Mon 3 Oct 2022 | 09:05

Perfect Jaminet boots Toulouse to victory over Montpellier

Perfect Jaminet boots Toulouse to victory over Montpellier
Mon 3 Oct 2022 | 09:05
Perfect Jaminet boots Toulouse to victory over Montpellier
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TOP 14 SUNDAY REPORT: Melvyn Jaminet enjoyed a 100 percent success rate with the boot as he seized his chance in the absence of Thomas Ramos and Romain Ntamack to lead Toulouse to a 19-17 win over Top 14 champions Montpellier on Sunday.

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Jaminet succeeded with all five of his kicks at goal as the 21-time champions of France went top of the table, moving a point ahead of European champions La Rochelle.

Jaminet took over kicking duties with French star Ramos starting on the bench and fellow international back Ntamack rested.

His personal 14-point haul was highlighted by a monster 60-metre penalty which secured the victory and allowed the 23-year-old fullback to keep up his perfect kicking record since moving to Toulouse from Perpignan in the off-season.

Montpellier boss Philippe Saint-Andre said it was a “bitter defeat”.

“We want to win our home matches. We wanted to take first place but Toulouse were more efficient and pragmatic than us,” he admitted.

Toulouse enjoyed a flying start to the game when centre Dimitri Delibes scored a try after sprinting away from the halfway line.

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However, Montpellier edged ahead by the break thanks to tries from fullback Anthony Bouthier in the eighth minute and prop forward Enzo Forletta plunging over just before the half-hour mark.

The boot of Jaminet proved decisive in the second period although Toulouse’s evening ended on a low note when replacement lock forward Emmanuel Meafou was red-carded.

French Top 14 results on Saturday:

Bordeaux-Begles 15-10 Stade Francais

Clermont 43-20 Lyon

Brive 25-22 Bayonne

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Pau 17-34 Toulon

Perpignan 14-10 Castres

La Rochelle 24-19 Racing92

Result on Sunday:

Montpellier 17-19 Toulouse

PV: 9
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