France’s rugby date 19 began with La Rochelle’s defeat of Bayonne on Friday. On Saturday the action continued with the great game that Bordeaux finally won against Racing 92. In addition, Lyon defeated Montpellier, Toulouse did the same against Agen and Clermont defeated Castres. On Sunday in the first shift, Brive scored an important win at Pau and Toulon beat Stade Francais.
TOULON 35-13 STADE FRANCAIS (Sunday)
With Nicolás Sánchez as the starter and Marcos Kremer entering from the substitute bench, Stade Francais fell on his visit to Toulon. The Argentine starter contributed six points, but at the end of the first stage he was sent off by a strong blow to the shoulder before an attempted tackle. Carbonel (23 ‘), Toeava (30’), Tolofua (53 ‘) and Heem (67’) supported the tries for the home team, while Carbonel himself added three penalties (8 ‘, 40’, 45 ‘). Etien was the only one who made it to the ingoal for the Parisian cast at 70 ‘.
PAU 27-32 BRIVE (Sunday)
Fourth victory in the last five games for Brive, who little by little and with a lot of effort are moving away from the last places in the Top 14 table. While Ignacio Calles started good work in the pack, Axel Muller played the 80 minutes into the visit and Lucas Paulos entered the complement. Tries for Brive came from Kitione Kamikamica (25 ‘) and Setareki Bituniyata (56’) and, on Pau’s side, the wins were scored by Clovis Le Bail (29 ‘), Luke Whitelock (40’) and Quentin Lespiaucq (61 ‘). Enzo Hervé’s foot was key in the winning team, he added 22 points (six penalties and two conversions).
MONTPELLIER 16-21 LYON (Saturday)
In a passionate duel, Lyon was left with a great victory against Montpellier by 21 to 16. The team that had Gómez Kodela as a starter endured in the final minutes the attempt of its rival to reach the try, and managed to maintain the victory. Mignot (35 ‘, Nakaitici (53’) and Fainga (65 ‘) were the ones who supported Lyon, while Berdeu added two penalties (9’, 49 ‘). For his part, Delhommel (68’) obtained the only try for Montpellier, added to the three penalties from Paillaugue (4 ‘, 34’ and 44 ‘).
AGEN 0-59 TOULOUSE (Saturday)
Toulouse is still steadily in the Top 14, this time with an impressive 59-0 win away from Agen against Agen. The visitor stood out throughout the match, thanks to the tries of Lebel (8 ‘, 11’, 42 ‘), Marchand (21’, 28 ‘), Meafou (33’), Dupont (66 ‘), Placines (74 ‘) and Mauvaka (79’). In addition, Holmes was more than accurate with the foot, since he added seven conversions.
CLERMONT 59-19 CASTRES (Saturday)
Finally Castres’ streak was cut. Benjamín Udapilleta’s team, who was not in the duel against Clermont, came from three victories in a row, but this time they fell 59 to 19. Vill (28 ‘), Raka (50’), Penaud (54 ‘), Fourcade (60 ‘, 70’) were the authors of the tries for the premises, while Parra increased with two penalties (27 ‘and 44’), and three conversions. In Castres, Fernandez (33 ‘) and Guillemin (40’) were the ones who reached the ingoal for the visitor.
RACING 92 32-33 BORDEAUX (Saturday)
Great game at the La Défense Arena in Paris. Among the locals, Juan Imhoff started and contributed the first try at 20 ‘and in response to the conquest of Bordeaux three minutes before Scott Higginbotham. The first half, super even, ended with the result equal in 23 after the try Wenceslas Lauret (22 ‘) for the locals and Cameron Woki for the B} ègles along with the infallible foot of Matthieu Jalibert who contributed a total of 20 points (a try, three conversions and three penalties). In addition, the opening of the visiting team was the only one that reached the ingoal. The leading role fell on Maxime Machenaud (two conversions and five penalties), Kurtley Beale who had the victory penalty on his foot but hit the post and on Woki who stole two lines at the end of the match to decree Bordeaux’s victory.
LA ROCHELLE 40-3 BAYONNE (Friday)
With Facundo Bosch from 55 minutes on the court, La Rochelle thrashed Bayonne (without Mariano Galarza) by a resounding 40 to 3. The locals scored a total of six tries at the hands of Pierre Bourgarit (16 ‘), Thomas Berjon (36 ‘), Pierre Bourgarit (40’), a penalty try (49 ‘) and Grégory Alldritt (63 and 69’). In addition, Ihaia West contributed four conversions for the Top 14 leader. On the Bayonne side, the only points came thanks to a Gaetan Germain penalty.