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Fixtures and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
Joshua Tuisova was everywhere
If the LOU has largely won against Clermont (34-14), Josua Tuisova is not indifferent.
If he responded present in defense it is especially in the offensive phases that he shone.
Every ball touched by the Fijian, or almost, was transformed into dangerous situations.
Before registering the last try, synonymous with an offensive bonus (78th), Tuisova had been decisive on Veredamu's try by sending him a real decisive pass from a superb chistera.
Served as the first attacker on many game launches, he has always allowed LOU to find progress in this match.
The pillars of the LOU made the ASM suffer
As a former front row player, Christophe Urios knows that a rugby match is more difficult to win when the forwards are dominated.
Today's match proved that again.
Faced with the power of Taofifenua, author of a try (38th), and Bemba, the Clermont pillars suffered and were penalized four times.
Very active in the running game and dominating in melee and in the mauls, the two titular pillars of LOU have left nothing to ASM.
The return of Peceli Yato
It had been 13 months since the third line of Clermont had not walked the lawns during an official match.
Injured since a match against Ulster in December 2021, the Fijian saw the end of the tunnel and resumed competition.
Coming into play in the 49th minute, he could not prevent the heavy defeat of Clermont but will at least have the merit of delighting the supporters of ASM who had been waiting for his return for a long time.
It is also good news for him who is finally leaving his physical problems behind him.
It's a return that could count for the rest of the ASM season.
An entry to forget for Belleau
If Jules Plisson, holder at kick-off, did not shine, he will not suffer from the comparison with his replacement.
Entering the game in the 54th minute, Anthony Belleau failed to enter his match and, while a comeback was still possible, the former Toulon player twice missed penalties (58th, 60th), yet in its stride.
He will not have been very present in the game and will not have brought anything to a line of 3/4 Clermontois rather uninspired.
The very many outings on injuries
Xavier Mignot, Bautista Delguy, Arthur Iturria, Etienne Fourcade and Hamza Kaabeche.
So many players who left the pitch with an injury or did not return after a negative concussion protocol.
For Christophe Urios' first match with Clermont, it hit hard and it did some damage.
It is to be hoped that the injuries or unavailability are not too long in which case it could handicap the two teams for the rest of the season.