This Saturday night, Stade Toulouse won against Bayonne with a score of 48-26. Haut-Garonnais could rely on Setareki Bituniyata and Antoine Dupont to make the difference. Opposite, Luke Tagi was up to par, but not enough.
We’re just speechless. Although today we are used to seeing him feasting in the meadow, we never tire of him. Displaced early on, Dupont managed early in the game before leaving his box. In the 20th minute, he picked up the ball and went like a big slap in the middle of the posts. Seconds later he countered a kick from Tiberghien before delivering an exceptional chister for Pite Ahki to try. Ten minutes before the final whistle, he made a quick pass to Bituniyat, but he couldn’t catch the ball. In the latest action, Dupont Dupont did to tickle the stars and offer Toulouse an attacking bonus. Magic.
The Toulouse winger is going from strength to strength this season. Originally a wild card for the World Cup, he extended his contract until the end of the season. And seeing his performance this Saturday night, it’s easy to see why the Haut-Garonne staff have faith in him. Hyperactive in the game, he offered to advance his team on several occasions in midfield. In the 12th minute, he was at the end of a spectacular red-black offensive. The ex-Briviste stood out in defense with a devastating save on the half-hour mark that ruined a huge Bayonne opportunity. Ten minutes from the end of the match, he could have scored a double, but he was the author of a huge mistake.
If anyone ever asks you what it’s like to play a modern prop, show them some Luke Tagi videos. The Fijian right back, who arrived from Provence Rugby last season, does not struggle with the ball, quite the opposite. The Stade Français passer created danger in Toulouse’s defense with each of his tackles. He was strong in the scrum and at the end of a beautiful Basque ball that took place shortly after quarter of an hour of the game. With Tevita Tatafu and Luke Tagi in their team, who will play on the right of the scrum, Bayonne Aviron can travel.
It’s clean, it’s well done, it’s Jack Willis. The England flanker is one of the leaders at Stade Toulouse and is taking charge. He was once again impenetrable on defense with 4-of-4, but also authored 14 tackles with the ball in hand. He intercepted Maxime Machenaud’s pass just before half-time to score his team’s fourth try.
The hooker from Bayonne had a complicated evening on the court in Ernest-Wallon. From the first action, he was guilty of a rough attack up front as Bayonne took the lead at kick-off. Repeat a few minutes later. The number two failed to control the surge coming out of the maul. In the second act, Giudicelli was penalized for a dangerous tackle on Albano Placines.
The weeks go by and currently the All Black look the same. Already in trouble last week at Racing 92, the player who played in the last World Cup final was unable to turn things around against Bayonne. Discreet in the game, he was sanctioned twice. He received a yellow card in the last action of the first act and then did not return in the second, replaced by Merkler.