The game: 28-8
Was it really RC Toulon on Ernest-Wallon’s lawn? We could doubt it. Not because of the color of the jersey that the Varois wore on Sunday evening – very pale turquoise – but rather of the indigence of their game. Supporting the protection of the oceans does not imply taking on water in this way… fight, shaken in conquest, unable to keep the ball, Charles Ollivon’s teammates only suffered, which is not the DNA of this club.
It looked like the Toulon of two seasons ago, which was struggling not to go down. After a goal from Serin (3rd), the Varois conceded three tries, signed Matthis Lebel (17th) shifted at the end of the line at the end of a long sequence, Dimitri Delibes (21st) magnificently put into orbit by Antoine Dupont and his relaunch of the sprinter, then by Emmanuel Maefou (26th), in force, flush with a winning ruck, on a pass from the inevitable Antoine Dupont.
Led 20-3 at the break, the Toulonnais had not changed their outfit, but came back with better intentions, which was not very difficult. But their initiatives, like the daring one from Wainiqolo from his in-goal (45th), had no effect. To furnish, we then witnessed the great debut, three minutes later, of the Italian international Ange Capuozzo, recruited in Grenoble in the off-season, then those of the young Théo Ntamack, 20, in the 58th minute, while his eldest Romain had left the field (26th), suffered a right ankle injury.
After having wasted three chances between the 53rd and the 56th, the Varois finally saw their efforts rewarded by the test of Aymeric Luc (65th) which deprived the Toulouse team of the bonus for a time, only for a time because after the yellow card collected by their hooker replacing Christopher Tolofua (64th), the outnumbered Toulonnais conceded the relentless try behind penaltouch, signed Peato Mauvaka (75th). With this offensive bonus, Stade Toulousain now occupies first place in the standings after two days.
The number of minutes necessary for Toulouse to regain an offensive bonus lost after the Toulon try.
The player: Antoine Dupont, universal key
The Toulouse international scrum-half saved his camp (5th), sprinted forty meters to shift Dimitri Delibes thus put into orbit (21st), then launched the imposing Emmanuel Meafou in the interval (26th) for the bonus test offensive. His occupation tactical footwork, his decisive tackles, his pass feints and his overflows placed Toulon on their heels, Sunday, at the end of the day.