Monday, April 22, 2013

Wesley Fofana scores outstanding try vs Toulouse after just 39 seconds

Clermont maintained their fine form with a convincing 39-17 victory over Toulouse at fortress Stade Marcel Michelin at the weekend. They started the game in sensational fashion as Wesley Fofana scored one of the tries of the weekend after just 39 seconds.

With their all important Heineken Cup Semi Final against Munster a week away, Clermont sent a clear message with yet another powerful performance, this time over third place Toulouse.

Last weekend they drew with Toulon but on this occasion they added to their incredible home record as they marched into the Top 14 semi final playoffs. They are now unbeaten at the regular home stadium for 59 matches, or three-and-a-half years.

Tries were scored by Fofana, Benson Stanley, and Sitiveni Sivivatu, the latter having scored a brace, including one that came from a superb pick-up at the base of the ruck.

Fofana's was the best of the match though, not only because it was within the first minute, but due to the quality he showed as he stepped, fended, and sprinted his way to the line.

In other news, star France winger Vincent Clerc has been ruled out of the three-Test New Zealand tour with a knee injury. You can view the injury 4:33 mins into the highlights clip on page two.

View more replays of this try, all the others, and Clerc's injury in the Highlights wrap of the match

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Posted by Rugbydump at 10:06 am | View Comments (27)

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Canadian content April 22, 2013 3:00 pm

K I'm gonna put it out there...

Best centre in the world right now?

Possibly best back?

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DrG April 22, 2013 7:04 pm

I don't know if I'd say "best centre in the world," quite yet, I've only seen him on an international stage fairly recently, so excuse me if I say he might be a little fresh (if I recall correctly) but definitely a strong contender.

Put it this way, would want him in my team :)

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DW April 22, 2013 3:16 pm

First man in support at the end... a prop :)

Some very well taken tries there!

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Dobby April 22, 2013 3:17 pm

I second that...

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bnations April 22, 2013 3:56 pm

His last fend was an amazing piece of skill. Watch it again in slow motion and focus on the ball rather than the runner. He managed to fend while switching the ball from his right hand to his left in a single, fluid motion. Class, pure and simple.

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matt the mauler April 22, 2013 4:11 pm

What a player. Pure joy to watch.

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GMac April 22, 2013 4:11 pm

And Saint-André played him on the wing for the national team during the 6N!?

This guy is an out and out centre. Very very few guys in world rugby with the line breaking ability that he has.

You dont put that on the wing!!

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Rowan April 22, 2013 4:43 pm

When did Chris Ashton sign for Toulouse?

Jokes aside, beautiful try.

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DollsLiving April 22, 2013 11:45 pm

Yann David is usually a terrific tackler and seing him down like that ... Just WOW !!

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Reality April 22, 2013 6:51 pm

A question to any francophone posters here: does that rather attractive young woman seem like an intelligent, competent reporter? The reason I ask is that normally on English channels when a woman is in that position, it's because she's good-looking and definitely not because she's qualified. My French isn't good enough to judge based on this clip, but to me this reporter actually seems competent and intelligent. Am I wrong?

Also, Wesley Fofana is making a complete fool of Philippe Satin-André. There is no inside centre in world rugby doing what Fofana is doing, so playing him on the wing just proves how foolish Saint-André was during the Six Nations.

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Vanadyel April 22, 2013 7:44 pm

Not bad, not great, just okay... and good looking. She just knows her stuff. Though she has the importance her manager wants her to have, meaning she perhaps could do better if she were more than just a presenter.
But honestly, most french male sport journalists/reporters/presenters are okay to bad. In my opinion, beginning with Eric Bayle who's been there for too long.

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UBBpower April 23, 2013 11:03 am

She is for me very competent, she really knows what she is speacking about. It's a real pleasure for the eyes as well.
I am totaly in love with her, as almost all the french people who love rugby. So i cannot say something mean about her..
Loving you Isabelle..

From french guy supporting UBB

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marty April 22, 2013 6:54 pm

Boy is he good! Indeed St-andré is wrong to put him on the wing, total joke

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DrG April 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Give him British residency and stick him in a Lions shirt.

Honestly though, he's a brilliant player, I think he'd be a strong contender for any team.

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Run Fatboy Run April 23, 2013 10:10 pm

It probably isn't the place for it / it's probably been done to death, but if the Lions team did cover all the Six Nations teams, how many French players would there be in the starting 15? More than the English & Scottish together, at any rate... Fofana, Parra & Picamoles would all walk in to start with. Unless you had Parrisse instead of Picamoles...

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Mat April 22, 2013 7:02 pm

To Reality, the attractive young woman is Isabelle Ithurburu and yes she is competent and intelligent. Moreover she is the wife of Gonzalo Quesada the head coach of Racing Metro.

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Flying Tacklemonkey April 22, 2013 7:21 pm

I like how the Toulouse number 13 upon getting fended just gets up and walks away with an air of "fuck it, I tried" about him.

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kadova April 22, 2013 11:12 pm

That's Yann David, the Toulouse No 13 player ;)

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themull April 22, 2013 7:47 pm

With Fofana and Rougerie playing so well you'd be a very brace man to bet against Clermont..Only way a team is gonna beat them in the form they're in is to starve them of possession...

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stroudos April 22, 2013 9:04 pm

An absolute beauty to watch.

Nice pass from the base of the scrum by Hines too. I suppose there's no reason why a lock shouldn't be able to pass the ball but many don't seem to be able to, and I've seen a great number of England scrumhalves unable to provide quick ball delivered softly in front of the runner like that.

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stroudos April 22, 2013 9:06 pm

*Ahem* - ruck, not scrum.

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Frenchie April 22, 2013 9:21 pm

He is a great player. I'm not from there but i love that team and hope they go all the way in the H cup. They play a very nice rugby.

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kadova April 22, 2013 11:08 pm

That's reminds me of his try in the 6Nations agaisnt England, the first time this year he was starting as inside centre.
Hope Clermont is wining the H Cup, they deserve it.

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Colombes April 22, 2013 11:14 pm

Again a class action from Fofana, not the first, and certainly not the last
Munster will have to build a real wall against Sivivatu, Rougerie, Parra & co if they want to snatch a victory in Auvergne. 59th match of invicibility at home...

On a side note, playing Fofana on the wing during the first 6N matchs was a bad St-André inspiration, but was imposed by many wingers injuries Medard, Malzieu, Dullin and Clerc (sadly again knee injured...)

And Iturburu despite her gorgeous "ovales"... has a great ovalie knowledge

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Canadian content April 23, 2013 1:55 am

Ok the centre I can think of playing anywhere near his level is Conrad Smith, and the Snake ain't making that break. Otherwise, simply no one else is doing what he's doing. He's in my first 15 and NOT ON THE WING!

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Canadian content April 23, 2013 2:00 am

Just saw this, watch poor Parra, he goes up for the ball, and Aurilien steals it from him, and then his pack piles him into the ruck whether he likes it or not and Hines does his job lol!

Good on him!

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TotesMcGoates April 23, 2013 3:22 am

"Sit down, son", he says...

Great try, Clermont are without a doubt the team to beat in Europe.

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