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Top 14: Toulouse falls from the throne

At the end of the 17th day of the Top 14, Lyon beat Toulouse (31-23). The champions of France lose the first place of the Top 14 in favor of La Rochelle.

Toulouse may have found its pet peeve. Winners at the Stade Ernest-Wallon last October, the players of Lyon repeated such a performance this Saturday at the end of the 17th day of the Top 14. From the start of the match, the players of Pierre Mignoni got their hands on the ball. and did not hesitate to take the points as soon as possible. From the 1st minute, Jonathan Wisniewski took advantage of the little space available to snap a drop and open the scoring.

This voluntary and offensive start to the match on the part of the Rhone residents was confirmed six minutes later. On an acceleration from Toby Arnold, Noa Nakaitaci is shifted and flattened the first try of the meeting. The Toulouse response was quick and it was the surprise Dimitri Delibes who sounded the revolt. Replacing the injured Yoann Huget at the last moment, the young center improved after a quarter of an hour of play a pass from Maxime Médard.

If Jonathan Wisniewski gave the LOU a little air, indiscipline will have been paid dearly. Indeed, while the Toulousains put the Lyonnais on the retreat following a smoothly conducted touch and were going to the test, Mickaël Ivaldi was taken by the patrol.

The Lyon hooker, guilty of having deliberately collapsed the maul, was sanctioned with a yellow card while Toulouse benefited from a penalty try. Opportunist, Jonathan Wisniewski slammed a second drop to widen the gap again but the beautiful evening of Dimitri Delibes continued after half an hour of play with a second consecutive try to a blind pass from Maxime Médard which allowed Toulouse to go ahead to score for the first time in the match…. but it was without counting on Toby Arnold who, five minutes before the break, took advantage of Josua Tuisova’s acceleration to trap the opposing defense and allow LOU to regain his locker room with six points in advance.

A half ended under tension after a collision between Félix Lambey and Rory Arnold, who both took a yellow card. If the first act was disheveled with five tries and 40 points scored, the second was more laborious. Very quickly, Jonathan Wisniewski gave Lyon nine points ahead of a penalty well in its strings to which Zack Holmes responded before giving way to Thomas Ramos, who made his return to competition.

However, 25 minutes from the end of the match, Noa Nakaitaci gave the Rhone a definite advantage with his second personal try. After passes from Jonathan Wisniewski and then Izack Rodda, the French international winger flattened into a corner, allowing his team to approach the end of the match with eleven points in advance and a certain peace of mind despite the Toulouse waves.

If Thomas Ramos reduced the gap to eight points on penalty, Toulouse have never managed to snatch at least the defensive bonus. It is not, however, for lack of trying with Baptiste Germain who sought out Cheslin Kolbe in the corner but the South African could not avoid a touchdown which canceled a possible try.

At the end of a high-level match, Lyon won against Toulouse (31-23) but remained at the gates of the Top 6. Toulouse, for its part, saw its streak of eight consecutive victories come to an end and gave up first place in La Rochelle… who will be his opponent next weekend for a poster that already promises a lot.

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