Thursday Sep 15, 2011 Classic Encounters - Toulouse vs Racing Metro

Classic Encounters - Toulouse vs Racing Metro
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The Rugby World Cup is definitely the biggest thing happening on the world stage at the moment, but try telling that to French Top 14 supporters. They packed out Stade Municipal de Toulouse on the weekend for what turned out to be an absolute classic.

All Black outcast Luke McAlister has started a new chapter in his career with Toulouse, and by all accounts, its going swimmingly. The former Auckland Blues and Sales Sharks player guided his team to a brilliant 41-36 win over Racing Metro, with McAlister himself playing an integral role. He also kicked a 63m penalty.

A personal tally of 21 points and commanding flyhalf play led to Racing Metro’s first defeat of the season. Tries were scored for Toulouse by captain Yannick Nyanga, Clement Pointrenaud, while Yannick Jauzion scored two.

While France are over in New Zealand looking to achieve their best ever World Cup result, a win, there are still a host of the highest quality of players plying their trade in the Top 14. And that’s just the locals.

Nyanga, who himself was outstanding, was full of praise for McAlister, who wasn’t included in an All Blacks squad jam-packed with talented backs. “Luke? He’s a world class player,” Nyanga said.

“At Stade, we’ve always had good fly-halves. We were very good there. He launches our game-plan perfectly and is always moving us forward. It’s always easy to play with a 10 like that,” he added.

Below are extended highlights of the match (playlist), coming to just under 20 minutes in total. 

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  •  guy
    guy

    Wow! Gordon Ramsey coaching Racing Metro... Anywhoooo...great game, great highlights, great French commentary.

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  •  juggernauter
    juggernauter

    Mate I think the back row will be paramount to France against Canada. The Canucks swept Tonga aside with a bloody physical display, and as much a fun of Harinordoquy as I am, I had the nasty feeling against Japan that he's becoming a bit complacient again, leaving the pshisicality kinda aside. Bonnaire, Ouedraogo and Picamoles must be on top of their game to control the rucks and to stop guys like Riordan, Cudmore, O'Toole and van der Merwe from squeezing through the defence. Also, the big centres picked by Livriemont (Mermoz and Marty) sure promises a physical midfield. All in all, I think it's gonna be a cracker, I hope Trinh - Duc plays really well, he's awesome to watch. Oh, and what do you make of Livriemont insisting in picking Traille as a fullback? I think it's time to drop him, the same, for example, as Gordon D'Arcy. Cheers

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  •  donkeyballs4000
    donkeyballs4000

    So many players that could easily be at the world cup. The French are spoilt for talent. Great game.

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  •  frenchie
    frenchie

    yep, Poitrenaud should be in the French team. At around 5:40 in the second half he showed what he can do and offered a great try for his team!

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  •  frenchie
    frenchie

    @ Juggernauter Skrela is out of the WC due an injury, thanks God for the team. Sorry but that guy has been rubbish the whole preparation and the game vs Japan. Lievremont called on Doussain who played scrum half for Toulouse vs Racing Metro. He's young, played the WC under 21 as a fly half which is the position he's been trained at. But i find him slow as a fly half and i don't think he is experienced enough to be thrown into the WC. I think Wisnieszki would have been better (although he seems injured), or Beauxis who has some experience at the international level. Not sure about Fall. He had his chance with the French team but never produced anything really. We're fine there with Clerc, Palisson, Rougerie, Medard. What do you think of France vs. Canada? This French team is beatable, Japan showed that, and the French could be in for a nasty/tight game.

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  •  stefan
    stefan

    Toulouse must be happy with the guys they have NOT going to the world cup! I bet the other top 14 clubs are scratching their heads at the international quality still available in that squad right now. But that's Lievremont for you. Brilliant game, cracking highlights and maybe I should move to the south of France...

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  •  mise
    mise

    u can add Yannick Jauzion to that list Juggernauter!

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Last play of the first half where Toulouse full-back scores a try: I think it's the Racing Metro #8 that slides in and takes him out knee-first. Not deliberately, not malicious but definitely a knee to the head, after the try's already been scored anyway. Sound familiar??

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  •  juggernauter
    juggernauter

    How on earth didn't Livriemont take Wisnieszki, Fall and Poitrenaud to NZ? These kind of stupid mistakes will end their chances in the world cup. I just hope Saint Andre will put the house in order, he's a strong character and I think he'll give the french consistency! By the way, great tries

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    2:22 - worst drop goal attempt ever!

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