On Friday the date of the Top 14 began to be disputed and it was with Argentine participation: Benjamin Urdapilleta he was the 10th starter for Mauricio Reggiardo’s Castres and added, with his foot, the only six points of his team in the fall against the powerful Toulon. Saturday, the Paris classic was for Racing 92 who won it on the last play. In addition, Bayonne beat Agen, Clermont did the same with Pau, and Lyon got a great win against Toulouse as a visitor. Sunday closed the day with the triumphs of La Rochelle and Montpellier, against Bordeaux and Brive respectively.
LA ROCHELLE 20-6 BORDEAUX (Sunday)
A match in which, as a result of the unfavorable weather conditions, there were many impressions. A Bordeaux that, without Guido Petti and Santiago Cordero, who are already in Australia together with Los Pumas, could not find a way to violate their rival. His only 6 points were through the foot of Matthieu Jalibert. La Rochelle, with a lot of dynamics in their game in general, and in their backs in particular, made the big difference in the match in the first half: Tawera Kerr-Barlow at 18 ‘and Jérémy Sinzelle at 33’ were going to support the only ones two tries of the match to a team that, from then on, controlled the actions of the game.
MONTPELLIER 30-6 BRIVE (Sunday)
Montpellier was the broad dominator of the game during the 80 minutes of the game. So much so that, at the end of the first stage, he had already supported three tries: at 13 ‘Julian Tisseron did it, at 32’ Jan Serfontein and at 39 ‘Alexander Lozowski. On the visit side, the only 6 points were going to be contributed by Enzo Herve’s foot through two penalties to the sticks. In this way, the home team was going to be able to handle the threads of the match more comfortably and Enzo Forletta’s conquest at 70 ‘was only to decorate the result in favor of his team.
STADE FRANÇAIS 25-27 RACING 92 (Saturday)
The classics are like that, closed, frowning and leaving everything on the court. This was shown by both teams at the Stade Jean-Bouin. And the Parisian classic was taken by Racing 92 with a penalty from Antoine Gibert on the last play. It was won and celebrated like those important games, narrowly, but finally triumphed. The opening had already scored another penalty 2 ‘before for the dream comeback. Dorian Laborde and Henry Chavancy contributed the tries and Maxime Machenaud added 1 conversion 3 penalties. For Gonzalo Quesada’s team, Joris Segonds hit 6 penalties and 1 conversion. The only try of the locals was scored by Silalotu Latu.
AGEN 15-26 BAYONNE (Saturday)
With Mariano Galarza as the starter, Bayonne achieved a good away win against the team where Colombian Andrés Zafra started. With tries by Joseva Ravouvou and Aymeric Luc, plus penalties by Gaetan Germain, he managed to take the lead in a duel that was conditioned by the red to Victor Moreaux at 8 minutes into the first half at the venue, who scored two tries: Nathan Decron and Camille Gerondeau, and a penalty from Mathieu Lamoulie.
CLERMONT 50-29 PAU (Saturday)
A win, 7 tries and a good game for the yellows against Pau who made water in defense and the submarine did not forgive. The tries came through Sebastien Bézy, Cheikh Tiberghien, Alivereti Naqalevu, Kotaro Matsushima (2), Camille López and a penalty try. López also added 5 conversions and 1 penalty to round off the win. For Pau the tries were scored by Julien Fumat, Elliott Roudil, Clovis Le Bail and Quentin Lespiaucq. Samuel Marques contributed 3 points with a penalty and Le Bail 3 conversions.
TOULOUSE 7-16 LYON (Saturday)
Great game for the closed and for the great defense that the two teams proposed. However, it was Lyon who found the path to victory based on opportunism and because he resisted the attacks of a local team that never lowered its arms. Josua Tuisova’s try, which Jean Doussain converted into seven points, came from a ball recovered in his own field. Additionally, the opener then added three penalties to round out the 16 points. Toulouse was ineffective in the last few meters and ran into a wall with every attempt to reach the ingoal. He could only do it 10 minutes from the end with a bout from Théo Idjellidaine who quickly played a penalty and Tristán Tedder added the conversion. The only deconcentration of the winning team.
TOULON 19-6 CASTRES (Friday)
In a match in which the playing field was not in the best condition due to a previous rain, naturally the game was far from being showy and, as a consequence, there was only one try. In Mauricio Reggiardo’s Castres, Argentine Benjamin Urdapilleta was the starting opener and the author, by means of two penalties, of his team’s 6 points. The only conquest was going to be signed by the center of the premises, Duncan Paia’aua, who crowned a lethal counter of his team at sheer speed. It should also be noted the performance of the third row Sergio Parisse, who stood out in the game in general and in two plays in particular: in one, and bringing out all his experience, he played a quick free kick and went directly to attack a rival, who was reprimanded for not respecting 10 meters. And in another, he was in an awkward position and improvised a wonderful step between her legs.