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Ma'a Nonu and Quade Cooper combine for awesome Toulon try vs Castres

Ma'a Nonu and Quade Cooper combine for awesome Toulon try vs Castres
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Toulon beat Castres 17-7 on Sunday, staying on course for the Top 14 playoffs despite having a rough week with injuries. Ma’a Nonu and Josua Tuisova both scored excellent tries, while Quade Cooper had a fairly mixed night, and we saw an uppercut get punished.

The conditions were wet and it wasn’t until just before halftime that points went on the board, as brilliant Toulon winger Tuisova powered through two tackles, including one from former teammate David Smith, then outsprinted the cover.

These days you don’t see many players swinging punches but usually when it does happen, it’s automatic red. So prop Karena Wihongi can count himself fortunate to have only been sin-binned for his cheapshot, even if the connection might not have been huge.

Another twenty minutes into the second half and Wallaby Cooper, who was recently axed by the Australian 7s due to not having had enough time to prove his worth, made a decisive break that led to the Nonu try.

Cooper made one or two errors in the rain early on, but his footwork for the break was key, followed by the perfect line taken by All Black Nonu.

Frederic Michalak came into the team after Matt Giteau was forced out with an abductor strain. The former Test flyhalf converted both tries, but with time almost up he got a little cheeky, trying his hand at a dinky chip, which backfired badly as Castres scored a consolation try.

Toulon are third overall, seven behind leaders Clermont but just one behind Montpellier.

You can see the Cooper/Nonu try below, then full French highlights below that, including sneaky uppercut and electric try by speedster on the wing, Josua Tuisova.

credit: top14official/rugbyvids

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  • stroudos
    5:47 PM 10/05/2016

    Wihongi's schlongi. :)

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  • oldflyhalf
    1:07 PM 10/05/2016

    ...and I thought it that is penalized the gesture "to deliberately hit/punch" an opponent and not the force of the hit/punch. :)

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  • danknapp
    9:05 AM 10/05/2016

    Absolutely. He looks like he's having a good squeeze of Wihongi's schlongi as well, so kinda deserved a punch.

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  • stroudos
    8:35 AM 10/05/2016

    I wonder if anyone can attempt to explain what Michalak might even have been trying to do with that chip kick. The only thing I can come up with is that it was a "kick-pass" to Nonu, who presumably was expected to then catch it and sprint the length of the field. I suppose that's an creative enough play, but surely about 1% chance at best of delivering a better outcome than a simple touchfinder. I'd be happier to see that ball smashed into Row X every time.

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  • stroudos
    8:29 AM 10/05/2016

    On the punch: At first glance this might look like a cheap shot. It is not. Red #3 quite clearly squeezed Wihongi's Crown Jewels. This is the epitome of a dick move and richly deserves retaliation. I think the more significant point here is the Hollywood shit by red #3. Even Rivaldo's theatrics at the 2002 World Cup pale in comparison with this. Honestly, the sight of a tighthead prop writhing on the floor clutching his chin like this makes me feel quite sick.

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  • oldflyhalf
    6:12 PM 09/05/2016

    Nonu, in my opinion, is currently the best second five-eighth, even for the All Blacks.

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  • dancarter
    5:13 PM 09/05/2016

    Referee does Castres a favour by getting in Fernandez Lobbe's way for their try.

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