Top 14. Toulouse suffocates Brive and reassures itself. Sport

A week after its European setback at Leinster, Toulouse responded well to go on to win at Brive (26-8) despite more than an hour spent at 2pm, enabling it to return to the qualifying zone on Saturday night to mark the 25th day of the top 14.

Getting up was the priority

A reaction was expected, which took place in Corrèze where Ugo Mola’s men managed to perfectly realize their reunion with the Top 14, despite the quick red card Charlie Faumina received for an attack with the shoulder straight to Luka Japaridze’s head ( 17).

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If they couldn’t win the offensive bonus like their direct competitors La Rochelle, Toulon and even Clermont, they reassured themselves in the wake of a re-deciding Antoine Dupont and reminded that it will be necessary to be strong for the dethronement.

It’s getting tighter for Brive

De Coujoux’s defeat obviously does not help the business of Jeremy Davidson’s men, who are more than ever within reach of Perpignan, who is three points short of his trip to Castres on Sunday to secure the play-off spot. dodge.

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Although the CAB started the match full of fire, their lack of precision in contact, their dominated scrum, the Toulouse designs that proved to be the most dangerous, such as Thomas Ramos who forgot to flatten and was picked up by Enzo Hervé over the local goal (7).

No time to think, the next action a small “promise” also smiled at Dupont, served by a chistera from Thibaud Flament for the opener (0-7).

After the exclusion of Faumina, who could have revived the Corrèze machine, the reigning champion managed perfectly to control the disorderly attacks of Hervé’s team-mates, who required precision on foot and occupation to alarm their visitors who hand in the score of Ramos on foot (0 -10, 26).

At halftime, there was only one team on the ground, Toulouse, which was not rewarded for their dominance with two attempts denied to Ramos (37) and Mathis Lebel (45), which would have eased any tension.

Toulouse speeds up and kills the tension

Finally, relying on his victory, especially his scrum, the CAB regained hope with a penalty from Hervé (50), followed by a try from Setariki Tuicuvu which was also denied by Mr Raynal (57).

Too bad, because in the process Toulouse really accelerated with two new penalties from Ramos penalizing Brive’s indiscipline, and another try from Emmanuel Meafou after a scrum (3-21, 71).

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Within the scope of the bonus, Toulouse unfortunately fell back under counter pressure and got a corner to try and honor the mighty Esteban Abadie (77).