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the 09.10.2021 at 11:14 p.m.

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Thanks to Anthony Belleau who scored all the points for his team, the Toulon Rugby club dominated Brive (13-9) yet came to Mayol with ambitions.

With this success without shining, the RCT gives itself a little air in the standings by moving up to 9th place in Top 14.

Toulon was under pressure. Toulon reacted. After two straight losses on the road, RCT has had an eventful week. Bernard Lemaître even had to invite himself to a press conference on Thursday to take stock and deliver his analysis, including charging some of his players.

The president has obviously been heard. Far from being brilliant, his men dominated Brive, which was nevertheless third in the championship before Matchday 6.

Knowing the wounded beast, CAB coach Jeremy Davidson had brought in the big team, determined to give Mayol a blow. But his players were dominated in the occupation of the kicking game and suffered mostly in scrum.

Long tensed like Anthony Belleau who stammered two easy passes and slipped on an easy return kick, the Toulonnais gradually got their hands on the ball. After passing a first penalty, the Toulon opener put in a good number in the opposing 22 meters by getting rid of three players to register the only try of the game (25th), thus rewarding the Var domination.

Patrice Collazo’s men then had the opportunity to drive home the point. On the power play, after Guillaume Galletier received a yellow card for a foul play just before half-time, they wasted new ammunition a few yards from the goal.

After the break, Toulon’s territorial domination was unsuccessful for a long time. And when Belleau finally managed to pass three points, Thomas Laranjeira answered him immediately to register the first Corréziens points and thus stop the Toulon machine.

Despite the entry of the usual starters with Jean-Baptiste Gros or Beka Gigashvili, the RCT had a series of faults and seemed for the first time in the meeting outdated in the commitment. Brivist opener Enzo Hervé did not shake and brought his team back to four points within a quarter of an hour of the siren. The lack of confidence was then read on the faces of the people of the Var who multiplied the errors.

Feverish until the last second, Gabin Villière’s teammates ended up winning the last scrum and winning in pain. The ailments of RCT are therefore far from being cured.

This victory is indeed only one stage in the Toulon recovery, which remains under pressure before welcoming Racing 92 next Saturday. Brive will try his side to remain undefeated at home against La Rochelle.

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