Top 14: why the defensive bonus point taken by Stade Toulousain against Toulon is crucial

Top 14: why the defensive bonus point taken by Stade Toulousain against Toulon is crucial

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The positive attitude despite the scarcity. Defeated for the ninth time in a row outside in the league, the Toulouse insisted on the defensive bonus won.

The long wait continues. If the success in Ulster eight days ago, embellished with a qualification for the quarter-finals of the European Cup, gave balm to the hearts of the “Red and Black” travelers in a season marked by empty returns , the bad run on which Julien Marchand’s teammates remain on the move in the Top 14 extended on Saturday evening in Marseille.

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At the Vélodrome against Toulon, the Stadistes thus conceded their ninth failure in a row. That is more than six months (203 days exactly) to strive without success to find a smile, more glimpsed on the return bus since October 2 in Biarritz (17-11). An eternity.

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With such a record, it is therefore not really surprising to see the Stadistes find themselves in danger in the race for qualification three days from the end. Seventh team away – only Castres is doing less well among the current members of the top 6 –, and despite the fragility displayed in conquest – “Absences are not an excuse” proclaimed Saturday evening Virgile Lacombe -, we wanted to be positive and retain the bonus point hung at the end of the game which allowed Toulouse to stay on the right side of the waterline, thanks to a better particular difference with Lyon.

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“We missed so many points that this one is important”

“Obviously there is frustration because we did a big part, especially in front. Behind, we hung on, sent, analyzed Thomas Ramos. We succeed with character to regain a point and it is important because we have some let this season go by so much that it allows us to return to the six with an important reception against La Rochelle.

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Repositioned at the opening in the absence of Romain Ntamack, the usual rear noted there the difficulties encountered by his team to get into the nails of the defensive bonus out of its bases, since the one picked up in the lair of Olympique de Marseille is only the third after Clermont and Pau. This explains why the “red and black” were more reasonable than daring when deciding what to do with the penalty they had almost facing the poles in the last minutes, preferring to try it rather than go into touch to hang the draw.

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“This bonus point is important but that does not mean that it satisfies us, assured Lacombe. We are going to work hard to improve quality and make a better copy next week. Of course, this point can count. We are in the race to qualify with a lot of teams, so it is important.”

“I hope he will count, added Ramos. We have a rather favorable calendar if we look at receptions and trips, so it’s up to us to do the ”taf” over the last three games. We are going to prepare La Rochelle well, we will have time to switch to the European Cup after (the quarter-final in Dublin against Munster, editor’s note). What is really important is La Rochelle.”

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Because this time, the Toulouans really have no room for error.

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