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Friday, April 25, 2008

Classic Encounters - All the drama from Toulouse vs Clermont

Earlier in the week we showed you Aurelien Rougerie's two great tries against Toulouse. After many requests for full highlights of this classic match though, I've decided to bring out this extended footage of the two French Top 14 giants in action.

Clermont put themselves in pole position to finish top of the French championship by beating second placed Toulouse 23-11 to record their fifth successive victory and send them five points clear of their rivals.

Toulouse had a nightmare day as star winger Vincent Clerc suffered what looked like a serious knee injury in the 67th minute when he slipped while trying to avoid a tackle from Aurelien Rougerie, who picked up the loose ball, kicked ahead and eased over the tryline for his second touchdown of the match.

There are also doubts over France flanker Thierry Dussautoir, who left the field early in the first-half after a collision with Clermont second row forward Jamie Cudmore.

Despite the defeat, powerful Toulouse look certain to make the top four and therefore a place in the play-offs where the leading four teams contest the title.

NOTE: 9:33 mins

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18 Comments:

  • Loved the vid, some agressive tackles, great attacking rugby...
    Its a pitty clerc injured himslef in such a way but still a great match/vid.

    By Anonymous Eric, at April 25, 2008 2:06 pm  

  • first

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 25, 2008 4:05 pm  

  • Great video, Dusautoir's KO is very impressive. Too bad there are too few matches of that level on the Top 14.

    But if all teams improve like Clermont did in the last 2 years (thanks to ex-Crusaders coach Vern Cotter), Top 14 will soon be pretty close to become "Super"..

    By Blogger Olivier, at April 25, 2008 4:40 pm  

  • with all the stars moving across, its becoming pretty "Super" anyway!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 25, 2008 5:47 pm  

  • Great dedication from Dusautoir trying to defend on.

    Your not injured in defence.

    By Anonymous Mike.S, at April 25, 2008 5:53 pm  

  • Amazing game even though im a Toulouse fan.

    Clerc is out for at least 6months...

    Im by the way lucky to go tomorrow to London, Twickenham watch the semi final of the Hcup!

    Go Toulouse!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 25, 2008 6:24 pm  

  • Gotta love the fact that the Clermont supporters gave Clerc a standing ovation on his way out of the stadium,
    This is actual french rugby. Nothing like what goes on in the second division.

    By Anonymous Axel Le Gallo, at April 25, 2008 6:30 pm  

  • Cudmore was all over the place. Good to see Canada represented well in a game like that.

    By Anonymous NJM, at April 25, 2008 7:40 pm  

  • Anyone know what the music at the start is called?

    By Anonymous luis, at April 25, 2008 8:34 pm  

  • Huw, it hasn't actually been deleted - embedded vids from youtube seem to do that every now and then unfortunately. Simply refresh your page and it'll be fine again. :)

    You had me worried there mate!

    The song is from Requiem for a Dream. Dramatic to say the least.

    By Blogger Rugbydump, at April 25, 2008 9:18 pm  

  • what songs this?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2008 12:27 am  

  • Dont mean to be a bitch but he was avoiding a tackle.....wasnt he?

    "Toulouse had a nightmare day as star winger Vincent Clerc suffered what looked like a serious knee injury in the 67th minute when he slipped while trying to tackle Aurelien Rougerie"

    Great video though, thanks RD!

    By Blogger No.7, at April 26, 2008 12:29 am  

  • the song is from the "requiem for a dream" soundtrack.
    Watch, on the second Clermont try, i'd say rougerie drops the ball foward...
    Whatever, any team deserved to win... But Clermont did!!!
    I'm from Toulouse and I wanna say "we lost a battle, but not f war!!!
    ALLEZ TOULOUSE!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2008 1:02 am  

  • i'm aussie and the top 14 looks like an awsome comp i wish i saw more of it from my team the western force in the super 14 but i supose were going all right , i wish i had pay tv so i could watch this comp - and the rest!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 27, 2008 5:35 am  

  • so sad for clerc..
    this match could be the final of top 14

    By Blogger Flooz, at April 27, 2008 11:05 pm  

  • Great game! what bruising defence! ouch!!!

    By Blogger G-unit, at April 28, 2008 5:22 am  

  • What did the ref ask the TMO about?

    Was it that touch call, 2 or 3 passes before the try?

    Are they allowed to do that in the Top 14?

    By Blogger Rawling, at May 10, 2008 7:48 pm  

  • not a game id like to have played in! great agressive play by both sides. great to see clerc back in action now after that AWFUL looking injury

    By Blogger Kevin, at April 03, 2009 9:56 pm  

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