The Top 14 adventure ends there

The Top 14 adventure ends there
The Top 14 adventure ends there

A semi-final, a reunion against Stade Toulousain, a match for a ticket to the final, and returning to the Vélodrome… This is what awaited our Rochelais this Friday at 8:15 p.m.

And we felt from the start that this confrontation was different and that each of the small errors made by the teams would be paid for in cash. And unfortunately, it was the Rochelais who conceded the first points after a clearance error (3-0, 3′). But the debates remained balanced and the first maritime opportunity presented itself with a touch in their favor, in the 22 Toulouse. The whole pack, accompanied by a few three-quarters, made the difference and Tolu Latu came to conclude an action full of power (3-5, 12′). Antoine Hastoy transformed and the Maritimes took the lead (3-7, 13′).

Then, the Yellow and Black managed to put the Haut-Garonnais at fault, which allowed Antoine Hastoy to add three points (3-10, 19′). But as we said above, the teams surrendered blow for blow and this time it was the Rochelais who were at fault. Jack Nowell even received a yellow card. Outnumbered, the Rochelais conceded their first try through Blair Kinghorn, transformed by Thomas Ramos (10-10, 24′). Despite La Rochelle’s efforts, the numerical superiority of the Toulouse team gave them space on the wings and this time it was the Argentinian winger, Juan Cruz Mallíawhich scored another try (15-10, 31′).

But once back to XV against XV, the Maritimes resumed their domination, in particular in front, and pushed the Toulouse residents to make mistakes until they saw Jack Willis go out for 10 minutes. At that moment, the La Rochelle number 10 gave his team the advantage again (15-13, 34′), before giving ammunition back to his forwards with a touch on their 5 meters. And this time, Gregory Alldritt picked up the ball and scored a saving try before the break, converted by Antoine Hastoy (15-20, 40′).

Upon returning from the locker room, the match resumed with palpable tension and as proof, both teams were on the edge in every action. Unfortunately, it is Win Anthony who performed the wrong action and came to tackle irregularly Thibaud Flament. The La Rochelle pillar was penalized with a red card. The Rochelais were going to have to finish the match at 14. And in the same way as during the first act, the Toulouse residents were going to punish the first Rochelais error. Antoine Dupont left sideways and sent Juan Cruz Mallía again on trial (22-20, 50′). Two minutes later, Brice Dulin was opposed by Santiago Chocobares and the Argentinian center was going to flatten in the middle of the posts (27-20, 52′). Thomas Ramos transformed (29-20, 52′).

Back in the opposing 22, the Rochelais dominated in the scrum but in a confrontation, the Toulouse however obtained a penalty in their favor. And under the little provocations of Julien Marchand, Reda Wardi was guilty of an angry gesture, which saw him receive a red card and Julien Marchand receive a yellow card. The Rochelais were now playing at 13. To revive his team, Antoine Hastoy, at 100% this evening, passed a new penalty (29-23, 63′).

Behind the game it was sterilized with Toulouse who controlled their advances. Thomas Ramos, passed a vital penalty eight minutes from the end of the match (32-23, 72′). At 13 for many minutes, Romain Ntamack played at the foot and found for Mathis Lebel who came to flatten a last try (37-23, 80′). Thomas Ramos transformed and finished the game (39-23, 80′).

The Rochelais have nothing to be ashamed of their journey but the adventure ends here in the Top 14. Thank you for this season. Friends supporters, we’ll see each other again soon to share new emotions. Together.

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