Top 14: Pau royal in La Rochelle, Brive sinks, Toulouse falls in Bayonne... What to remember from Saturday's games

Top 14: Pau royal in La Rochelle, Brive sinks, Toulouse falls in Bayonne… What to remember from Saturday’s games

Silent for four games, the champion from Montpellier calmed down against Stade Français (23-19), Saturday October 29, on behalf of the 9th round of the Top 14. Pau, majestic in La Rochelle (21-38), has signed the performance of the day. Castres (26-22 against Clermont) and Perpignan (28-21 against Lyon) secured themselves at home, when Racing went wild from the outside to sink the pale Brivistes (38-43). At night, Bayonne made the Stade Toulousain bow down.

Montpellier revives without convincing

It was urgent, so no matter what. Montpellier ended their series of four straight losses by painfully beating Stade Français (23-19). Undisciplined (15 fouls), clumsy in touch (9 turnovers), the French champions won with wear and tear. They still screwed the correctional facility, when the Parisians found themselves in front of the in-goal to the siren, without being able to cross.

Even beaten for the first time in a month, Stade Français earned a significant defensive bonus to secure their second place, pending the Toulon match on Sunday night.

Great feat from Pau to La Rochelle

One of the performances of this start of the season. In a streak of five straight losses, Pau brought down the fortress of La Rochelle (21-38). Twenty-four years after their last victory in Deflandre, the Section inflicted on the Maritimes their heaviest home defeat in seven years (6-44 against Clermont in August 2015). Realistic in the first half, unleashed in the second act, the Béarnaise opened their counterattack in style.

Even dominated territorially and in terms of possession, he fed on the mistakes of Rochelais deprived of his internationals, including Tanga, Alldritt or Danty. A serious setback for Ronan O’Gara’s players, who posted two losses in the Top 14 for the first time since February.

A bonus of courage for Clermont

Led 26-12 and outnumbered with three minutes remaining, the Clermontois earned an unexpected defensive bonus. A dazzling shot from Alivereti Raka to earn a penalty trial revived hopes, before the Auvergne scrum toppled the Castres squad to earn a decisive penalty. Instead of going into touch to win the draw, starter Jules Plisson secured against the Poles (26-22, final score) the siren.

A just reward for the Jaunards, authors of two other essays by the young Baptiste Jauneau and Cheikh Tiberghien. By scoring a point in Castres, the first since Lyon in February, ASM confirms its good start to the season.

Brive, gaps but heart

In the queue, Brive showed immense character registering three attempts in ten minutes and earning an unexpected defensive bonus against Racing 92 (38-43). Axel Muller stood out notably by scoring two goals. But accounting, this point at home may not be enough for the Corréziens. Once an impregnable fortress, the Stadium has collapsed for the fourth time this season.

Above all, Brivists care defensively. The 43 pawns granted are added to the 119 suffered during the previous three days, which makes Coujoux the worst defense in the Top 14. The successes of the direct competitors, Pau and Perpignan, only reinforce the urgency for the lantern red (12 points) .

Bayonne beat Stade Toulousain

Root offered the leader’s scalp. Before a boiling crowd at Jean Dauger, the Bayonnais sublimated themselves to inflict their second defeat of the season on Stade Toulousain (26-22). Authors of an excellent start to the match, and led on foot by an imperial Gaëtan Germain, they quickly stepped forward to run in the lead.

The Bayonnais then resisted the return of the young Toulouse at the end of the match, who still managed to snatch the defensive plus thanks to two tries in the last ten minutes. Thanks to this success, Remo returns to 8th place, with the same number of points as Castres and Racing, the last members of the top 6.


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