Top 14: Toulouse started the title defense with a win


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Top 14: Toulouse started the title defense with a win

This Saturday the 2021/22 season of the France Top 14 with four games, among which the Parisian classic stands out among Stade Fracais and Racing 92. In addition, Toulouse and La Rochelle re-created the last final and ended up winning the same team.

Biarritz 27-15 Bordeux (Saturday)
Biarritz’s return to the Top 14 was perfect. The team that rose last season overwhelmingly defeated Bordeux, who at the end of the match managed to find a reaction, but it was too late. Thanks to a strong performance from Herron, who finished the match with a try and 5 penalty kicks, Biarritz built up a solid 14-point lead in the first half and kept up the overwhelming pace during the start of the match. However, with just a quarter-match remaining and a 24-point lead, Biarritz slowed down and allowed Bordeux to grow and get closer to the scoreboard with tries from Roussel and Moefana.

Castres 16 – 12 PAU (Saturday)
With the presence of Benjamín Urdapilleta, author of a try, a conversion and a penalty, and the Uruguayan Santiago Arata, with a good game, Castres had to battle to beat Pau 16 to 12 in their debut this season. For Pau, all the points came through his opening Zac Henry, who contributed three penalties and a drop. The match was defined at the end, with a penalty from the former Bordeaux player, Benjamin Botica, who replaced Urdapilleta in the 52nd minute.

Brive 36 – 15 Perpignan (Saturday)
Brive did not give Perpignan the best welcome on their return to the French Top 14. With the presence of Axel Muller, the winners settled things in the first half. The two tries supported by Tevita Ratuva and Enzo Hervre, who also contributed two conversions, a drop and three penalties, made a clear difference (26 to 9) that was irrecoverable for the yellow and red jerseys. In addition, Brive continued to manage the match times and widened the margin with a new conquest of Setareki Bituniyata and a solid defense that kept the ingoal invulnerable.

Stade Francais 21-36 Racing 92 (Saturday)
The highlight of Saturday’s day was starred in Stade Francais and Racing 92. In this Parisian classic at the start of the season, the Albiceleste team triumphed comfortably, marking differences based on the efficiency of their kickers and managed to go to rest 20- 6 above. Despite the reaction of Stade Francais in the complement, Racing 92 knew how to maintain control of the match and, with a try and a penalty in 5 minutes, marked definitive distances. Great performance by Juan Imhoff, who starred in one of the best individual plays, which culminated in the Taoififenua try, on the first date of this new edition of the Top 14.

Lyon 28-19 Clermont (Sunday)
Clermont dominated the scoring for much of the first half but with five minutes to go to break, Dumortier turned the story around for his team with two tries. The complement continued with the superiority of Lyon, and an overwhelmed visit as far as the game is concerned. In this way, the local secured the hard-fought victory. Additionally, Clermont’s Morgan Parra became the team’s most effective kicker, with 42 consecutive successful kicks, surpassing Brock James, with 41 in 2009.

La Rochelle 16-20 Toulouse (Sunday)
In a very even match and recalling the last final played in the Top 14, Toulouse was left with a very important victory to start the tournament on the right foot. They beat La Rochelle 20-16 as a visitor, emulating the result of the defining match. The match was very close where both teams did not have the necessary weapons to reach the try on several occasions. On the side of La Rochelle, only Jules Favre could score, while for Toulouse the conquest was made by Romain Ntamack. The home team was badly damaged as midway through the second half and with the result in favor, Will Skelton was red card for a hard tackle.


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