Toulouse’s epic 100m try awarded Top 14 try of the season
It was a big night for Toulouse yesterday at the French rugby gala, as the Top 14 and Heineken Champions Cup winners were awarded the league’s 2020/21 try of the season.
The try came against Castres in April last season, and was finished by winger Matthis Lebel, but it was an entire team effort which started almost on their own line. It is no surprise that this try scooped the award, as any team that decides to sling such an audacious pass from the shadow of their own posts deserves all the credit they get.
Take a look at the try:
🏅 PLUS BEL ESSAI🏅
Vous avez été très nombreux à voter pour désigner le plus bel essai de la saison !
On vous laisse découvrir cette merveille signée Matthis Lebel avec le @StadeToulousain 🔥
— TOP 14 Rugby (@top14rugby) September 27, 2021
Toulouse scrum-half Antoine Dupont was also named the Top 14 player of the year at the awards, succeeding his former teammate Cheslin Kolbe, who is set to move to Toulon when his commitments with the Springboks end. Dupont must be getting sick of these awards, as he was also named the Six Nations player of the season, European Rugby player of the year and the French player of the year. He is viewed by many as the best player in the world currently, and he will have the chance to enhance that claim when Les Bleus take on Argentina, Georgia and the All Blacks this autumn.
Toulouse won a historic domestic and European double this year, beating La Rochelle in both finals. Their European title was the fifth in their history, making them the first side to achieve that feat. They have also made a barnstorming start to this season, winning their opening four matches of the Top 14 season, the only side to have done so, and have opened up a five point lead over Racing 92 at the top.
Despite a big night on Monday for the French champions, they have a trip to Biarritz to prepare for this Saturday as they will seek to maintain their strong start to the season.