The Toulousains moved on the Sale lawn this Saturday afternoon for the third day of the Champions Cup. They were screwed by the English, quickly reduced to 14, but still won (5-27). Ugo Mola’s men have qualified for the final stage of the competition.
The movie of the game
12′: Akker van den Merwe tries to sell. On a touch of 5m, the English form a group penetrated, well defended by Toulouse, who advance a little. But the South African whore, accompanied by Manu Tuilagi, frees himself and pressures Romain Ntamack to flatten into the goal. Unconverted lawsuit. 5-0.
19′: red card against Jacobus Wiese. Sale’s second line is ruled out after a shoulder charge on Dorian Aldegheri in a scrum. The English finish the match in numerical inferiority.
70′: attempt by Emmanuel Meafou for Toulouse. The Australian second row regains the ball in a shot, following a breakthrough from Dimitri Delibes, and at power he manages to stretch his arm to register Toulouse’s first try of the game. Converted test. 5-22.
72′: attempt by Guillaume Cramont for Toulouse. The “red and black” regain the leather in the 40 m from the English and set the pace. Antoine Dupont sprawls on Pierre-Louis Barassi who accelerates down the lane before being tackled 5m from the line. At the next ruck, Cramont is launched perfectly by his scrum-half. Unconverted lawsuit. 5-27.
Romain Ntamack, the centenarian
The Toulouse opening half played his hundredth game this Saturday afternoon under the “red and black” colours. Trained at the Haut-Garonne club, he began his professional career in 2017.
A very difficult first act for Toulouse
The English had warned that this second leg would be different. They joined the deeds to the words of the meeting. With the wind at their backs, Tom Curry’s teammates put immense pressure on Toulouse, whether through their kicking or their aggressive defending. The “red and black” could not put their game in place, despite the red card that the locals received in the middle of the first half.
Physics made the difference
Well into the match, the English weakened at the end of the match. They were actually greatly reduced during the first act. Sale lost their two starters in the first action of the game – concussions to both – then their second line Jacobus Wiese to a red card in the 19th minute. Against the wind in the second half, the Premier League residents had almost no possession and were not dangerous.
Toulouse took the opportunity to take the upper hand at the end of the game to secure victory, thanks in particular to the near-perfect boot of Melvyn Jaminet. At the end of the game, they even seemed motivated to get the offensive bonus.
Lessons from the game
After the big blow achieved in Munster and then the improved victory against Sale, Stade Toulousein managed the pass of three by winning on the lawn of the Sharks. The Toulouse success took a long time to take shape, but patiently, against the English reduced to 14, midway through the first half, they ended up winning with toil, scoring two tries in the final ten minutes.
With three successes in as many matches in this group stage of the Champions Cup, the “red and black” have already qualified for the final stage of the competition. They also took an opportunity to concede in this final phase, but to be safe they must win next week against Munster, Sunday 22nd January at 3pm. 16.15 at the Ernest-Wallon stadium.