Stade toulousain qualifies for the Top 14 semi-finals thanks to the elusive Antoine Dupont

The Stade Toulouse had the Stade Rochelle (33-28) on Saturday, June 11, in the Top 14 dam in Toulouse. Les joueurs d’Ugo Mola entered four attempts to easily dominate all the costs of the European champion, thanks in particular to an irresistible Antoine Dupont. With this mastered success, the Red and Black rally to the semi-finals where they will face Castres Olympique on Friday, June 17.

Four weeks after their scathing elimination in the Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster (40-17), Toulouse cleared the doubts by beating the Maritimes. The Rouge et Noir built their qualification around a first quarter of an hour of high bill. In the wake, too, of an untenable Antoine Dupont, in every good blow.

The international melee half first slipped into the Rochelle defense after a superb discharge of Mauvaka. Fifty meters and a kick later, Pierre Fouyssac flattened the first try (7th). Afterwards, Dupont didn’t need anyone to pack (13th). These two flashes gave the Stadistes a fifteen point lead, consolidating a lead never caught by La Rochelle.

After these moments of madness, Toulouse worked hard to defend itself. Rochelle’s countless fouls (18 lost balls) were partly due to the aggressive rise of Toulouse defenders. The Rynhardt Elstadt secateurs thus ended the 23-ply section. Le sang-froid des joueurs d’Ugo Mola also made a difference in the moments of criticism. When the Maritimes returned to seven lengths, Juan Cruz Mallia soared into the air to pick up the leather over Arthur Retière and score (62nd).

Freed, the Toulouse team flattened Romain Ntamack (69th) one last time. Their determination and accuracy in launching school games reminded him: Toulouse remains a reference. At the twilight of a grueling season undermined by the doubles, the club will face its semi-final against Castres in the skin of the favorite.

Undoubtedly exhausted by its European success, the Stade Rochelais did not have the weapons to overthrow the Toulouse ogre. He could just tease her, sure three close-scored tries by Liebenberg (25th), Alldritt (55th) and Bourgarit (79th). Favre softened the sentence on the siren (80th), but the score remains flattering in the face of opposing dominance. “We had prepared this guy well, but we didn’t play rugby. It’s raging …”Romain Sazy hit the microphone of Canal +.

The Maritimes were not helped by a delicate start by their opener, Ihaia West. The Rochelle opener missed a first penalty against the poles (5th), and sent in a straight diagonal direct in touch. Friable, West did not weigh in, nor did the young Barjon, replacing the experienced Kerr-Barlow in the melee. On arrival, this half-tone performance of the hinge did not help the Yellow and Black, whose double hopes stop as soon as the dam.

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