Top 14: Gómez Kodela and Imhoff were present in the triumphs of Lyon and Racing 92


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Top 14: Gómez Kodela and Imhoff were present in the triumphs of Lyon and Racing 92

The sixth date of the Top 14 began with the fall of Biarritz to Lyon, which had among its headlines Francisco Gomez Kodela. Then Bordeaux and Racing 92 had positive performances by beating Montpellier and Perpignan respectively. Argentines Juan Imhoff, Jerónimo De La Fuente, Benjamín Urdapilleta, Lucas Paulos and Axel Muller were part of the initial XV of their teams, while Thomas Cubelli entered and debuted in Biarritz.

BIARRITZ 5-40 LYON (Saturday)
Lyon’s dominance was relentless from the first minute. The visitors hit with two line play tries to quickly gain an advantage, which they would never let go of. It was a monologue of the visit, which had great performances by Couilloud, who scored three tries in the complement, and by Berdeu, who also managed to support the opposite. For his part, Tomás Cubelli entered the second half but the Argentine could do little, who, after overcoming an operation on his wrist, made his official debut with Biarritz.

BORDEAUX 27-23 MONTPELLIER (Saturday)
The locals moved quickly and opened the scoring after six minutes with a Hulleu try, a way to score points that would be repeated twice throughout the first half. Montpellier, which until now had added from penalties, came close on the scoreboard with two tries but was not enough to win the tight match.

RACING 92 17-14 PERPIGNAN (Saturday)
A game with an Argentine presence: Juan Imhoff started as a starter at the premises, while Jerónimo De La Fuente and Patricio Fernández started the visit. After a first half that ended 0-0, the emotions arrived in the complement. For the Parisian team, a penalty by Teddy Iribaren and tries by Ibou Diallo, converted by Nolann Le Garrec, and by Antoine Gibert, converted by himself. In the Catalan team, the conquests went to Matteo Rodor and Lucas Velarte, both converted by Rodor.

LA ROCHELLE 29-10 CASTRES (Saturday)
La Rochelle began with the dominance of the ball. Pierre Popelin was the magic card of the local team for no truce against Castres. The opener hit four first-half penalties and a conversion, with an excellent try from Pierre Bourgarit. For their part, with a blocked game and kicks all over the court, the rivals could not consolidate themselves on the court. They were, by and large, surpassed by La Rochelle. In the second half, the locals continued to dominate the game. Greg Alldritt was in charge of sentencing the victory for those led by Ronan O’Gara. However, to discount, Thomas Combezou supported the only try for the visitors. Benjamin Urdapilleta started, played all 80 minutes, scored six points and was booked before the end of the first half.

TOULOUSE 38-10 PAU (Saturday)
Nothing seems to stop the champion. Toulouse became strong at home and managed to recover after a first half dominated by Pau, who through Deabes took a 7-0 lead. However, this surprising start for the current leader of the tournament did not happen to majors. The foot of Ntamack and the tries Medard, Jelonch (2), Rory Arnold and Baille roundly changed the story in favor of the local.

TOULON 13-9 BRIVE (Saturday)
Toulon played a round match from end to end and won at home against Brive, who had Lucas Paulos and Axel Muller in the XV. The Argentine team could not contain the physical and exhausting game of its rival, who spent most of the game playing with possession, and many times in the opposite field. Although it was not a game with many points, Toulon’s dominance was total.


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