IT’S OVER ! TOULOUSE QUALIFIES FOR THE HALFTIMES!
Stade Toulousain qualifies for the Top 14 semi-finals after their brilliant victory against La Rochelle 33 to 28! Les Rouge et Noir will face Castres Olympique next week. Sometimes abused by the Maritimes, the Toulousains of the excellent Antoine Dupont delighted offensively in front of the public of Ernest Wallon with 4 tries!
FAVRE ENDS THE MATCH WITH A TRY! (TOU 33-28 LR)
Last action for La Rochelle initiated by Botia and finished by Favre in the in-goal! But the essential is elsewhere, Toulouse is qualified!
LA ROCHELLE PLANTS ONE LAST (TOU 33-21 LR)
Video arbitration for a potential Rochelais try after a penalty quickly played by Pierre Bourgarit! The hooker seems to finish the action but we check a forward… TRY FOR LA ROCHELLE!
LEBEL HAS THE RAGE TO WIN! (TOU 33-14 LR)
Big turnover from Toulouse and Dupont clears with the left foot! Dulin is on the cover but gets cut off on the sidelines… Lebel harangues his audience!
NTAMAAAAACK FOR THE WINNING TEST! (TOU 33-14 LR)
But what an action from Stade Toulouse with an inside return from Meafou for Tolofua who pierces 30 meters! He serves on a Ntamack tray which ends the action with his canes! Ramos investigates, 33 to 14!
RAMOS MISS AN EASY PENALTY (TOU 26-14 LR)
New penalty for Toulouse after an ultra-efficient contest by Ahki! We will take it to put La Rochelle at 13 points … Thomas Ramos misses it, 26 to 14!
MALLIAAAAA’S TEST! (TOU 26-14 LR)
Huge reaction from Toulouse with a pass at the foot of Ramos for Mallia who flattens without opposition! Ramos misses the transformation, 26 to 14!
ALLDRITT AS BOSS! (TOU 21-14 LR)
But what a player this Greg Alldritt! Scrum at five meters and the 3rd center line leaves alone by depositing three defenders! West investigates on the inside post, 21 to 14!
Things are heating up between the two teams (TOU 21-7 LR)
For two actions, we warm up between the two teams which wakes up the public of Ernest Wallon!
Danty comes in (TOU 21-7 LR)
Exit of Sinzelle and entry into play of the excellent Jonathan Danty! The La Rochelle wingers will no longer have many balls…
Big Toulouse scrum (TOU 21-7 LR)
On introduction from La Rochelle, the Toulousains put enormous pressure and recover a penalty! What an effort!
IT’S THE BREAK !
It’s time for Ernest Wallon! Small demonstration of Toulouse in this first act of the barrage against La Rochelle, 21 to 7 at halftime. Carried by an Antoine Dupont of the big nights, Toulouse quickly took off on two class actions from the best player in the world. Watch out for the La Rochelle reaction!
RAMOS GIVE 14 POINTS AHEAD (TOU 21-7 LR)
New penalty for Thomas Ramos who is happy to investigate again! 21 to 7 for Stade Toulouse!
Very dangerous Toulouse (TOU 18-7 LR)
Huge opportunity for Toulouse who was close to the 3rd try but Mallia commits a forward! It’s back to a penalty!
RAMOS RESTORES THE ADVANCE (TOU 18-7 LR)
Penalty for Toulouse after a fault on the ground of the Rochelais! Thomas Ramos gives Toulouse three more points, 18 to 7!
THE ROCHELAISE REACTION! (TOU 15-7 LR)
Finally a nice reaction from La Rochelle with a big pick and go session! Liebenberg finishes the work in power, of course! West transforms, 12 to 7!
La Rochelle is getting closer (TOU 15-0 LR)
Penalty against Toulouse after a tackle without a ball from Fouyssac! We are going into touch on the maritime side, we want to score a try!
Missed drop from Ntamack (TOU 15-0 LR)
After a few sequences of confrontations between forwards, Dupont ejects on Ntamack who takes the drop on the 35 meters! It’s next to !
Leaving Cros (TOU 15-0 LR)
Big blow for Toulouse with the premature exit of François Cros! He is replaced by Flament.
RAMOS ADDS THREE POINTS (TOU 15-0 LR)
Another penalty against La Rochelle and against Will Skelton caught in an offside position! Obviously, we will take the points on the Toulouse side… Ramos adds three points, 15 to 0!
DUPONT IS UNSTOPPABLE! (TOU 12-0 LR)
But what a Toulouse number! Breakthrough of Arnold on 30 meters which sends on the wing of the inevitable Dupont! He plays West and flattens in the corner! In corner, Ramos misses the boat, 12 to 0!
Toulouse is hungry for a game (TOU 7-0 LR)
Penalty against La Rochelle after a clearing on the side of Sinzelle! It’s played quickly by Ramos but it’s too short for Mallia!
TOULOUSE SCORES THE FIRST! (TOU 7-0 LR)
What a monumental action from Antoine Dupont after a perfect interior return from Mauvaka! Dupont pierces, taps on the foot and recovers the ball! Behind we send Fouyssac into the in-goal! Ramos investigates, 7 to 0!
West in lack of success (TOU 0-0 LR)
In the wake of his missed penalty, West finds a direct touch and returns the ball to Toulouse in his camp … Bad time for the opening half!
WEST MISSES THE UNMISSABLE (TOU 0-0 LR)
Already a penalty for La Rochelle after a lot of work from the scrum pack! Ihaia West will take the points to open the scoring in this shoot-off… And it’s missed! He was in front of the poles about twenty meters away…
It goes in all directions (TOU 0-0 LR)
First forward from Dupont and the Stade La Rochelais starts the march forward with Haddad! Skelton’s turn to lose the ball!
TOULOUSE-LA ROCHELLE KICKS OFF! (TOU 0-0 LR)
And here we go for this first Top 14 play-off between Stade Toulouse and the reigning European champion, Stade Rochelais!
Danty on the bench, Botia in the fight
On the La Rochelle side, the maritime staff made 11 changes compared to the team which won in Lyon last Sunday, during the last day of the regular phase. Alldritt, Leyds and Sinzelle, preserved against LOU, are all back for this shoot-off.
Uncertain due to sore ankles, Jonathan Danty and left pillar Reda Wardi are indeed present, but will start on the substitutes’ bench. Note that this is the same starting XV as the one lined up in the Champions Cup final against Leinster, Botia in addition.
The composition of La Rochelle!
Flax ; Leyds, Sinzelle, Botia, Rhule; (o) West, (m) Berjon; Haddad, Alldritt (cap.), Liebenberg; Skelton, Lavault; Atonio, Bourgarit, Priso.
Replacements: Bosch, Wardi, Sazy, Bourdeau, Retière, Favre, Danty and Sclavi
Mauvaka holder, a 100% Arnold and Jelonch team in 8
Ugo Mola and his staff made 6 changes compared to the big victory obtained against Biarritz last Sunday. Mallia will start on the left wing, in place of the international at 7 Nelson Épée, present on the bench.
In the tailgating, French international Peato Mauvaka was preferred to his club and national teammate, Julien Marchand, to start the match, while the second line will be formed by a 100% Arnold hitch, with Richie in 5 and Rory in 4. Jelonch will occupy the position of number 8, a position that Tolofua will replace during the match.
The composition of Toulouse!
Ramos; Lebel, Fouyssac, Ahki, Mallia; (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont (Cap.); Elstadt, Jelonch, Cros; Ri.Arnold, Ro.Arnold; Aldegheri, Mauvaka, Baille
Replacements: Marchand, Ainu’u, Meafou, Flament, Tolofua, Germain, Sword, Mallez
TOULOUSE-LA ROCHELLE, KICK-OFF AT 9:05 PM!
Hello everyone and welcome to RMC Sport to follow the first Top 14 play-off between Toulouse and La Rochelle live! The very ambitious Stadistes welcome a very euphoric reigning European champion. Kick off at 9:05 p.m.!