The match: Toulouse stifles Racing 92, but lets out the bonus
By depriving many executives, in view of the European semifinal that awaits them next week against Munster, the Racingmen had openly displayed their property in the Champions Cup. And if the aligned team was nothing experimental, the Parisians took water from all sides. The best example? The best defense of the Top14 that cracked on average 1.9 times per game so far, this time has cashed five tries. It’s first Sébastien Bézy which rewarded the domination of Haute-Garonne, by writing a test trickster behind a ruck (22nd, 13-3). It is then Zack Holmes (30th, see test), which offered the defense Ile, before being imitated by Maxime Médard (40th) Gaël Fickou (44th), then Thomas Ramos (42-6, 64e). Read also Once again, Toulouse can feed regrets Sébastien Bézy (Toulouse Stadium) Icon Sport By following, the debates will balance, and the players led by Yannick Nyanga save their honor twice ( Dimitri Szarzewski , 67th; Juan Imhoff , 70th) but will never be late. However, by not giving up, the Parisians will register a final try (78, Joe Rokococko) and deprive Toulouse of the offensive bonus. Stade finally won 42-27 and took second place in the standings … Racing 92. Indeed, both teams have 70 points, but this is for the benefit of the points field (4-1 at the U Arena, 4-0 at Ernest-Wallon) that the players of Ugo Mola become dolphins of Montpellier .
The try of the meeting: Zack Holmes has fun in the best defense of the Top14
Zack Holmes (Stade Toulousain) vs Racing 92 Icon Sport While they lead 13-6, Toulouse have a touch up to their forty meters. The opportunity for the Rouge et Noir to occupy the field? That nena, since once the key validated, the ball bounces immediately into the arms of Maxime Médard, who serves Zack Holmes in the back. The promise of an action offshore. Except that Anthony Tuitavake (who had anticipated the Toulouse action) made the choice to go up on the stadium opener … but misses his tackle. Result? Holmes takes advantage of the breach opened by the center of the Ile-de-France and accelerates in the defense of Racing 92. At speed, he crosses the first curtain, avoids the return of Teddy Iribaren and finds himself in a one-on-one against Joe Rokocoko , that he frames, before going to lady. A tiny defensive error and a feat of the Australian opener, which allowed, after a race of sixty meters, to widen the gap (23-6, 30th).
The picture: Yannick Nyanga’s tears
For his first appearance on Ernest-Wallon’s lawn since he left Stade Toulousain in the 2015 off-season, Yannick Nyanga, captain of Racing 92 this Sunday afternoon, could not hold back his tears. In the corridor leading to the Toulouse lawn, the third line in the Paris region thus appeared with red eyes. A lot of emotion for a player who has played ten seasons and played more than 230 games under the colors of Haute-Garonne. Note that if he had never returned Ernest-Wallon since his departure, it’s simply because the last two meetings between Toulouse and Racing 92 were played at the Stadium.
The turning point: the yellow card of VuliVuli
Referee Mathieu Raynal sends a yellow card to Vulivuli Icon Sport If the Toulouse had already taken the advantage on the scoreboard, the yellow card received by Albert Vulivuli in the 37th minute, for a charge on the neck of the hooker opponent, Julien Marchand, finished crucifying Racing 92. Already led 23-6, the Parisians will cash two tries (Maxime Médard, 40th, Gael Fickou, 44th) in numerical inferiority. Thus, on the return of the Fijian international center (32 years old, 16 caps), who will leave Racing for Aix en Provence at the end of the season, the players of both Laurent were led 35-6. Mass was said.
The question :
Given their schedule, are Toulouse now favorites to finish in second place in the Top14, and avoid dams?
Will Stade Toulousain finish 2nd in the top 14? If they won by depriving Racing 92 of the defensive bonus, the Toulouse were sure to get back to their opponents of the day, and even to steal the second place of the Top14, land points (4-1 at the U Arena 4-0 at Ernest-Wallon). So, in front of a particularly reshaped Ile-de-France team, the Toulousains unfolded and logically imposed themselves (42-27). Thus, second Top14 two days from the end of the championship, Toulouse now seem in a position of strength to avoid roadblocks. Indeed, Ugo Mola’s players will not have “more than” confirm their lead in the standings by receiving a La Rochelle and a trip to Clermont who will have nothing to play in the last day. For their part, the Racingmen, after their Champions Cup semi-final, will travel to Bordeaux , before receiving agen . Finally, the last candidate in Top2, Toulon (68 points), will get Castres in day 25, before going to Pau . By stealing the second place of the Top14 Racing 92, and putting their hand on their destiny, Toulouse are now favorites to finish in second place in the Top14, and avoid dams?