Top 14: Toulouse and La Rochelle, straight to the semifinals


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Top 14: Toulouse and La Rochelle, straight to the semifinals

The last day of the Top 14 regular phase left the team ready for the playoffs. Clermont defeated Facundo Bosch’s La Rochelle 25-20. Lyon beat Agen 52-7, who relegated to Pro D2. Pau beat Montpellier, comfortably, 41-25. Racing 92 had no problems taking the match 55-12 against Brive. Toulouse defeated Bordeaux 21-10 away from home, while Stade Français, with just enough, passed Bayonne 12-9, who will play the playoff against Biarritz. Castres thrashed, but it was not enough to advance to the knockout phase despite a 48-24 victory over Toulon.

TOULOUSE 21-10 BORDEAUX (Saturday)

The ingoal was desired until 30 minutes later, Ulupano Seuteni supported the locals. However, 120 seconds later Emmanuel Meafou changed the match. In the complementary stage, a new Toulouse try by Lucas Tauzin arrived just in the final minute. Santaigo Chocobares played the entire match, while Juan Cruz Mallía entered the final ten minutes. Guido Petti spent 64 minutes on the court and Santiago Cordero witnessed the entire match. In addition, the leader managed to be placed in the semifinals. On the other hand, Bordeaux will play Clermont in the quarterfinals.

RACING 92 55-12 BRIVE (Saturday)

Racing 92 maintained a balanced level, with very intelligent distributions of the ball across the field. After a great game throughout the match, the hosts made seven tries and one penalty try: Teddy Baubigny (two), Nolann Le Garrec, Teddy Thomas, Donovan Taofifenua, Yoan Tanga Mangene and Antoine Claassen. For his part, Brive discounted with two conquests: Measaje Losilosi Foge and Stariki Tuicuvu. The locals finished third in the table and will play the quarterfinals against Stade Français.

CLERMONT 25-20 LA ROCHELLE (Saturday)

Morgan Parra was the figure of Clermont with 20 points between penalties and conversion and George Moala did his thing with a conquest. La Rochelle converted many penalties that benefited the local team. For its part, Facundo Bosch’s team supported twice: Dillyn Leyds and Grégory Alldritt, but it was not enough to win the game, although it was enough to place themselves in the semifinals where they will wait for Racing 92 or Stade. While Clermont will fight Bordeaux to collide with Toulouse.

STADE FRANÇAIS 12-9 BAYONNE (Saturday)

With little game and suffering a lot, Stade Francais beat Bayonne and secured a place in the Playoffs. Those led by Gonzalo Quesada managed to reverse a 9 to 3 deficit at the end of the first half and found the foot of Jori Segonds his passage to the next round of the Top 14. Bayonne, before his people, did what he could and was close to achieving the tie that would have given him the chance to avoid the playoff against Biarritz. The tasteless of defeat should be your best fuel in the face of a momentous duel to maintain the category.

CASTRES 48-24 TOULON (Saturday)

In a direct duel to define a place in the playoffs, Castres beat Toulon 48-24, but it was not enough. The winner was from a sharp Benjamin Urdapilleta, author of 26 points (two tries, two penalties and five conversions). For his part, Facundo Isa played as a starter in Toulon. The start of the visit was better, which was put in advantage thanks to the tries of Carbonel and Etzebeth. However, from that moment on, Castres found his place in the party and took over the shares. After a tie in 17 goals at the end of the first half, the local cast supported four tries in the complement and gave final figures to the match. With the victory of Stade Francais, neither of them could celebrate and they will have to watch the playoffs from the outside.

PAU 42-25 MONTPELLIER (Saturday)

Pau played not to be relegated and took a barbarous victory against Montpellier. Those in the green jersey did their part well and with a great performance from wing Aminasi Tuimaba and second row Matthew Philip, authors of two tries each, sentenced the fate of a key match to maintain the category. With the triumph consummated, the staff and players waited for the Stade Francais to win against Bayonne to unleash the festivities, after a difficult season that had them until the last date, on the verge of the playoffs.

LYON 52-7 AGEN (Saturday)

In the only duel that had no relevance neither with the playoffs, nor with the playoffs, Lyon had no mercy and defeated the relegated Agen 52-7. Without Argentines on the court, Lyon made clear the differences between the two teams and supported eight tries against one of his rival. A good performance by the experienced starter, Jonathan Wisniewski (author of 10 points with one try and five conversions), was one of the reasons to explain the victory of the Leon team. For Agen, it was his farewell to the top flight, as next season he will be playing again in the Pro D2.


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