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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Mathieu Bastareaud charges through lock Alexandre Flanquart

Toulon suffered a heavy defeat to Stade Francais in round 13 of the Top 14 as their star studded side went down 23-0 at the Stade Jean-Boiun stadium. One positive for the visitors was the form of Mathieu Bastareaud, who made this huge charge early on.

Two second half tries and the boot of Julien Dupuy helped Stade Francais to a well deserved win over Toulon, who had many stars in the first fifteen, but were missing key man Jonny Wilkinson.

It was actually in the flyhalf channel that they conceded one of the Stade tries, as talented number ten Jules Plisson cruised straight through a fairly feeble tackle attempt by Frederic Michalak. 

With Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell starting for the visitors, Toulon weren't without attacking threats but failed to create anything of note in what was a fairly dour affair.

One highlight was this big run by the incredibly powerful Bastareaud, who returned from Test duty with France to throw his weight around in the midfield. He showed that he's not only a bit of a wreckingball, but also has quick feet and isn't too bad on defence either.

This particular run ended badly for lock Alexandre Flanquart, who felt the full force of Bastareaud and had to leave the field not too long afterwards, likely due to the knock he received in contact.

Stade Francais scored a late try to add further gloss to the scoreline, as Meyer Bosman kicked a loose ball ahead and Geoffrey Doumayrou picked up the scraps, before replacement flyhalf Morne Steyn slotted the conversion.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has since blamed his team's scrum for the loss, saying it is the worst in the Top 14. It doesn't get any better for them either with the news that former England prop Andrew Sheridan might be forced to retire due to a neck injury.

Posted at 6:04 pm | 9 comments

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cheyanqui December 04, 2013 6:40 pm

Would have preferred to hear the original French commentary:

Bastaroooooooo....
OOH LA LA!

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HugUBB December 04, 2013 6:53 pm

In france we use to call him "BastaRocket" .. ahah

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cheyanqui December 04, 2013 8:15 pm

Would love to hear a compilation of the French Commentator name checking Seabass..

would be 10-15 minutes of nothing but calls of "CHABAAAAALLLL"

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Canadian content December 05, 2013 1:24 pm

J'aime aussi le commentaire francais, but I'd love to just hear someone commentate the game with a little passion, a la Justin Marshall, these guys are just kinda lame.

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ConnachtMan December 05, 2013 2:17 pm

He is one tough Bastareaud!!!

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AV December 05, 2013 4:33 pm

CAUTION SOAP BOX MESSAGE HERE: A head knock is an injury. Commentators need to catch up with science and start realizing that concussions are serious injuries. Rugby doesn't want to end up like the NFL.

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Cheis December 05, 2013 6:21 pm

i'd like to see him play at prop :)

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Jeri December 06, 2013 8:46 am

Is that the most unimpressed commentator or what?

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Juggernauter December 06, 2013 5:54 pm

haha most boring comments ever!

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