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Léo Barré had fire in his legs
The Stade Français full-back, who scored twice (7′, 72′), made a major contribution to his team's well-deserved success against Stade Toulousain (27-12). The Pink Soldiers' number 15 set the tone for the evening by shining on the first ball of the match with a little kick over the top for himself. The rest of his meeting? Crossings, intervals and a burst of speed that made the Toulouse defence suffer. His two tries were a reward for his near-perfect performance, with no waste or bad choices. Barré is certainly the man of this Classico, at least offensively.
The Parisians' intractable defence
It was difficult to single out an individual from the crowd as the collective work of the Pink Soldiers in defence was colossal. Always in contact in the rucks and very aggressive, Laurent Labit's players suffocated Ugo Mola's players, without a solution during the first half. The interminable sequence beyond the 40th minute, concluded by a Parisian recovery in front of the line, sums up this coup de force of the Pink Army. From Gabrillagues to Briatte, via Hirigoyen and Halaifonua, everyone was in tune tonight in Paris. A majestic performance that allows Jean-Bouin's residents to string together a 5th consecutive win at home against their historic rival.
Rory Kockott as boss
Disappointing against Racing 92, the Parisian scrum-half set the record straight in this Classico. Coming on in place of Weber in the 43rd minute, the 37-year-old veteran showed all his experience and knowledge of the game. His cleanliness with ball in hand and his cunning benefited Stade Français. Very inspired, the former Castrais sent Laloi over for a try and then Barré at the end of the game. It was some very great Kockott tonight.
Thomas Ramos' Difficult Night
Starting at fly-half, the Toulouse player had a very unusual waste against the poles, leaving five points on the way despite goalscoring positions rather within his grasp. Otherwise, the French international never found the passing solutions against the Parisians' impenetrable block. It remains to be seen whether Ugo Mola will continue to use him as a 10 in the coming weeks or whether he will find his place at the back, where he shines more.
Lucas Tauzin misses out
Like the rest of Toulouse's backline, the 25-year-old winger missed his game in the wide areas. Undisciplined and guilty of several technical errors, Tauzin could not have hoped for better tonight with such confusion in his game. It must be said that his partners, Chocobares, Retière and Ahki, were hardly more inspired. Toulouse, far too clumsy, logically left Paris empty-handed.
Toulouse continues to travel badly
It was the third defeat in a row away from home for Stade Toulousain after Pau and Castres. Since the beginning of the season, the reigning champions of France have won only one game out of five away (four defeats) and deliver performances far from expectations. Beaten in impact and ineffective in attack, Ugo Mola's players returned to Toulouse, once again, frustrated. Harlequins' next test in the European Cup is on 17 December, after hosting Cardiff next Saturday.