Pau brings down leader Toulouse in the Top 14

Pau brings down leader Toulouse in the Top 14

The game: 26-16

Victorious from Perpignan (16-14) at home and excellent at Clermont but not rewarded (33-24) last week, the Palois remained undefeated at home thanks to a double from their Australian winger Jack Maddoks but above all organization and stubbornness. defensive which blocked the initiatives of Toulouse. Toulouse were definitively reduced to fourteen from the 52nd after the red card inflicted on Richie Arnold for a dangerous tackle.

After a locked and uncertain half-hour which saw the two teams align the penalty goals to find themselves tied (9-9) in the 35th minute, this messy meeting saw the Pau Section come off thanks to a try from their Australian winger Jack Maddoks on a well improved recovery ball (36th, 16-9). And the Bearnais lead took a little more relief with a fourth goal from Zack Henry just before the break (19-9).

The Toulouse did not give up and found their way to the opposing in-goal in power through their imposing second line Meafu (47th, 19-16). This encounter seemed to balance out until Australian second row Richie Arnold was sent off just inside. His high, dangerous tackle earned him a red card (52nd). In numerical inferiority, the Toulouse cashed a try, doubled by Maddoks (57th, 26-16) on a shift from his back Clément Laporte.

The visitors may have activated their game around their joker, the tonic Antoine Dupont, nothing helped. Winger Dimitri Delibes missed the unmissable try (74th) at the end of the line on a skipped pass from Sofiane Guitoune, sealing Béarn’s success at Le Hameau. Undefeated since the start of the Championship, Toulouse lost for the first time this season, leaving the first place in the standings to Stade Rochelais.

13

The number of penalties conceded by Toulouse, including a red card (52nd).

The player: double for Jack Maddoks

An excellent cricketer, this protean player, capable of playing open, at the back and on the wing, is a formidable finisher. He proved it on Saturday night. In a locked match where Pau opportunities to score were rare, Jack Maddoks (25 years old, 1.94m, 90 kg) was able to escape the opposing defense with finesse and power. The two tries (36th, 57th) of this Australian international (7 caps in 2018), from Pau since last season, have crucified Toulouse.

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