After a tight start to the match, Toulouse made the difference in the second period against the Sale Sharks to sign a second victory in two Champions Cup days (45-19). The Toulouse club also saw Thomas Ramos receive a red card at the very end of the match.
After a complicated Saturday, Toulouse took up the gauntlet for French clubs in the Champions Cup. After bringing back a short success from Munster, Ugo Mola’s players offered their supporters an offensive demonstration when they received Sale Sharks. But the English formation first cooled Toulouse’s enthusiasm with a try from the 2nd minute. Taking advantage of an approximation from Thomas Ramos on receiving a kick, Bevan Rodd was able to extend the ball at the foot to go alone on the test, easily transformed by Robert du Preez. The reply from Stade Toulousain was immediate. After having provoked a forward of the Sharks on the dismissal, it was on a scrum that the Haut-Garonnais sent the game. At the end of a long sequence, Thibaud Flament forced the passage under the posts to put back both teams tied. Playing against the wind in the first period, the Toulousains left aside the game on foot and it was on a touch at five meters that they took the upper hand. Shortly after the quarter of an hour, a carried ball put the Sale defense on the back foot and Cyril Baille took advantage of it to flatten a try validated by the video.
Toulouse and Dupont entertained
In the following 120 seconds, Antoine Dupont came out of his box to add to the bill. After a long comeback from Dimitri Delibes then a combination with Pita Ahki and Lucas Tauzin, the international scrum half was served on a set. The Sharks then lost Armand van der Merwe for ten minutes following a tackle with reversal on Thomas Ramos but Toulouse failed to take advantage of this numerical superiority. Barely back on the lawn, the hooker from Sale concluded the first act with a consecutive try at a ball carried smoothly led. But if Ugo Mola’s players were hooked in the first period, they put on the warm-up blue in the second. On the first action, Lucas Tauzin played on foot for Thomas Ramos. However, when flattening, the Toulouse back was tackled without the ball by Byron McGuigan. The double penalty was immediate with a yellow card for the Sharks winger and a penalty try for Toulouse, that of the offensive bonus. At one less, Sale immediately suffered the game and it was on an 80-meter ball comeback that Antoine Dupont added to the score. Indeed, after a game at the foot of Thomas Ramos, the scrum half was the first on the ball to flatten in extremis.
Ramos, the red stain
On the hour mark, Lucas Tauzin consolidated the ascendancy taken by the Rouge-et-Noir with a corner try. At the start of the last quarter of an hour, the Sharks received a third yellow card, this time for Tom O’Flaherty, guilty of a voluntary forward. A numerical inferiority which only lasted five minutes, the time for Charlie Faumuina to pay for the accumulation of faults on his team. Romain Ntamack, however, was able to get Ernest-Wallon’s audience to stand up five minutes from the siren, playing the Sharks defense after a pass from Lucas Tauzin. The end of the match was then tense and marked by several refereeing decisions. After a loss of the English ball at the gates of the in-goal, Martin Page-Relo revived then shifted Matthis Lebel for a last try… which was finally canceled. Indeed, after video review, the referees detected a header from Thomas Ramos, who was immediately sent off and could be suspended for several weeks. Then recovering the ball in a favorable position, the Sharks improved a carried ball with Jonny Hill who was able to flatten on the line. Incidents that did not change the destiny of the match with Toulouse, which clearly won and with the offensive bonus (45-19), which allowed the Stade to join La Rochelle at the top of Pool B.