Like Armand Duplantis in the pole vault, Clermont can look up rather than down.
Christophe Urios' men won against Toulon this Sunday evening at the end of the 19th day of Top 14 (36-21).
Thanks in particular to a controlled first half, ASM is back in 7th place in the standings.
Conversely, the RCT does not confirm its success last weekend against Stade Toulousain.
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The first half was almost one-sided.
Penalized many times (eight penalties in 29 minutes), the Toulonnais conceded the first try of the game following a maul.
Yato grabs the leather and after a passage on the ground, Paillaugue taps on the arm of Jauneau, the ball is picked up on Fischer who scores in force (10th).
Three minutes later, Belleau put pressure on the Toulon rearguard who could not find the key.
Newsome raises, serves Jauneau for Delguy who is caught a few meters from the in-goal.
Jauneau, still excellent this evening, serves Iturria who passes to the ground and the scrum-half extricates himself on the level for the second Clermont try.
In total success, ASM will pass a drop by Belleau and score on the next action through Alivereti Raka.
Alexandre Fischer scored the first try of the match, in force.
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The second period begins as it began.
Toulon attacked hard and Paillaugue, flush with a ruck, plunged into the promised land (44').
The men of the Mignoni-Azema duo – two former Clermont house players – are back in the game and put the Clermontois in difficulty.
Despite the good streaks of Rouge et Noir, Clermont made the round back and went back to sea thanks to a strong try from the young Benjamin Boudou.
In the process, Bruce Devaux, the pillar of the RCT, will receive a yellow card for repeated faults.
Five minutes from time, the Toulon bench brought freshness and after a breakthrough from Devaux well followed by Danglot, the game bounced off the wing of Wainiqolo who scored in the corner.
But on the last Clermont ammunition, Yato, all in power, will register a new test.