Guest of the RMC Sport Show this Sunday, Stade Toulousain opener Romain Ntamack, qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions Cup, underlined the decisive contribution of his team’s pack of forwards in building a controlled success (21-12) in Clermont.
Implacable, the Stade Toulousain has made reign its law on the Auvergne lands of Clermont-Ferrand, usually hostile to its coming since the red and black club had not imposed itself there since 2002. An eternity. During the last Haut-Garonnais success, 19 years ago, Emile Ntamack was on the lawn of the Marcel-Michelin stadium. This Sunday, his international opener, Romain, scored 21 points, all on foot, to qualify his team in the last four of the Champions Cup for the third season in a row. The opening half was able to improve the work of his forwards.
Ntamack: “I take my hat off to them”
“They are monstrous, I have no other say, he commented on RMC. They put us in good conditions so that we can use the balloons. It is true that we are talking always three-quarters, but the game starts in front and our forwards are still quite exceptional, led by Julien Marchand who has been walking on the water for a long time. Even today, it is to them that we owe it It’s all thanks to them. Our front eight and bench have been doing good. I take my hat off to them. “
The duel with Jalibert? “If that can make newspapers write …”
Obviously favorite after this high-flying performance, which followed a feat achieved in Munster in the 8th, Toulouse will have in the semi-finals, at the beginning of May, the home ground advantage against UBB, with a match in the match in perspective. between two of the heroes of the weekend, Romain Ntamack and Mathieu Jalibert, the two 10s of the XV of France.
Will the Toulousain be keen to show that he remains number one in this position with the Blues? “No, not at all. Absolutely not. I stopped listening to everything that is being said on the side. If it makes people write newspapers, good, but I will focus above all on my team, on my game. Obviously, it will make people talk, but that won’t be a problem for me. “