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Toulouse back at the summit

01st October 2011 20:19

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Clement Poitrenaud

Try-scorer: Clement Poitrenaud

Toulouse returned to the number one spot of the Top 14 thanks to a 22-9 win over Clermont at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday.

The result was never in doubt after the hosts established a 15-3 lead at half-time courtesy of tries to centre Yann David and winger Timoci Matanavouburst in the third and 39th minutes respectively.

Fly-half Luke McAlister converted Matanavou's try and also added a further penalty as Toulouse took control of proceedings.

Clermont pivot Brock James managed a three-pointer in the first half and then slotted two more after the break to reduce Toulouse's lead.

But Toulouse full-back Clement Poitrenaud dampened the visitors' hopes of a comeback after slicing through the Clermont defence for his side's third try. McAlister was once again on target with the extras.

And when Clermont replacement Alexandre Lapandry was sin-binned with seven minutes to go, the visitors were staring defeat in the face.

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