Carbonel in his garden, Dréan is holed up

The good match of Louis Carbonel and Zach Mercer, the interesting entry of Baptiste Serin or the gross error of Gaël Dréan… Find the Tops and Flops of Toulon-Montpellier (16-26).


Louis Carbonel in his garden

«Louis minot of Mayor“, Could we read on a banner of the supporters of the RCT, on the occasion of the defeat of the Varois against Montpellier (16-26). Louis Carbonel was indeed experiencing a special encounter, he who was returning to Toulon, where he was trained, with the MHR jersey. The young opener did not have feelings, without overplaying. A clean and pragmatic copy, like his team. His 100% on foot was very valuable.

The Zach Mercer Poison

Last season’s best player in the Top 14 delivered a high level performance, even if we know he is still capable of better. It was he who, by his character, put his people back on track after a good twenty minutes from Toulon at the start of the second half. A real poison for the Var line-up, the Englishman was also extremely valuable for Montpellier in possession, gaining more than 80 meters with the ball in hand.

Aubin Eymeri held the house

The young scrum half (20 years old) lived his first minutes in the Top 14 this season, taking advantage of the absences of Léo Coly, Cobus Reinach and Gela Aprasidze. He played without complex, properly ensuring the distribution and repeatedly putting the Toulonnais in difficulty on his kicks. A very promising performance.

The good comeback of Baptiste Serin

There was a before and after the return of Baptiste Serin in this match. Launched in the 54th minute in place of Benoît Paillaugue, the former UBB player, as usual, energized the Toulon game. Under his leadership, the RCT returned to equality as they struggled to produce play in the first period. The scrum half unfortunately gradually died out like his team which lost its “momentum” and let the Héraultais escape.


Gael Dréan’s youthful mistake

In the absence of executives from the back lines of the RCT, the Franck Azéma-Pierre Mignoni tandem had trusted Gael Dréan on the wing. The young Frenchman (22) was guilty of a suicidal recovery from his in-goal which allowed Yacouba Camara to quietly score the first try of the match (17th). A performance to forget but which will undoubtedly serve as a lesson to him.

Mayol fell

The Toulonnais had set themselves the goal of not losing at home for the season. But after 10 consecutive victories on their land, they ended up falling and missed the opportunity to return to the top 6. It is above all a second consecutive defeat after that in Bordeaux last weekend. Awakening expected on the lawn of the Stade Français, November 26, for the 11th day of Top 14.