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Friday, December 30, 2011

Highlights of Montpellier vs Toulouse, including the cards

Despite New Years Eve approaching rapidly, this weekend the rugby continues up north with action across France, the UK, and Ireland. Here's an extended look at one of the more entertaining Top 14 games from the last round.

Toulouse beat Montpellier 45-25 at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir a week ago as they cemented their spot at the top of the table after scoring early through Maxime Medard. Flyhalf Lionel Beauxis kept the scoreboard ticking over with a total of three dropgoals, despite Montpellier fighting hard to stay in the game.

In fact there was a fair share of fighting, and a handful of yellow cards on top of that. Thibaut Privat was yellow carded for a strike on Toulouse prop Daan Human, which at the time looked fairly innocuous but has resulted in Human being sidelined for roughly a month with a fractured bone near his left eye socket.

"We haven't ruled out the possibility of citing Privat for hitting out needlessly at a player who had only just returned," said Toulouse manager Guy Noves.

William Servat may well be suspended though as he punched Privat later in the game. If he is banned, Toulouse will be thin in that department following Gary Botha's leg break in the same game, so they have signed Georgian international hooker Akvsenti Giorgadze, from Castres.

Below you can view highlights of the match in the first video, and the foul play incidents in the second. It's a Playlist so if you'd rather only watch the incidents, feel free to skip ahead to it.

Posted at 2:40 pm | 8 comments

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T Bone December 30, 2011 6:54 pm

I love french rugby , i really do , fair and square on the pitch

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Geert December 30, 2011 8:49 pm

The rugby is not bad, the attitude is terrible....

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Numero Six December 30, 2011 10:57 pm

i hope all this ham acting doesn't become prevalent in rugby man
that'd be a real travesty.

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D-Matt December 31, 2011 11:01 am

Beauxis scored 28 points against Montpellier, and yesterday he scored 30 points against Bayonne.
He's finally back...

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LND January 01, 2012 2:16 am

I honestly don't think French rugby is very strong right now. I would give complete credit to dogged performances in the world cup but in the HC only Toulouse are dead certs for knock out stages, 6 French clubs are in this competition and 3 of them are bottom of their group!

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ruckinmaul January 01, 2012 4:29 am

beauxis has superb technique of kicking a ball. he is the key to toulouse kicking game. while McAlister is more direct hard hitting flyhalf. complete team i presume!

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maxime January 03, 2012 1:20 pm

LND i think the french teams are exhausted by the league as most teams are extremely competitive and this bring a lack of energy and of interest for the Hcup

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