Toulouse beat Clermont to close in on Top 14 semis

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Antoine Dupont. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Antoine Dupont. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Newly crowned European champions Toulouse took a big step towards the Top 14 semi-finals with a 36-27 win against Clermont on Saturday.

Tries from Selevasio Tolofua, Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack and a haul of five penalties proved decisive for Toulouse.

Clermont scored four tries through Damian Penaud, Etienne Fourcade, Sipili Falatea and Peceli Yato but were powerless to prevent Toulouse pulling away in the final stages in southwest France.

With just one weekend of the regular season left to play, Toulouse retain top spot in the table but are equal on 77 points with La Rochelle, the team they beat in the European Cup final in Twickenham last week.

La Rochelle bounced back from that defeat to thrash Pau 51-27 earlier on Saturday.

Toulouse's defence coach Laurent Thuery said: "If you'd told me before the game we'd get four points against Clermont a week after winning the European Cup, I'd have taken it."

Toulouse visit Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday in their final fixture of the regular season.

"We are going to need a great performance to get the point we need to book a semi-final, and we don't want to have to rely on anyone else," Thuery said.

In Friday's action, Joris Segonds booted 26 points to help Stade Francais to a 46-27 victory over Lyon to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Stade's fifth consecutive Top 14 win left the club from the capital in seventh place, equal on 66 points with Toulon in the battle for the last play-off place that is awarded to the team in sixth.

Bordeaux-Begles are fourth and have secured a place in the playoffs despite a 25-19 defeat at Toulon.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Having lost the first Test against the British & Irish Lions, can the Springboks recover to win the series?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, they will win the series 2-1. Go Bokke!
52% - 2794 votes
The Boks will win a Test, but will lose the series 2-1.
29% - 1549 votes
It's not looking good. A 3-0 whitewash is on the cards.
19% - 986 votes