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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Maxime Medard and Louis Picamoles tear Lyon apart

Toulouse gave Lyon a 51-10 hiding on Saturday as they ran in six tries and consolidated their position at the top of the French Top 14 table. Here's a quick look at two of the better tries that they scored, with Maxime Medard playing a part in both. 

On Monday French Test player Medard extended his contract with Toulouse until June 2015. He has played for the French champions for eight seasons already, including 122 domestic games and 36 European Cup matches. The fullback has scored 59 tries, including the two he crossed for in this game against Lyon.

At only 25 years old he still has a very healthy career ahead of him, and will no doubt score, and set up, many more wonderful tries. As you can see in the below video, he played a part in the Yves Donguy that was mainly created through the barnstorming run of replacement Louis Picamoles.

The big number eight is one of the hardest running loose forwards in the game and usually bumps off defenders with ease, and on this occasion there was a hint of Lomu-Kronfeld about the way he went so close to the line then offloaded for Donguy to score it.

The second try in this clip doesn't show the great build-up work unfortunately, but there was some neat passing and then a nice finish from Medard as he stepped the fullback. You can view a short summary of the entire game, with music and more tries, on the Stade Toulouse website here.

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