Toulouse beat La Rochelle 18-8 to win Top 14 title
Thomas Ramos kicked four penalties and a drop-goal for a 15-point haul as Toulouse punished La Rochelle for their ill discipline
Last Updated: 25/06/21 11:33pm
Toulouse claimed their 21st French title with a comprehensive 18-8 victory against La Rochelle in a disappointing Top 14 final on Friday.
One month after humbling La Rochelle in the Champions Cup final, Toulouse were on top of the contest from the start and were never threatened by the team who finished second behind them in the regular season.
In a match that never sprung into life, Toulouse won the forwards battle and, despite the absence of injured fly-half Romain Ntamack, had more creativity.
Stand-in fly-half Thomas Ramos opened the scoring with a penalty and added a drop goal after being set up by scrum-half Antoine Dupont 25 metres from the posts.
He added another penalty with Cheslin Kolbe putting them 12-0 ahead with a stunning 50-metre drop goal.
La Rochelle reduced the arrears through Ihaia West early in the second half but they were sanctioned for their ill-discipline repeatedly with Ramos slotting two more penalties.
Trailing by 15 points, La Rochelle played more freely and Dany Priso bundled over from a maul to make their defeat less humiliating.