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A BAD START TO THE DAY ONLY GETS BETTER.

Le 29 mars 2021

The 20th day of this seasons TOP 14 and the opposition is Championship leaders Toulouse, away from home a colossal feat to say the least, the day started very badly first it was Gaby Ibitoye who declared his withdrawal after returning from injury after a long lay off, then Cobus Reinach only made the match warm up before declaring an injury, this left only Benoit Paillaugue as the only scrum half so Jules Danglot was called up to maybe play his first TOP 14 game against the mighty Toulouse what a debut for this youngster, if anyone had nerves on the park you could excuse this young 18 year old. As often happens things go from bad to worse and Benoit Paillaugue had to leave the park after only 15minuts with a leg injury, thrown into the deep end Jules Danglot, the question everybody was asking this could make or break the youngster.

Well lets just hope his parents and family were glued to the telly because when the final whistle was blown by the referee they will be very proud of their son as he filled the position left to him with ability, confidence and some excellent tackling, and it’s a sure thing this match he will remember for a very long time. What did not help matters for both teams was the last 6 Nations game vs Scotland played the evening before so both Toulouse and Montpellier were missing some serious first team players, but this however does give the chance for others to shine and maybe cement themselves as a regular team pick.

To play against Toulouse you have to compete on the deck for the ball and squeeze out their never stop attacking mode as they are the best team with ball in hand in the Championship, this done stops them from scoring but you still have to get points on the board for a success and their defence is as always not too shabby. The early minutes of the game penalties were swapped between Holmes for the home team and Alex Lozowski plus along distance one from Johan Goosen who was also coming back from a long injury. This brought the score to 6-9 just before half time, and just before the break Alex Becognee went over into the hallowed ground for the first try of the game, Lozowski added the extras and Montpellier went to the break 6-16 to the good and if they kept this performance up to the 80 minuts a very rare and super victory was smacking them in the face, but Toulouse were nowhere down and dead they surely would come back at the visitors they was pride at stake here.

The second half got underway and it was not long before Toulouse scored their first try after a Montpellier clearance kick they attacked with ball in hand and super try from Medard, the extras were missed but that brought Toulouse much closer 11-16, a converted try would give them the lead, much to their dismay it was Montpellier who scored the ball went through several hands before Jan Serfontein took the inside line on the Toulouse 22 and outpaced everyone to go under the sticks, with extras by Alex Lozowski the score was again in Montpellier’s favour 11- 23, the very same Lozowski added another penalty to increase the score to 11-26, this was beginning to look very good for Montpellier, the question was could they hold on? Toulouse did get another try from their winger Lebel who is making a name for himself with some excellent attacking plays the conversion was missed by Holmes, the score moved onto 16-26.

The final nail in the coffin for Toulouse was an Alex Lozowski penalty to take the final score to 16-29 and an excellent victory for the boys. The last few minutes score the young Jules Danglot using his forwards for a secure ball exercise one pass go to ground and start again and again and again, winding down the clock till finally the ball was cleared and the whistle blown. A deserved victory and some outstanding performances from Danglot, Serfontein, Lozowski plus the entire forwards all did their job to the best of their ability, this could be just the victory that will propel the club out of the bottom section of the TOP 14 and leave the dog fighting to Pau and Bayonne.

Steve Whittell.