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Toulouse (AFP) – Toulouse, despite the absences of most of its internationals, a well-stocked infirmary, the rain and a conquest in great difficulty, laboriously came to the end of a too undisciplined Brive team (18-11) on Saturday during the 11th day of the Top 14.
The double tenant of the title consolidates his first place in the standings, with seven lengths in advance before the perilous trip on Sunday evening of his runner-up, Bordeaux-Bègles, with another contender for the shield of Brennus, Racing 92.
With this fifth defeat in six days, Brive carried out a bad operation in the race for maintenance since two of its direct competitors, the promulgated Perpignan and Biarritz were imposed earlier in the day.
Without his blue heroes who won the All Blacks last week, left to rest with the exception of Thibaud Flament, who will wait until his position is a little more provided to have vacations, Toulouse has yet demonstrated success in conquering.
Systematically thwarted by the Brivist line-up, the Red and Black have lost a total of eleven balls in touch, including seven during the first period alone.
Like a corner try refused to Lucas Tauzin after video refereeing, they also failed, often out of clumsiness, to their territorial domination.
Brive even gave them a lesson in realism by scoring in the first act on each of his forays or almost in the Toulouse camp, including an essay by the back Joris Jurand.
But the Corréziens were far too unruly and penalized to hold out in the light rain which appeared after the break.
Their opening half Enzo Hervé, sanctioned with a red card for dangerous play, left his teammates outnumbered for the end of the match and Toulouse took advantage of it.
Frustrated not to have played a single minute of play with the Blues during the fall tests, Thomas Ramos, aligned at the opening, chained the penalties (6 out of 7 success) to ensure the essential. Without scoring a single try, a rarity for Ernest-Wallon.
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