missed drop from Romain Ntamack, the Maritimes revolted and Wiaan Liebenberg materialized this new wind. Off the sidelines, Grégory Alldritt charged but the captain of Stade Rochelais was stopped short, as was Thomas Berjon in stride. However, the South African third line followed to regain the ball and flatten upwind. But, too unruly, the Maritimes left six points en route, Thomas Ramos being happy to improve on these errors to give Toulouse fourteen steps ahead when returning to the locker room. The start of the second act saw the two teams neutralize each other and the benches open up to bring in new blood. As a good captain, Grégory Alldritt took charge of reviving his team shortly before the hour mark.

La Rochelle falls arms in hand

Out of the scrum, the international third line forced the passage to flatten and bring his team back to a converted try. A hope of a return quickly flew away, the fault of Juan Cruz Mallia. The Argentinian winger, on receiving a foot pass distilled by Thomas Ramos, converted this offering into a try. A match which Romain Ntamack thought had ended eleven minutes from the siren. After a failure of his striker on penalty, the opening half was launched in the right tempo by Selevasio Tolofua and, after breaking a tackle, flattened Toulouse’s fourth try. With a 19-point lead, Ugo Mola’s players could see coming against Rochelais who fell with honors. An offensive attitude that allowed them to register the trifle of two tries in the last two minutes. First, Pierre Bourgarit quickly played a hand penalty to successfully surprise the opposing defence. Then, on the last action, Levani Botia reviewed the Toulouse defense before serving on a Jules Favre tray. With this missed end of the match, Toulouse won by only five lengths (33-29) but provided the essentials. The Rouge-et-Noir will join Nice next weekend to face Castres in the first semi-final of the Top 14.

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Toulouse (4) – La Rochelle (5): 33-28

Sunday, June 12, 2022
9:05 p.m.: Bordeaux-Bègles (3) – Racing 92 (6)

Semi-finals (at the Allianz Riviera in Nice)
Friday, June 17, 2022
9:05 p.m.: Castres (1) – Toulouse (4)

Saturday 18 Jun 2022
9:05 p.m.: Montpellier (2) – Bordeaux-Bègles (3) or Racing 92 (6)

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