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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jerome Porical kicks Perpignan into the Top 14 final

Jerome Porical kicks Perpignan into the Top 14 final

Perpignan knocked Toulouse out of the Top 14 with a 21-13 victory over their French rivals in the semi final in Montpelier on Friday. Jerome Porical kicked all 21 points as they progressed to the final, where they will face Clermont, who beat Toulon yesterday.

Toulouse had hoped to get a rare double by winning both the Top 14 and Heineken Cup, but thats not possible now so theyll throw everything into that final next weekend.

They did get off to a good start though, with scrumhalf Nicolas Bezy scoring early on thanks to a typically Toulouse counterattack and classy interplay. They were also up 13-9 at halftime, with two other penalties againt the three from Porical.

The defending champions Perpignan took control in the second half though with fullback Porical kicking four penalties to place them out of reach and into the final.

There was a bit of a scuffle in the second half, with Toulouse wing Vilimoni Delasau making an accusation of eye-gouging, one that is taken very seriously these days. We'll wait to see if anything develops from that.

Coach Jacques Brunel was delighted with the win, saying it was hard work getting there, but that his side couldnt wait to face Toulouse. "We knew this would be very, very tight from the start.

"Even when we were four points down at half-time, we knew there was still everything to play for. We are in the final again, but I don't know whether we are stronger than last year.

"We want to defend our title, but we know it'll be very difficult," he added.

Time: 06:24

Posted at 12:30 pm | 32 comments

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rosh May 16, 2010 11:09 am

first yes

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 11:10 am

i hate the commentator

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rosh May 16, 2010 11:11 am

whats the name of the main commentator, he is so annoying

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Greiffel May 16, 2010 11:13 am

Robbie Nock. A tad bit annoying

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Kearney for tests May 16, 2010 11:40 am

^ I love him, and the way the other commentator just interrupts him and speaks over him all the time. I always find it entertaining.

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 12:02 pm

the other semi was fantastic, Clermont - Toulon nice 100minutes game, intense !

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124CG May 16, 2010 12:02 pm

Looked like a good game a rugby but the commentators made me want to stick rusty needles into my ears

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Beatrootz May 16, 2010 12:03 pm

Seemed like a very good game...despite perpignan not scoring any tries...

Funny how both commentators were pronouncing tuilagi's name differently.

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 12:16 pm

Enormous try for toulouse, the only thing that i will remember from this game :( (i'm for toulouse)

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trenchtownrock May 16, 2010 12:40 pm

anyone know why i can't watch the videos on here?

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 2:03 pm

Can't stand the main commentator. Took me a while to work out who Twee-lagi was. Moron.

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Ohha May 16, 2010 3:37 pm

What's up with Elisalde, Kelleher and Michalak?

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 3:57 pm

Elisalde and Michalak ar injured,
Kelleher is resting for the final vs Biarrits next week

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Ulf May 16, 2010 5:21 pm

Skrela, even though he might have been motivated in making his conversion easier, shows class while passing the ball to the scrumhalf who basically never plays cause he is a substitute for Kelleher or Elissalde.

It is the first time I've seen him on the pitch (and thought he had quite a good game) and he gets to score a try in a semi-final.

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jpm May 16, 2010 6:55 pm

The Toulouse No. 14 is claiming he was eye gouged....I didn't see it.

Also, it seemed from the replay that the No. 14 just got bumped in the back and turned around and attached the prop.

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cheyanqui May 16, 2010 6:56 pm

anyone been watching these French matches on tv5 in the USA?

I tried taping this one, but it didn't tape. Same thing happened last weekend with Heineken Cup.

The saturday SF (Clermont v Toulon) did tape though.

Wondering if it's a tv5monde rights issue, or if my cable company is yet again useless.

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Anonymous May 16, 2010 10:12 pm

ULF, the scrumhalf you do not know is BEZY, 20 years old, he normally plays in the younger leagues.

CHEYANQUI, do not bother, you got the best of the 2 SF, TOULON/CLERMONT is a cracker.

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mise May 16, 2010 11:42 pm

resting their scrum half?!? WTF were toulouse at?

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Anonymous May 17, 2010 12:25 am

Who employed that chimp Nock to be the commentator??

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(u-p)rick May 17, 2010 12:36 am

Personally i think both the commentators sound like cocks....

Is it just me or has french club rugby been such a let down of late...

....what happened to the old french teams...where you could guarantee an almighty scrap, it was 'tres' entertaining!

In all seriousness though, there was some awesome rugby there!!!

I didnt see any eye gouge going on, does anyone else feel that false claims should be heavily penalised? fines...bans.. etc...

i mean, attoub (im not trying to open a can of worms) gouged, and he gouged BAD, so he got a hefty hefty ban, which personally i feel was deserved (just as eye gouges should be banned heavily!) so the fact he loses earnings, reputation etc etc means that to accuse someone is outrageous if it is untrue.....

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Anonymous May 17, 2010 1:01 am

i hate the commentator TOO!

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Anonymous May 17, 2010 2:12 am

Robbie Nock reminds me of the annoying British guy from L'Auberge Espagnole.

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Beatrootz May 17, 2010 8:36 am

(u-p)rick, if you wanna see a scrap, check out last weekends Highlanders vs Reds Game... it was a cracker!!!!

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Jackson May 17, 2010 9:04 am

Ulf said... Skrela, even though he might have been motivated in making his conversion easier, shows class while passing the ball to the scrumhalf.

Common sense really in that it was the difference between maybe only 5 and a certain 7. However he did telegraph the pass a bit and it wasn't that far off being intercepted .. now that would've been embarrassing.

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Frenchy May 17, 2010 10:02 am

Clermont vs. Toulon was a much better game but I was a bit disappointed by the semis overall. The defences took the best of the games, intense rugby but sterile rugby for most of the time. Clermont is the team who plays the most and hopefully will win this time!

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Anonymous May 17, 2010 10:25 am

Perpignan doesn't deserve to win, they don't even play! Plus, there is an high tackle on picamoles at the end.

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(u-p)rick May 17, 2010 2:06 pm

Lol, nice little scuffle there, but the commentator 'potential eye gouge' .......cowan just tried to rip 5's scrumcap off by the looks of things!!!

Saw a very funny link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZJTcexbOEc
check it out!

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Ulf May 17, 2010 2:31 pm

@Jackson :

Not common sense IMO. Skrela had to choose between a sure 5 point (he could easily dive across the line) and a potential knock-on due to Bezy beeing too eager to score : )

yet everything went well, plus they get to score this try quite easily, which is hard for your opponnents motivation. (the try is so easy, at this point in the game, I thought Toulouse would crush Perpignan)

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Maximus May 17, 2010 5:32 pm

Had Toulouse played more open field and kicked less, I think they would have won. Too many up-and-unders imo, as Novs thought (during the match you could see him show his players to stop kicking). Perpignan had much more difficulty stopping Toulouse when they played their usual game (i.e. passing).
I like Perpignan but I'd like to see Clermont win, it'd be their first Brennus in 4 (?) finals. If Toulouse could win the HCup and Toulon the European Challenge, everybody would be happy. In France I mean. Except Perpignan of course.

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Joost May 17, 2010 9:12 pm

People who say that rugby union is struggling should take a trip to France.

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Jackson May 18, 2010 12:29 am

Ulf said... @Jackson :
Not common sense IMO. Skrela had to choose between a sure 5 point (he could easily dive across the line) and a potential knock-on due to Bezy beeing too eager to score : )

I take your point Ulf .. but the truth is that in my day I would've taken on the cover, run around him and under the posts and kicked the bloody conversion and given someone a bit of cheek on the way back to the halfway just for a laugh .. well that's my story anyway.

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Anonymous May 18, 2010 7:29 pm

Jackson, i guess its a case of being 100% guaranteed or 60% ...etc...

i guess skrela knew it would be under the posts, whereas if he'd run round he might not have made it etc....so i guess its safety....

but it did look a bit weak!

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