Toulon coach Patrice Collazo praised South Africa’s Rugby World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth after he returned from concussion in Sunday’s 29-23 victory at Racing 92 within the French High 14.
Etzebeth, who gained the final of his 85 Springboks caps within the 2019 ultimate, missed greater than 4 weeks of motion after struggling a head knock within the European Cup win over Sale on December 12.
“He performed on the stage we anticipate. Tonight I noticed an excellent Eben Etzebeth, like I noticed superb French internationals and superb non-internationals,” Collazo informed reporters post-match.
“When there are particular person performances on a collective foundation like that, a workforce efficiency follows,” he added.
The guests transfer as much as fourth within the standings, three factors behind the third-placed Parisians who misplaced for a second time at house this marketing campaign.
Racing, the 2016 champions, made eight modifications from the win at Clermont two weeks in the past as Australia full-back Kurtley Beale was amongst these to return.
Etzebeth’s choice was considered one of six modifications by Collazo as they eyed only a second success on the street this season.
The away facet deservedly led 17-3 after an entertaining first quarter as Swann Rebbadj and Baptise Serin made essentially the most of their early dominance.
Virimi Vakatawa, considered one of 14 members of France’s Six Nations squad within the groups on the La Protection Area, wasted a golden likelihood to attain for Racing after Gabin Villiere knocked the ball out his arms whereas within the opposition in-goal space after 21 minutes.
Vakatawa’s outfit led 20-17 with a minute of the half to go as Wenceslas Lauret and Teddy Thomas crossed earlier than Louis Carbonel kicked a penalty to convey the groups stage on the break.
Maxine Machenaud and fly-half Carbonel, additionally in les Bleus’ set-up for the Six Nations, traded penalties and Collazo’s males led 29-23 with 5 minutes left.
The Champions Cup finalists pressed on within the closing moments however their scrum, 10 metres out with lower than three minutes to go, was penalised.
Scrum-half Serin cleared his traces for the win, a primary win at Racing since 2012.
– Saint-Andre’s ‘scenario’ –
Earlier, Montpellier centre Arthur Vincent mentioned his facet have been in bother after Tonga’s Ma’amai Vaipulu scored late in Castres’ 21-19 win on the GGL Stadium.
Substitute back-rower Vaipulu crossed with eight minutes to play to go away the billionaire backed Montpellier, who changed sacked Xavier Garbajosa with former France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre earlier this month, within the relegation play-off spot and with out a victory since December 4.
“Clearly there’s fear if you lose once more, particularly at house,” France’s Vincent informed Canal+.
“It is a very severe scenario, and everyone knows that.
“Now we have to maintain an excellent angle, it is troublesome. We’re not lifeless but, we nonetheless should combat.”
On Saturday, Jean-Pascal Barraque’s first penalty objective in additional than 4 years took Clermont to fourth within the desk with a 16-16 draw at Bordeaux-Begles.
Elsewhere, Australia full-back Jesse Mogg made his first look since April 2019 after recovering from a shin harm in Pau’s 23-22 win at Bayonne.
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