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Game, game and game!
What an incredible show!
With five tries scored per team, this Racing-Toulouse has just equaled the record for the number of tries scored in a match this season in the Top 14. One thing is certain, all the spectators of the match enjoyed themselves and would like to see this kind of match more often.
Despite the absence of the best players, retained in selections, Toulouse and Racing sent the game everywhere for 80 minutes.
The wingers enjoyed themselves as rarely with many balls hit at the end of the line and at the heart of several combinations.
As we know, La Défense Arena is conducive to this kind of show, but this Sunday evening, it has reserved one of its best productions for us.
If the Top 14 teams want to be inspired by this match worthy of Super Rugby, we can't say no!
Paul Graou, more than a substitute
In the absence of Antoine Dupont, it was Paul Graou who started as scrum half for Stade Toulousain.
With his performance tonight, you would think there was no difference.
Aged 25, he shone as rarely for his 6th start of the season.
At the origin of Peato Mauvaka's first try, he played the entire meeting by being very fair in his choices and present in support on each attack.
It is also he who is rewarded for his excellent performance by registering the last Toulouse test at the conclusion of a festival of Lebel, the other great player of this meeting.
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Lebel and Jaminet, the holders are present
He is more used to being a starter and doing the job well.
But tonight he delivered one of his best performances of the season.
If he didn't score a try, he was very restless throughout the match and gave us a festival on his team's fifth try by showing his speed and intelligence on the spot. foot to follow for Graou's test.
Behind him, Melvyn Jaminet also showed that he deserved his international status with a flawless performance.
Precise in the passing game as on Delibes' try (12') and effective against the poles (4/6) he rose to the occasion unlike his Scottish opponent.
Finn Russell can blame himself
Left to rest against Brive, Finn Russell made his return with the Sky and White.
If he was not bad in the first hour of play, he failed at the worst of times.
By missing three conversions, he forgot six points en route, which could have given his team victory.
But that's not all !
While Racing was in a strong moment, it did not find the key in Toulouse's 22 meters and spoiled what looked like a match point.
We are used to having ups and downs with Finn Russell but this one is expensive for Racing, which may have said goodbye to the top 6 tonight...
Toulouse in difficulty on the mauls
If his three-quarter line was fantastic, and that was what was most important tonight, Ugo Mola must certainly be less satisfied with his pack up front.
Suffering on the Ile-de-France mauls, they conceded numerous penalties which gave Racing 92 ammunition. Dominated for a large part of the match, the Toulouse scrum woke up at the best of times to obtain a penalty on a scrum in favor of Racing five meters from their line.
Decisive forwards after this festival for the backs, that's the beauty of rugby!