Raymond Rhule and Dillyn Leyds each received on the scoresheet as La Rochelle beat the Sale Sharks 45-21 within the Champions Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
Golden Rhule: Rhule has regarded a reworked participant since arriving at Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle facet. The Springbok emphasised his renewal with a incredible efficiency towards Sale, scoring a quickfire second-half brace, whereas he additionally picked up a strive help with an exquisite go on his inside. Rhule’s first strive got here from a superb line and dummy go, whereas his second got here after chasing a kick and toeing by the ball, earlier than profitable the race to dot it down. In complete, he made 65 metres from six carries and likewise contributed defensively with seven tackles.
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Energy pack: As incredible as La Rochelle’s backs have been, it must also be talked about that they fully overpowered the Springbok-enforced Sale pack. The likes of Akker van der Merwe and the Du Preez twins have been each very subdued, as La Rochelle dominated the scrum and breakdown.
Gameflow: It was an evenly matched begin as either side made good inroads and have been tied at 6-6 after the opening half-hour. Nonetheless, La Rochelle threatened to drag away when France No 8 Gregory Aldritt’s strive was intently adopted by Dillyn Leyds going over after the Springbok sneakily knocked down a go from Faf de Klerk and sprinted clear to attain. La Rochelle have been 18-16 up on the break. The second half was very a lot the Raymond Rhule present as he accomplished his brace earlier than selecting up an help.
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