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Toulouse thrash Racing-Métro

04th September 2013 21:55

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Toulouse flanker Thierry Dusautoir R v Racing Metro

Leading the charge: Thierry Dusautoir

Toulouse made light work of Top 14 rivals Racing Métro on Wednesday, claiming a 30-6 bonus-point win at Stade Ernest Wallon.

The result sees Toulouse climb into the leading quartet in the standings while Racing drop to a lowly tenth place after four rounds of the new season.

Off the back of a dominant scrum, les Toulousains outscored their visitors three tries to none and never looked like losing after leading 16-3 at the interval.

In stark contrast to last week's loss to Clermont, the Toulouse pack led the way with hooker Christopher Tolofua playing an influential role both in the set-pieces and in creating the tries.

Some woeful defending from the visitors saw centre Gael Fickou score the first try early on while Luke McAlister's boot ensured Toulouse held a comfortable lead at the break.

Yannick Nyanga's try - thanks to Tolofua's offload - on 53 minutes looked to have secured the result.

The home pack powered over for the bonus-point try late on, with Joe Tekori emerging from the bottom of a pile of bodies to seal a solid night's work.

The two clubs also announced on Wednesday that they will meet in a friendly in Hong Kong in November.

The two Top 14 giants will take part in a training camp from November 4-9 and will play a match on the last day of the tour, minus their international stars.

The tour will take place during the international break in the Top 14 programme, with France due to face New Zealand in Paris on November 9.

"It's the first time that club rugby wil be exported to Asia," said Toulouse president Jean-Rene Bouscatel.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Tries: Fickou, Nyanga, Tekori
Cons: McAlister 3
Pens: McAlister 3
Yellow card: Millo Chlusky

For Racing Métro:
Pens: Wisniewski 2
Yellow card: Ben Arous

Toulouse: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Maxime Medard, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Gregory Lamboley, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Romain Millo Chlusky, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Martinus Jacobus van der Heever, 17 Dorian Aldegheri, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Yannick Nyanga, 20 Sebastien Bezy, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Timoci Matanavou, 23 Yohan Montes.

Racing Métro: 15 Benjamin Dambielle, 14 Virimi Vakatawa, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Camille Gerondeau, 7 Dan Lydiate, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Jone Qovu, 19 Bernard le Roux 20 Laurent Magnaval, 21 Jonathan Sexton, 22 Benjamin Fall, 23 Julien Brugnaut.

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