The 4th date of the Top 14 in France with a South American presence and with triumphs for those who are in the lower part of the table. The day began with the victory of Stade Francais – he played the whole game with one man less – against Castres, who was attended by the Uruguayan Santiago Arata within the headlines. In turn, La Rochelle, who was in last place at the start of the day, defeated the recently promoted Biarritz. In addition, Bordeaux widely outperformed Brive and Ignacio Calles entered the second half of Pau’s 23-22 narrow win over Montpellier.
Secondly, Juan Imhoff was a starter in the victory of Racing 92 against Lyon and Martin Landajo came from the bench in Perpignan’s victory over Toulon. On Sunday the leader Toulouse and Clermont will complete the date.
STADE FRANCAIS 34-10 CASTRES (Saturday)
Stade Francais got a home win. Gonzalo Quesada’s team, who had not won in the tournament, faced Castres, one of the teams closely pursuing Toulouse. This scene seemed to darken when at 2 minutes, Paul Alo-Emile saw the red for a high tackle. However, the Parisian team managed to prevail, scoring with a penalty try and a converted penalty. Despite playing with one less, Stade Francais kept his composure and Castres struggled to break through the defensive wall. Through the precision of their kickers, Segonds and Hall, the local took advantage and was left with the victory.
BORDEUX 29-10 BRIVE (Saturday)
Bordeux knew how to react at halftime and stay with the victory at home. After going 10-9 down at half-time, the local won and gave a monologue in attack, which had three entries to the ingoal, two tries from Lam and one from Mori, and a penalty and conversion from Jalibert, who unlike From the first half he began to waver in his precision. It was a comfortable victory for Bordeux who settled into the lot of the first.
LA ROCHELLE 59-17 BIARRITZ (Saturday)
The runner-up, before his audience, managed to get up from a bad start to the season and thrashed Biarritz, who last date took the unbeaten from Racing 92. With a brutal first half -33 to 0- La Rochelle made a difference and dedicated himself to enjoy the game. Biarritz’s reaction at the beginning of the complement, including a try and a penalty, did not seem to unnerve the locals, who responded fiercely, scoring four more tries and stretching the lead to unattainable heights. It was a necessary win for the homeowner, who finally managed to get his first win in this Top 14.
PAU 23-22 MONTPELLIER (Saturday)
Pau, who had Ignacio Calles entering from the bank, managed to turn the result around and win at home against Montpellier. The visitor took advantage before going to rest and seemed better planted for the second half, which was for others blocked and gave a final for the heart attack. With only 10 minutes to go, both teams shared two tries per side, the last of these signed by Tauleigne for Montpellier. With no time left on the clock, the result favored the local by the least and it was time for the conversion by Garbisi. It was a mistake of the 10 visitor and victory for Pau.
RACING 92 24-20 LYON (Saturday)
The Parisian team had Juan Imhoff among the XV starters and soon took the lead with tries from Fickou, Chat and Diallo during the initial fifteen minutes. At the end of the first stage, Lyon opened his scoring with a try from Mayanavanua and then repeated the same in the complement with Couilloud. From there, both teams added points with kicks to the sticks and the victory was left to the local side.
PERPIGNAN 12-9 TOULON (Saturday)
The first half only had a successful penalty from Toulon with Carbonel’s foot. When they returned from halftime, the story did not change too much since both also added thanks to the order of clubs. From this, Jaminet converted the twelve points of his team, while Carbonel scored again on two occasions, ending a game in which no major differences were made.