Thursday, January 12, 2012

Maxime Medard and Louis Picamoles tear Lyon apart

Toulouse gave Lyon a 51-10 hiding on Saturday as they ran in six tries and consolidated their position at the top of the French Top 14 table. Here's a quick look at two of the better tries that they scored, with Maxime Medard playing a part in both. 

On Monday French Test player Medard extended his contract with Toulouse until June 2015. He has played for the French champions for eight seasons already, including 122 domestic games and 36 European Cup matches. The fullback has scored 59 tries, including the two he crossed for in this game against Lyon.

At only 25 years old he still has a very healthy career ahead of him, and will no doubt score, and set up, many more wonderful tries. As you can see in the below video, he played a part in the Yves Donguy that was mainly created through the barnstorming run of replacement Louis Picamoles.

The big number eight is one of the hardest running loose forwards in the game and usually bumps off defenders with ease, and on this occasion there was a hint of Lomu-Kronfeld about the way he went so close to the line then offloaded for Donguy to score it.

The second try in this clip doesn't show the great build-up work unfortunately, but there was some neat passing and then a nice finish from Medard as he stepped the fullback. You can view a short summary of the entire game, with music and more tries, on the Stade Toulouse website here.

Posted at 2:55 pm | 14 comments

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Citing Commissioner January 12, 2012 5:18 pm

Pretty sure that the first try would have been disallowed a few years ago on the grounds of "double movement". A lot of times tries are scored now after a good tackle when the tackler releases (so not to get penalised) and the tackled player then plays the ball (not immediately) either by waiting an age for the offload or getting up and running again. These cases should result in a penalty to the defending side.
Anyway gripe over, 2nd try was very nice!

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Fettsack January 12, 2012 6:06 pm

It could have been refused if Picamoles had touched the down for double movement. But since he passed it you can say he tried getting back up, which is legal if not held, but feld he was held so offloaded. Two very nice tries.

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Citing Commissioner January 12, 2012 6:24 pm

"which is legal if not held" - he was held, therefore if "he tried getting back up" it should have been a penalty.

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Pretzel January 12, 2012 8:54 pm

I'd be as good as Medard if my facial hair would get itself up to scratch!

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Canadian content January 12, 2012 10:42 pm

Anyone who would disallow the first try can go watch league. He made a legitimate play of the ball and wisely passed it, I love seeing this kind of rugby and would rather it be encourage at all turns.

The side step Medard lays down was extremely impressive, especially from the second angle.

Good to see French rugby returning to a their flair based roots, they were getting way to methodically forward based for my taste.

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Colombes January 12, 2012 11:33 pm

i hadn't read RD paragraph below the video, but i had exactly the same lomu-kronfeld feeling ;)
watch out Picamoles, David and Fofana for te 6N

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Sankeor January 13, 2012 1:25 am

The video you can watch by clicking the link in the end of the paragraph is really good, I recommend it !

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Jimothy January 14, 2012 9:26 am

Agree. Really good although I do miss the French commentary with its wonderful passion.

Question, Maxime Medard. Best back three player in the world?

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ruckinmaul January 13, 2012 4:35 am

medard is one of the best side stepper in french rugby. very sublime. he made it look so easy. i'm a fan of his two footed step. receive flat pass from the flyhalf and quickly two footed step follow by a single foot step to change the angle very quickly.

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patedelievre January 13, 2012 9:46 am

hasn't anyone spotted the nice "sacrifice" Picamoles does on the try?
at first I thought he just was too short to score himself, but when looking thoroughly on replays you see his hand (with the ball) has crossed the tryline and he kind of flips it to pass just so that his teammate Donguy can give his name to the try!

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Jimothy January 14, 2012 9:27 am

I wonder if he thought it'd be called a double movement and passed just in case. Either way it's brilliant play by him.

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pepou January 13, 2012 4:57 pm

yes very nice video in the link in the end of the article!

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