Top 14: with a try by Facundo Isa, Toulon won and dreams of the playoffs

Top 14: with a try by Facundo Isa, Toulon won and dreams of the playoffs

With a try by Facundo Isa el Toulon clings to the illusion of entering the playoffs of the French Top 14 on the penultimate date of the tournament. Thus, the Santiago team won the duel to the Argentines of the Bordeaux: Santiago Cordero and Guido Petti. Castres, with the good aim of Benjamín Urdapilleta, is still in the race, since he beat Brive by Axel Muller and Lucas Paulos (one try). Racing 92, with Juan Imhoff, thrashed Agen and secured a place in the defining instance. After falling in the final of the European Cup, La Rochelle beat Pau and it depends on himself on the last date to be able to finish in the top two and go directly to the semifinals. Montpellier beat Mariano Galarza’s Bayonne, in a duel between the teams that want to avoid the game for permanence.

Toulouse, with Santiago Chocobares and Juan Cruz Mallía, completed the date with a win over Clermont by 36-27. The Friday Stade Francais, with Pablo Matera from the start, defeated Lyon 46-27, which was attended by Francisco Gómez Kodela when entering the second stage.

TOULOUSE 36-27 CLERMONT (Saturday)

With Santiago Chocobares from the start and Juan Mallía on the substitute bench, although the Cordovan entered 10 minutes into the first half instead of Kolbe, the Champions Cup champion took his firm walk to the Top 14. For the tries of Meafou, Dupont and Ntamack, plus Ramos’ three conversions and five penalties, Toulouse achieved victory and climbed to the top of the French tournament. At Clermont, Penaud, Fourcade, Falatea and Yato supported, while Nanai Williams contributed two conversions and Morgan Parra a penalty.

AGEN 14-54 RACING 92 (Saturday)

Winning and qualification for the Top 14 playoffs, although he still has a chance to be in the first two places and go directly to the semifinals. With Juan Imhoff as the starter, the Parisians did not take pity on the rival who played with one man less from 35 minutes in the first half due to the expulsion of Vincent Farre. The figure of the afternoon was Gael Fickou who scored a hat-trick and took the ball of the game. Also in the ingoal were Donovan Taofifenua, Teddy Baubigny, Yoan Tanga (2) and Simon Zebo. Maxime Machenaud signed 7 conversions. For the locals there was a try by Colombian Andrés Zafra and another by Jean Marcellin Buttin. Raphael Lagarde brought the figure to 7 points with the 2 conversions.

TOULON 25-19 BORDEAUX (Saturday)

The Argentine duel was left for the locals who continue to hope to enter the playoffs and get into sixth place. For the winner, Facundo Isa scored his team’s only try, while Sergio Parisse also started in the third row. Louis Carbonel with the conversion and 6 penalties rounded off the victory. For Begles, which featured Santiago Cordero and Guido Petti as headlines, there were tries by Scott Higginbotham and Maxime Lamothe. Matthieu Jalibert contributed 3 penalties.

LA ROCHELLE 51-27 PAU (Saturday)

An overwhelming performance by Facundo Bosch’s team, who entered at 4 ‘of the complement, and in this way is heading to be one of the Top 14 semifinalists, if he defeats Clermont on the last date. Mathieu Tanguy, Gregory Alldritt (2), Wian Liebenberg, Darren Sweetnam (2) and Tawera Kerr-Barlow scored the locals’ tries. Jules Plisson took the post to the sticks and added 4 conversions and 2 penalties. For the greens Clovis Lebail, Vincent Pinto, Maks van Dyk and Aminiasi Tuimaba reached the Ingoal. Antoine Hastoy made his mark with 2 conversions and 1 penalty.

BRIVE 28-33 CASTRES (Saturday)

He is still in the running to enter the playoffs with a triumph on the road. With the presence of Benjamín Urdapilleta from the beginning and author of 3 conversions and 4 penalties, he achieved victory to reach the last date with possibilities. They will have to beat Toulon and hope that Stade Français does not win. Uruguayan Santiago Arata entered 15 minutes from the end of the game. The winning tries came through Tyler Ardron, Maama Vaipalu and Geoffrey Palis. At the premises, Axel Muller and Lucas Paulos started, the wing put together a great play that ended in a try and the second row had the pleasure of supporting the ingoal. Wesley Douglas and Nico Lee marked the other conquests. The shipments to the sticks were in charge of Enzo Herve, he hit 1 conversion and 3 penalties, and Tedo Abzhandadze, 1 conversion.


Even though they don’t fight upstairs, the stakes were high. The locals with the victory take a break as they moved away from the playoff zone with the loser of the Pro D2 final. The sigh tries came with Alexandre Becognee and Jan Serfontein. The South African Handre Pollard made the conversions and 2 penalties. The remaining three points came with the foot of Benoit Paillaugue. Bayonne, who had Mariano Galarz as the starter, will have to win on the last date or hope that Pau will not do so to have to avoid the match by permanence. Aymeric Luc scored the only visiting try and the shipments to the posts were divided: Maxime Lafage (1 conversion), Manuel Ordas (2 penalties and 1 drop) and Gaetan Germain (1 penalty).


Stade Francais beat Lyon 46-27, in a key duel for both teams with a view to qualifying for the playoffs of the French Top 14. With the presence of Pablo Matera during the 80 minutes, the Parisians took the game for being much more effective than their rival (Francisco Gómez Kodela entered the last half hour) and mainly, for having in Joris Segonds, an extremely effective kicker and author. of 26 points (six penalties and 4 conversions). With this result, the cast led by Gonzalo Quesada raised its fifth consecutive victory, and remains expectant, in the absence of a date for its completion, to be among the top six of the competition.

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