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Vincent Clerc's incredible try saving tackle on Max Evans

Vincent Clerc's incredible try saving tackle on Max Evans
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Toulouse are through to the French Top 14 final after they beat Castres 24-15 in their semi final meeting last night. Shortly before half time Castres came close to crossing the whitewash, but were held up short by a fantastic try-saving tackle.

Toulouse were reduced to 13 men as they went into the halftime break having lost two to the sin bin. Florian Fritz was the first after a meaty high tackle on winger Marc Andreu.

A few minutes later Castres produced a flowing counter attack from deep within their own half which looked as though it was going to result in a brilliant try for Scotland back Max Evans, but he was denied by a fantastic chase and tackle from Vincent Clerc.

The try was prevented, but unfortunately for Toulouse wing Timoci Matanavou was yellow carded for a professional foul after he came in from the wrong side and picked up the ball.

He didn’t have much option, and the look of bemusement was clear for all to see. The only guy more shocked by what happened would have been Evans, as a few inches were the only difference between a tryless night for his team, and a try of the season contender.

Second semi final

Earlier today Toulon booked their place in the final as a late Jonny Wilkinson penalty sunk Clermont 15-12. Toulouse and Toulon will clash in the final at the Stade de France on Saturday, 9 June.

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18 Comments

  •  kadova
    kadova

    The referee said this was a ruck when he explained the yellow card to the Toulouse player.

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  •  colombes
    colombes

    Great piece of defense from Clerc On the yellow card, it's totally justified as matanavou came back from an offside position. he should have make the 2 necessary steps back behind the ruck and contest the ball. O'driscoll received the same sanction for the same offense during a leinster-toulouse semifinal

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  •  guy
    guy

    I guess things happen to fast to be judged by the ref. Player gets tackled. Supporting player (which he should have passed to on the inside!!!!) joins in, rips and looses the ball but at more or less the same time gets cleared out by the Toulouse nr 12. In real time it looks like a ruck and imho thats how the ref judged it. Personally I can't really blame him because things are just happening so fast at that moment.

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  •  eggman
    eggman

    Maybe the ref judged that a ruck had formed after the fullback was tackled? I'm not entierly sure whether that counts as a ruck already, but at least the ball was grounded there with one player of each team involved..

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  •  smilingdeath
    smilingdeath

    If it's a penalty/yellow card, then given there are four attackers in shot, and no sign of a defender, then why is it not a penalty try?

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  •  reality
    reality

    Actually, you're right, it was knock-on advantage.

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  •  jomaho
    jomaho

    Can a guy who has been held up over the line play the ball back? I thought if someone was held up over the line, play stops and a scrum is called.

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  •  moddeur
    moddeur

    Actually in the Top14 the video ref can comment on anything happening 5m from the try line.

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  •  ithilsul
    ithilsul

    As I was in a noisy bar, I didn't hear the conversation between the referee and the video referee. But when the field referee asks "try or not?" did the video ref only answers this question, or is he the one who points out Matanavou's offside? As far as I know, he can only answer the question he is asked, and only the field ref can then decide the consequences.

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  •  moddeur
    moddeur

    Horrible 2nd semi, I was at the stadium, surrounded with many yellow shirts and a few red ones. Kick, failed dummy, kick, failed dummy, knock on, lost lineout, turn over ... rnnnn zzzzzz rnnnnn zzzzz

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  •  cafnc1
    cafnc1

    evans was the retard actually, if you see the way he passes the ball, it seems like he panics and just wants to get rid of it. he puts it behind teulet's legs, instead of in his hands or just holding to it.

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  •  cafnc1
    cafnc1

    when it's a knock on advantage, if u kick it, it's advantege over. but it was not the case I believe.

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  •  reality
    reality

    Yeah, I was a bit confused as well as to how the referee considered a bad chip ahead as advantage over. That pass as well from Tekori looked very forward; even the commentators were convinced of it. So you don't seem to be at all biased. At least not in this instance.

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  •  reality
    reality

    Is 'The Chicken' a term of affection or is it an insult? Because I don't see how he's a chicken (not the bad kind of chicken anyway).

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  •  fettsack
    fettsack

    Great tackle! The Chicken proves he can also be a great player in defence. It would have been such a nice try from Evans. I think Toulouse didn't deserve to win this game but they surely deserved to get to the final after another superb season. In the other semi, Toulon narrowly beat Clermont in a quite boring game. I surely hope Toulouse will destroy Toulon and punish them for their disgraceful hairstyles.

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  •  iamaj8
    iamaj8

    A ruck had been formed, the ball squirted out and was subsequently picked up by the Toulouse 11 coming in from the wrong side, thus giving away a penalty with the potential for a try to be scored by Castres. Therefore the yellow card

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  •  themull
    themull

    Can somebody clarify for me what the yellow card was for?

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  •  eggman
    eggman

    Fantastic work by Clerk to hold him up like that. Bit of a fail by the full back though, he could've easily taken the ball from Evans and score.. But then again it did happen fairly quickly..

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