Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Top 14 champions Toulouse outgunned rivals Perpignan on the weekend to head to the top of the table with a 30-20 victory that was more convincing than the score line indicates.
While Perpignan waits in anticipation of the grand arrival on the playing field of Kiwi Dan Carter , it was fellow All Black Byron Kelleher who once again showed that hes in the form of his life.
Kelleher again crossed for a try, but more importantly he ignited a Toulouse side that ultimately had too much strength and depth, despite a valiant fight back from the visitors.
Keeping with the trend of us discussing foreign players in the Top 14, weve got this nice tackle for you from South African Shaun Sowerby on prop Sebastien Chobet.
Chobet was on the receiving end of the solid hit from the bulky Toulouse Eighthman Sowerby, who has developed into a top class player since leaving the Sharks in South Africa a few seasons back.
Although he was a star in Durban, Sowerby was never quite good enough to make the step up consistently for the Springboks, but has since proved his worth over in France.
Sowerby had some help from his flank, so it was a bit of a gang tackle, but looked good nevertheless. The reaction from the French commentators, as always, makes it even more enjoyable to watch.
Note: While our knowledge of big, bald props isn't perhaps as good as it should be, we originally thought this was Perry Freshwater who got tackled, not Chobet, so we apologise if there was any confusion caused.
Byron Kelleher 60m sprint for a great try vs Biarritz
Daniel Carter signs with Perpignan in France