Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Bayonne upset league leaders Toulouse in Spain as they came out 19-13 winners in their Top 14 meeting in San Sebastien on Saturday. Toulouse managed to sneak a late bonus point though, which keeps them three points clear at the top of the table.
Vincent Clerc scored his sixth try of the season right at the end of the game, giving Toulouse something to smile about, despite the disappointing loss.
Bayonne wing Yoann Huget had earlier scored a try after intercepting a Yannick Jauzion pass, with France teammate Clerc having no price on catching him in that position. Benjamin Boyet converted, adding to his and Cedric Garcias earlier penalties, taking Bayonne into a 16-3 lead at the break.
Toulouse had their chances to get back into the game but had troubles with goal-kickers, trying out David Skrela and Frederic Michalak, then eventually settling on Nicolas Bezy.
Toulouse did play some excellent rugby, but failed to convert on their chances. Bayonne hung in for the win though, taking their opportunities and ultimately punishing the visitors, despite their late try that earned them the crucial losing bonus point.
There was some great play, so even though many points weren't scored, this is an enjoyable highlights video to watch. We'll have more from the Top 14 soon.