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Top 14: Carbonel shines, Stade Français sinks in Toulon


Toulon crushed the Stade Français at the end of the 19th day of Top 14 (35-13), this Sunday evening. Before joining the XV of France, Lo

Louis Carbonel is only 21 years old but his voice carries far, in a Mayol stadium emptied of its spectators.

Trained in Toulon, the French international (2 capes) is already one of the executives of the RCT, which goes back to third place in the Top 14 thanks to a clear victory against Stade Français on Sunday (35-13).

Louis Carbonel was one of the strong men in this shock of the 19th day.

Very sure of himself against the poles, Louis Carbonel only missed a corner transformation.

He scored 15 points at the foot and especially scored a superb try which unlocked the match, in the 23rd minute, after a period of domination of the Parisians.

"Loulou", as his teammates call him, made the difference on his own: he went through a mouse hole in the defense, sharpened his vis-à-vis before making his burst of speed speak.

At the hour of play, the residents of the Mayol stadium, who observed the match from their balconies, believed to see him register a test of fifty meters, after an incredible race.

But this test was refused for an obstruction by Gabin Villière on Gaël Fickou.

Scratch playing time with the Blues

This decision of the video referee will not change anything: Louis Carbonel signed against Stade Français his best match of a season so far.

The rupture of a cruciate ligament Anthony Belleau, in September, during the first day of the Top 14, allows him to chain tenures.

His trainer, Patrice Collazo, appreciates the speed and technique of this player opening half.

"For him, rugby is still a pleasure", appreciates the manager of the RCT, referring to a player who should soon extend his contract.

The double junior world champion is now hoping to get playing time with the XV of France.

The absence of holder Romain Ntamack could allow him to show off, even if Bordeaux's Matthieu Jalibert seems to have a head start.

Louis Carbonel was notably missed during the RCT's trip to Gironde at the beginning of January, in the direct duel between the two men.

But Fabien Galthié will have a choice, at the opening, during the rally which begins in Nice on Monday.

Everything remains possible for the young French forerunners.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-01-24

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