La Rochelle beat Racing 92 by 19-6 and reached the final of the French Top 14 for the first time in its history. The Argentinian Facundo Bosch He was a starter in the winning team, which will play the final against the winner of Toulouse against Bordeaux.
In an intense first half, it was the Paris team that opened the score thanks to the foot of Maxime Machenaud. However, La Rochelle never lost distance, and with the effectiveness of its opening, Ihaia West, managed to get ahead 9 to 6, after half an hour of play.
The breaking point in the first stage came with the beautiful try of Arthuer Retiere, who after an exquisite kick from his teammate, Brice Dulin, supported near the flag to leave things 16 to 6 for the break.
In addition, Racing 92 tried to get into the game, but La Rochelle did not let it. A new penalty from West stretched differences and began to shape the win. The winning team was always superior with the pack of forwards and made it as difficult as possible to obtain their rival, who also had a night full of inaccuracies. Without quality balls, the backs of the team with the light blue and white jersey had to worry more about defending than attacking, and in this way, they began to see how the possibility of accessing the final of the tournament became increasingly uphill. .
It was a deserved triumph for La Rochelle, which confirmed its good season, which had it as the second best team in the regular season, behind Toulouse. Against the winner of the Bordeaux duel and the first classified in the general table, those led by Ronan O’Gara will seek to make history and achieve their first Top 14 title.