In an arch-roofed Marcel-Michelin stadium, Clermont offered its 18,735 spectators a second New Year’s Eve, Saturday, with a prestigious victory (16-13) against Toulouse. Ugo Mola’s men left Auvergne with the defensive bonus and remained second in the Top 14, Bordeaux-Bègles, despite this second defeat in a row.
” We expected a men’s match, it was ”, Summed up well, at the microphone of Canal +, Yohan Beheregaray, author of the only test in Clermont in the 13th minute. The hooker and his teammates won the big showdown with Toulouse. Caught cold by the Toulouse and Juan Cruz Mallia in the 6th, the Jaunards took the upper hand over the match. If the champions of France won the first period, they folded in the face of the big physical fight imposed by the locals.
“When you fail at three points, there is frustration”
Despite heavy occupation of the land, the Auvergnats took a long time to gain the upper hand. Led until the 68th minute, they took the lead thanks to the drop of Camille Lopez, who managed a real plus when he entered the 58th, and managed to keep their great rivals under pressure.
Deprived of Antoine Dupont, “judged tired “By his club without further clarification, Toulouse did not find the spark to confuse the forwards of Clermont. But the European champions can (a little) console themselves with the defensive bonus won in the 77th minute on a penalty from Thomas Ramos. ” When we fail at three points, there is frustration “, Lamented Romain Ntamack.
For the Jaunards, it is an important victory after a mixed first part of the season. ” We have to stick the wagon of the six (they temporarily return to the Top 6), it is chosen made, rejoiced Damian Penaud. Hats off to the big guys. “