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In search of a first victory, the two teams of the department, Toulouse Olympique and Racing Saint-Gaudinois both sought to assert themselves during this traditional Haut-Garonnais derby. After a very balanced first half, the rain and the surging attacks of Toulouse overcame Commingeois still in search of consistency.
Saint-Gaudens ended up stalling
If the Toulouse rookie, the Englishman Maximilien Clarke, recently arrived from Sheffield, made the difference for the first time in the 4th minute of play, the reaction of the Commingeois is, in the first half, at the height of their ambitions. The bears concerned head, multiply attacks, chain combinations, even dominate their opponents. Julian Sorel’s equalizer calls for their goodwill to score. A successful penalty from Valentin Dumas even gave the visitors a slight advantage in the 35th minute. The people of Toulouse are upset. With a try from Etienne Depeyre just before the break, they represent the advantage in score and the psychological advantage.
On returning from the locker room, the Bears do not intend to give up but they will never be able to impose their game in the second half. With the fine rain falling on the Arnauné stadium, the Commingeois take on the water. On the wing, the Toulouse duo Clarke-Depeyre made the difference and scored several times. The Saint-Gaudinois concede five tries in the second half without ever being able to retaliate. Their lack of consistency is still fatal. And their disappointment at the height of the joy of Toulouse who, finally, percent in this start of the championship.
In the Toulouse ranks Clarke and Depeyre were excellent finishers, executioners of the Comminegois. Agullo, Vick and Fourquet are also highlighted.
On the Saint-Gaudinois side, Minga, Dumas, Morris and Sentenac have tried everything. In vain.
TA: 12 – 8; referee: Kévin de la Rose.
Winners: 7E Clarke (4,46,69), Depeyre (39, 50), Fourquet (67), Vick (76); 7T Vick (4, 40, 46, 76).
Defeated: 1E Sorel (28), 1T, 1P (35), Dumas.
Toulouse Olympics: Laguerre, Depeyre, Clarke, Vick, Ruffie, Thérond, Checreton, Ross, Pallares, Michalak, Lima, Fourquet, Agullo (cap.).
Came into play: Gonzales-Trique, Pomie, Sangare, Guillon.
RC Saint-Gaudens: Morris, Sorel, Minga, Lucas, Stefani, Delage, Blasi, Sentenac, Dumas (cap), Dowel, Celerino, Sabour, Caparros.
Came into play: Talazac, Vuillermet, Bertolas, Arréou.
toulouse 36 – saint-gaudens 8
“I don’t know what made us let go”
Sébastien Raguin (TO coach): “In the first half, we showed what is worst in the lack of discipline, even if we were able to create good situations. Fortunately our defense held up. In the second, we scored five times and, above all, on zero point collection. That’s pretty good. “
Gaëtan Vick (TO center, center): “It was a very complicated game for us at the start. We wake up in the second half. We were finally able to show what we can do and what we are working on in training. But we still have a lot of work to do. to do.”
Jérôme de Azevedo (Saint-Gaudens coach): “I’m disappointed, yes really disappointed for the players. In the first half, we were in the game. We even dominate. I don’t know what made us give up. Mentally, we are missing something. mental resources are found. “
Valentin Dumas (Saint-Gaudens opener): “We can only have regrets. We must largely dominate the score at half-time. Get back to work, question ourselves, collectively and individually so that the rest of the rest of the season is acceptable.”