Clermont-Toulouse: the favorites and claws of our special correspondent – Top 14


After ASM's win over the LOU in the Top 14 semi-finals, discover what caught the attention of our special correspondent at Matmut Atlantique.

Special Envoy in Bordeaux


ASM is coming back
The accident thesis was the right one. After a failed season following the Brennus raised in 2017, Clermont has set the pace again. Franck Azéma will therefore bring his players to the Stade de France for the second time in three years. Nobody did better, necessarily, over the period. Now remains to bend the Stade Toulousain, that the Auvergne club has never beaten in four final confrontations (1994, 1999, 2001 and 2008). The opportunity to end once and for all with the curses and other superstitions …

Laidlaw, abutment machine
When ASM recruited Greg Laidlaw, it was decided that cohabitation with Morgan Parra (and his big character) was going to be complicated. In the end, things went well between the two international numbers. Better, Morgan Parra being on the flank (touched with the ankle), the Jaunards take full advantage of the experience of the Scots. Sunday, Matmut Atlantique, the former Gloucester da player made a solid box at the foot: 16 points, 6/6. And the most impressive is that Laidlaw remained, before this half, on 11 successful kicks in a row. He investigated six more. Impressive.

A poison named Gill
The supporters of RC Toulon have long regretted his departure in 2017. Today, the flanker is the heyday of the LOU. And Sunday, he was one of the few Lyonnais to stand out against Clermont. The slaughter of the Australian is huge. Tacker, scraper, he also stands in the game. In the image of the test he scored quickly (10th), being at the beginning of the action, the one against Camille Lopez. He came out early, in the 50 minute, and this real "crazy dog", always at the four corners of the field, missed the Rhodaniens.


The LOU still too soft
Lyon is a club that now counts in the French rugby landscape. The only survivor of the last box last year, the Rhone club failed this year again to cross the semifinals. Pierre Mignoni's team, third in the regular season, was too undisciplined to compete. In melee alone, a key sector if any, the Lyonnais have been penalized six times. Asked after the match, the captain Julien Puricelli advance that his team still progesser compared to last year when she had been swept uninvited Montpellier. There, the LOU did not take the tide. But, again, he paid to learn.

Too many posts for Lyon
While the Clermont scrum half, Greg Laidlaw, achieved a formidable faultless against the percussions, the Lyon scorers have left too much ammunition en route. The funny thing is that they touched the poles three times during their attempts to kick. Twice for Jonathan Wisniewsk, once for Jean-Marc Doussain. Rather rare at this level of the competition. And very damaging …

Raka misses start of match
A complicated start … Alivereti Raka missed his opening match against Lyon. Particularly targeted by the game at the foot of Lyonnais, winger Clermont has multiplied the mistakes of hand and placement. Less decisive lately, Raka suffered at the beginning of the meeting against the LOU before raising the bar. In particular delivering a pass after contact on the test Damian Penaud, who left the ASM. And by marking in turn at the end. He also multiplied the charges, put Alxis Palisson KO on one of them. In the end, the result is positive. But these diet cuts could be expensive in the final …

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