In a thrilling weekend of rugby, Toulon emerged victorious against Clermont while Montpellier suffered another defeat. Oyonnax delivered a stunning blow to LOU, and Bayonne put an end to Pau’s winning streak.
Alun Wyn Jones Bows Out
Even if Toulon had lost to Clermont, Alun Wyn Jones would still have been among the top performers. However, this highly anticipated match, with Toulon’s narrow victory in Auvergne (27-30), did not overshadow Jones’ farewell to the rugby fields. The legendary second row delivered an outstanding performance in his final game, starting with an impressive offload after contact and finishing with twelve tackles. With 172 caps for Wales (an international record), he has won three Grand Slams and participated in four World Cups. Upon his exit, he received a well-deserved standing ovation from the Marcel-Michelin stadium.
Toulon King of Suspense in Clermont
This match not only marked the end of a sporting legend’s career but also showcased an exceptional display of rugby at the Marcel-Michelin stadium. Throughout the game, the teams led by Urios and Mignoni engaged in a thrilling battle, keeping the spectators on the edge of their seats until the very end. Toulon regained the lead in the 79th minute thanks to a brilliant kick from Serin to Wainiqolo. Despite the Auvergne supporters’ unwavering support and numerous charges from Raka, Clermont failed to regain the lead in the final moments. The victory brought joy to Toulon, who continue their winning streak after defeating Racing last week.
Oyonnax Invincible on Home Turf
Once again this season, Oyonnax proved their strength by defeating a supposedly stronger team at home. After victories against La Rochelle and Toulouse, they imposed their dominance on LOU at the Charles-Mathon stadium (38-20). With Millet’s brace and Miotti’s accurate kicking, Oyonnax had a commanding first half. They finished the match strongly, securing a bonus point with a try from Bettencourt just before the final whistle.
Montpellier in Crisis
A year and a half ago, Montpellier celebrated their victory in the Top 14 final against Castres. Today, the club finds itself at the bottom of the standings, enduring a disastrous six-match losing streak. In a crucial match against Perpignan, Montpellier started well with a try from Tisseron (16th minute). However, in front of a passionate Catalan crowd, USAP scored two tries, including a late one in the final ten minutes of the game (23-16). This defeat leaves Montpellier in last place and puts their coaching staff under immense pressure.