Jouba jols for Clermont

Marius Joubert was irrepressible for French Top 14 side Clermont in their 23-11 win over Toulouse.

The victory at the Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse takes Clermont to the top of the log, five points clear of the Toulouse.

Joubert, who by all accounts has had an outstanding season with Clermont, continued that good form, breaking the defensive line thrice and proving impenetrable on defence.

Springbok captain John Smith was solid for Clermont, while Toulouse’s South African contingent of Shaun Sowerby and Daan Human impressed as well. Sowerby was injured late in the game forcing him to be replaced but the most significant injury blow for Toulouse came when France winger Vincent Clerc was stretchered off with what has been diagnosed as ruptured knee ligaments.

Clerc collapsed without being touched and television replays show his knee moving out of socket just before he fell. He is expected to be out for at least six months.

In other matches, Perpignan’s Percy Montgomery kicked 4 from 6 in difficult conditions to play his part in a 38-13 win over Bayonne. The victory elevates Perpignan to fourth place on the table. Gerhard Vosloo’s Castres came from behind to beat Bourgoin 14-12, keeping them in the hunt for a play-off place.

League table after Round 18

1. Clermont 71
2. Toulouse 66
3. Paris 57
4. Perpignan 53
5. Biarritz 52
6. Castres 46
7. Montauban 41
8. Montpellier 38
9. Brive 36
10. Bourgoin 36
11. Bayonne 33
12. Albi 31
13. Dax 22
14. Auch 14