Watch: Antoine Dupont rips the La Rochelle defence to shreds

Watch: Antoine Dupont rips the La Rochelle defence to shreds

Antoine Dupont was at the heart of Toulouse's victory over La Rochelle in the first Top 14 barrage on Saturday.

The French star made 85 running metres from just 10 carries in the match as Toulouse ran out 33-28 victors.

Dupont got Toulouse off to a rip-roaring start as he sped through the La Rochelle's defence off a superb inside pass from Peato Mauvaka.

He then chipped the ball over the head of Dillyn Leyds with the ball bouncing unkindly for Brice Dulin. Dupont pounced and went inches short of scoring with Pierre Fouyssac rounding off the score just seven minutes into the game.



He scored Toulouse's second try after Rory Arnold galloped through a hole in the La Rochelle defence.


As per usual, Dupont ran an excellent support line to receive the pass and danced his way past a few defenders before diving over in the corner.



Wiaan Liebenberg scored in his final game of his career before Thomas Ramos converted two penalties to give Toulouse a 21-7 lead at half time.

Gregory Alldritt closed the gap to 21-15 but Los Pumas back Juan Cruz Mallia but Toulouse further ahead with a try on the hour mark.

Romain Ntamack surged through score his side's fourth of the night and put the game beyond the reaches of Ronan O'Gara's charges despite two late tries.

Full time: 33-28.


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