Monday, May 17, 2010
The second semi final of the Top 14 proved to be a real thriller as Toulon and Clermont battled it out for over 100 minutes of rugby as they were deadlocked at fulltime of this classic encounter. If youre yet to hear the score, skip to the video to avoid the spoiler.
There was plenty to get excited about in the rugby world this past weekend, with play-off games taking place in the Magners League, Guinness Premiership, and of course the Top 14. The Super 14 down south also provided its usual helping of entertaining rugby, but it was this match that was probably the game of the weekend as it thrilled from start to finish.
Clermont flyhalf Brock James put the past behind him as he played a huge part in Clermont progressing to their fourth successive Top 14 final as they beat Toulon 35-29 after the game was forced into extra time.
Australian James had almost single-handedly lost his side their Heineken Cup quarter final against Leinster recently, but against Toulon he redeemed himself in stunning fashion as he kept a cool head throughout and landed a superb 55m dropgoal in extra time.
"There was a little bit of luck. I practice drop goals, but from 55 metres, no," he said.
There were so many other great performances on each side in what was an enthralling play-off. The tempo of the game, combined with the raw physicality, gave it that classic Test match feel.
These highlights cover whats possible in only ten minutes, but those who saw the game will know it was one of the all time classics. The winners, Clermont, will play Perpignan in the final on May 29 at the Stade de France.