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Watch: Dupont celebrates World Player of the Year with 'cheat code' display

By Sam Smith
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Fresh off winning the World Rugby Player of the Year award, Toulouse scrumhalf Antoine Dupont showed his class against a Cardiff side missing a whopping 42 players in the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup.

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Despite a valiant showing by a depleted Cardiff side, it was never going to be enough when part-timers were called upon to overcome the might of Toulouse, who comfortably won 39-7.

At the heart of it was France’s star 9 Antoine Dupont, whose ability was heightened when pitted against what could be considered half-pro players. He had two monster line breaks in the first half, one coming from a scrum and another from a quick line out.

His dazzling running game was on show again in the second half when he picked up a loose ball at the back of the lineout and masterfully dissected the Cardiff defence for an incredible individual try.

The 25-year-old followed that up with a cross-field kick from the base of the ruck that hit his winger on the chest for another Toulouse try.

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