Rebel, pet pee, Zinzinzelle … Ovale Masqué strips the Toulouse dam – La Rochelle

Good Yamaha, nice West, we won’t spend the day there: you won’t catch me … (© Icon Sport)

Of all the annoying things that come with the professionalization of Rugby in recent years, there is this trend that Channel + must see derby and “Clasico” everywhere. Will you tell me, when the South African franchises joined the The first 14sure that even a Stade Français – Perpignan will look like a derby.

But if there is a poster that is about to become a classic of our beautiful championship, it is undoubtedly the one that is opposed to Toulouse Stadium to Rochelais Stadium. A “turboboular” between the two teams that have dominated French and European rugby for two years, who always offer us particularly busy and fierce matches. We are never disappointed in a Toulouse – La Rochelle. Well, except when you support La Rochelle.

The face of a La Rochelle fan when he discovers he will play for Toulouse.
The face of a La Rochelle fan when he discovers he will play for Toulouse. (© Canale +)

It has been said and repeated, the Maritimes seem to have a small inferiority complex towards the Rouge et Noir, who hadn’t beaten since 2018. An era in which the word “COVID” was never heard and where the Gialloneri played with a zipper Balès-Sinzelle, which tells you how far it is. But everything has changed since then. The Rochelais have won a title and can now also show off by putting a big star on their shirt. This will be enough to finally collapse theirs … come on me too, I put “pet peeve” in a piece of paper like that, maybe I will finally be considered a real sports journalist.

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The movie of the game

When we prepare a trip to the Basque Country, we always live in anguish, we ask ourselves “will the weather be nice? “. As we prepare for a final match in La Rochelle, another question haunts us:” Will Yamaha West have a good day? “After his flawless against goalposts in the European Cup final, one could fear that the wheel of fortune fell on the box of the “mental crash.” And unfortunately this is true from the start of the game. After taking control of the first scrum, the Gialloneri recover a penalty against the posts. Unfortunately for them, the Maoroux miss the In the process, find a direct touch.

And if Toulouse - La Rochelle, was above all the derby of the supermen of Gers?
And if Toulouse – La Rochelle were above all the derby of the supermen of the Gers? (© Canale +)

A delicate start to the race, therefore. But even from Toulouse we make mistakes. In particular Antoine Dupont, he disturbed his exits with the ball and pushed himself forward. Like a few weeks ago against Leinster, where he was silenced by an aggressive Irish defense. What if the opposing teams finally found the save to counter the best player in the world? And what if Dupont wasn’t a little overrated?

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The beginning of the end of the hype, of course.
The beginning of the end of the hype, of course. (© Canale +)

In general, as soon as we start asking this question, he responds by giving us a big finger and crossing the field. New illustration here: after a superb pass from Peato Mauvaka, the No. 9 snatches La Rochelle’s defense, taps to follow alone and manages to retrieve the ball with a small success, as even the rebounds have Antoine Dupont’s posters in the their room. If he’s stopped right in front of the line, the ball goes out fast, and it’s Pierre Fouyssac who finishes on a good old family pick and go. 7-0.

It generally seems like the kind of combination that never works in practice, but the miracle happens in the game.
It generally seems like the kind of combination that never works in practice, but the miracle happens in matches. (© Canale +)

Within seconds the Rochelais understood that Antoine Dupont was as inevitable as global warming, plus they took a try from Pierre Fouyssac, the only Rouge et Noir player who doesn’t eat free at the Toulouse restaurant because we never recognize him. And this nightmarish start to the match will continue as the European champions become the first team in rugby history to be holed up by Rory Arnold. The Australian second line holes as Brian O’Driscoll, then passes as David Marty.

Dupont called to him, shouting
Dupont called to him, shouting “Hey Arnold!”? (© Canale +)

He’s not very graceful, but he’s not forward and obviously fucking Antoine Dupont is in support. The line is still a long way off and the defenders are still there. Fuck yourself. Dupont maneuvers Anaconda West like a rebel would maneuver a socialist by promising him a constituency. A shot to the right, a shot to the left, and it ends up on goal. Necessarily.

The moment he takes the ball, Dupont knows he will score.  The moment he sees him coming, West knows he has no chance.
The moment he takes the ball, Dupont knows he will score. The moment he sees him coming, West knows he has no chance. (© Canale +)

12-0. So soon 15-0 after a foolish foul by Skelton that allows Ramos to widen the gap. The Francofoufous play the other way around, like Sinzelle trying to eject by hand under the goalposts, a nonsense that never works, except when Thomas Ramos does it.

Zinzinzelle.
Zinzinzelle. (© Canale +)

One wonders if the Rochelais still have a hangover after the European title. And we know that the first hangover is always the worst.

When we tell you that yes, it was you who danced at the bar with your underwear on in this Instagram story.
When we tell you yes, it was you dancing at the bar with your underwear on in this Instagram story. (© Canale +)

But as the minutes pass, fans of sailing on the sand begin to calm down and return to what is still the basis of their game: Breaking the Mouth. After a Toulouse foul, they go on a penalty kick and hit the goal line. Without having to force too much, Liebenberg finds the fault, 15-7. But the Toulousains give the impression of being able to accelerate as soon as they feel like it, and two new offensives end with two penalties from Ramos, which allow his team to return to the locker room with a comfortable advantage. 21-7. We clearly feel more freshness from the Rossoneri, in the belief that skipping the European Cup final will have been the right strategic choice.

The intermission allows us to see that Florian Fritz now looks like the protagonist of an accused next Bring in the.
The intermission allows us to see that Florian Fritz now looks like the protagonist of an accused next Bring in the. (© Canale +)

The second period starts at a slower pace, with a lot of clumsiness on both sides. But after a good quarter of an hour of rugby throwing up, it’s the Rochelais who rebel. Once again simplicity pays off: penalty, ball brought within 22m. It is not conclusive, the referee orders a scrum. This time, Alldritt is on the line and, facing the number 8 of the national team, Toulouse’s defense is as solid and consistent as the republican barrage of La République en Marche. 21-14the game restarts.

Ntamack's wick was less passive than he was in action.
Ntamack’s wick was less passive than he was in action. (© Canale +)

But is it really? Tonight we feel Toulouse full of control, almost untouchable. The proof: Fouyssac was used for something and Elstadt released his first good match in two years. All the more positive that with François Cros out due to injury, we have to recover the role of the boy who never smiles and scores 25 tackles in 80 minutes.

Season over, Ronan in the garage.
Season over, Ronan in the garage. (© Canale +)

Once again Ugo Mola’s men reinvest the field of European champions. Ramos activates endgame mode and remembers being unplayable in knockout matches. Juan-Cruz Mallia remembers that he loves to break Rochelais’ heart. He passes at the foot of the first, the second resists several defenders to score: 26-14.

Did you know ?  Juan-Cruz Mallia is the name that makes La Rochelais cry the most, right after
Did you know ? Juan-Cruz Mallia is the name that makes La Rochelais cry the most, right after “Gabriel Lacroix”. (© Canale +)

We believe he is dead to the Rochelais, an impression that will be confirmed seconds later when the Rouge et Noir activate another of their special moves: the stealthy Ntamack. Until then, no one was aware that he was playing this game. Yet, after an excellent three-quarters center work by Selevasio Tolofua, the Grandisse Méchu is in support to go and give the last cannon shot that will sink the La Rochelle ship, 33-14.

Let's remember that we have so many good players on the French squad that Tolofua is still stuck at 1 selection.
Let’s remember that we have so many good players on the French squad that Tolofua is still stuck at 1 selection. (© Canale +)

We find the Big Bad Stade Toulousain that seems to be able to score any goal without effort, where the others break their asses for long minutes to be able to scratch three points.

Come on, don't be too mad, there's at least one guy from Stade Toulousain who got a fight this weekend.
Come on, don’t be too mad, there’s at least one guy from Stade Toulousain who got a fight this weekend. (© Canale +)

The Rouge et Noir themselves must say to themselves “damn, we’re still fine” since their turboboulard starts to swell again at the end of the match, where the Rochelais will find a way to score two anecdotal goals to finish at 33-28, a score a little more worthy of a European champion.

I still put the last one for Botia's mad cheering.
I still put the last one for Botia’s mad cheering. (© Canale +)

The great adventure in La Rochelle is therefore coming to an end, and the rugby season gives way to that of Fort Boyard. Farewell to Pierre Bourgarit’s biceps, hello to Olivier Minne’s big pecs. The Toulousains still have a chance to make the hat-trick and piss the rest of France for another year. For this reason, Castres Olympique should first be dismissed, the famous “thumb” of Aveyron, which Ugo Mola will present to us for a week as the equal of the Crusaders.

He has definitely completed his metamorphosis into Guy Nouveau.
He has definitely completed his metamorphosis into Guy Nouveau. (© Canale +)

We feel great potential for a game of poets, we can’t wait for next week!

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