Unpacking ANOTHER Antoine Dupont masterclass as Toulouse extend their Top 14 record

Dylan Coetzee
Toulouse captain Antoine Dupont.

Toulouse captain Antoine Dupont.

Another final and another blockbuster performance from serial winner Antoine Dupont, who underlined his status as one of the world’s most dangerous players.

Toulouse defended their Top 14 crown, winning the competition for a record-extending 23rd time as they dispatched Bordeaux 59-3 in a blowout final. The decorated side has now won nine more league titles than the next-best team.

Man of the moment… again

As one might have expected the evergreen superstar Dupont had his fingerprints all over the win, scoring two tries and assisting another. If there were a pass-to-assist stats category he would also feature heavily.

It was only six minutes in when a snipe from Dupont got his team on the board as he picked a clever spot to find his way over in typical scrum-half fashion.

That was not even close to his best moment which came after the 20th minute in a lovely set play off a maul. A couple cleverly interchanged passes opened up a tiny pocket for Dupont to run into. The Frenchman was well covered with a defender right in front of him but Dupont effortlessly chipped the ball over and collected it without even breaking his stride.

That try was pure, it was just one of those moments that underlines how the brutal game of rugby union can be poetic, beautiful and loaded with finesse.

Dupont would cause serious problems by ending with some impressive individual stats, including 57 metres made, one clean break and three offloads in what was a night to remember.

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One last title to claim

It has been a dream season of rugby for Dupont, who also guided Toulouse to the Champions Cup title and did so while switching between his club duties and national duties with France Sevens.

His highly-publicised switch to the faster format of the game has come with its own success as he inspired France to their first title in 19 years when they won in Los Angeles before they claimed the season finale in Madrid.

The scary thing is Dupont was in no way a passenger for Les Bleus Sevens. Instead, he really took to the different code and contributed heavily. There was also a clear lift from his teammates when he was part of the squad.

Of course, the whole purpose of the switch is to win gold at their home Olympics in Paris which begins in less than a month from now. It would truly be a remarkable feat for Dupont to achieve this and, with his ridiculous record, it is tough to bet against him.

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