This Saturday the ninth started France Top 14 date. In the first round of matches, duels were experienced by other even, among them, the adjusted victory of the Castres from Benjamin Urdapilleta 23-22 against Brive from Lucas paulos and Axel mulller and the victory of Toloun from Facundo Isa -which scored the only try of the match – 13-9 against him Biarritz from Thomas Cubelli .
What’s more, La Rochelle fell by 22-13 before Perpignan in a duel with a lot of Argentine presence and the Stade Francais, that suffered Nicolás Sánchez’s injury, was defeated 18-9 by Pau. Bordeaux beat Clermont, with a try by Santiago Cordero, 25-9. Finally, on Sunday Racing 92 will face Toulouse.
TOULOUN 13-9 BIARRITZ (Saturday)
In a duel with an Argentine presence, Toulon managed to recover from the defeat suffered against La Rochelle last date and, in an extremely tight match, returned to the path of victory against Biarritz. The meeting started smoothly from the result to the appearance of Facundo Isa. The third row, who came in from the bench, signed the only try of the match, which gave the locals just enough advantage to win. In the last minutes, Biarritz – which had Tomás Cubelli from the start – approached the scoreboard through the foot of Perraux. However, the good defensive work of Toulon tournament was enough for the comeback could not be consummated and for the local to go away victorious.
CASTRES 23-22 BRIVE (Saturday)
In another of the even matches of the date, Castres beat Brive – who had Lucas Paulos and Axel Muller among his ranks – by just one point. The local started in the best way, marking differences in the first half thanks to the precision of Benajmín Urdapilleta and Chilavacha’s try. However, the add-on would be a totally different story. Determined since his return to the field, Brive shortened distances thanks to the foot of Abzhandadze. When it seemed that the match could be taken over by the visitor, Palis’s try arrived, which gave Castres a slightly more comfortable lead. Already in the final 15 minutes, Brive managed to close the gap with a conquest by Tournebize and a penalty by Abzhandaze. It was not enough for Brive, who was left empty-handed before the third of the Top 14.
PERPIGNAN 22-13 LA ROCHELLE (Saturday)
Perpignan surprised and was left with an away win against a rising La Rochelle. As could be anticipated, the beginning of the duel found the visitor better off, generating errors in the premises. However, West’s poor aim made it impossible to open the scoreboard. This came only at the end of the first half through Taumoepeau, who would be in charge of supporting twice more in the second half. With a really bad result, La Rochelle did not give up and went for the comeback. First with a try by Facundo Bosch and then with another conquest by Leyds three minutes from the end. Despite being within range, West’s imprecision, which ended with three errors, left La Rochelle with no chance of tying him on the last play.
PAU 18-9 STADE FRANCAIS (Saturday)
In a match that would have Argentine assistance in both teams, the first to break zero, with a penalty, would be Nicolás Sanchez for Stade Francais and quickly Zack Henry using the same route would convert twice. The entire first half was very close and no differences were made, at the end of this stage the Argentine 10 appeared again to equalize a match where the rain in Paris did not allow the game to be fair. In the final minutes, Pau’s opening converted a penalty to go into halftime with an advantage. At 14 of the complement, the opening of Los Pumas was replaced by a strong blow and in its place Joris Segonds entered, who a few minutes later converted a penalty and equalized the score at 9. However, Pau took advantage of three penalties in a row to stretch the difference. With this victory, they are just a few points from the international cup area, while the team led by Gonzalo Quesada remained in the last positions.
MONTPELLIER 30 – 8 LYON (Saturday)
A decisive game thinking about the first positions, this is how it was lived at the beginning with the actions that were measured and would be resolved with errors from each team. On the one hand Paolo Garbisi opened the scoring for the local with an accessible penalty, but quickly by the same route Jonathan Pelissie did the same and equalized. However, Handre Pollard with a 52-meter penalty widened the difference, although the Italian opening soon did the same for the local to win 12 to 3. Then Lyon had two yellows in a span of three minutes. Montpellier was far superior, closing the start with a penalty try and a victory by Jacobus Reinach. The complement was opened with a penalty try again, the local stretched the advantage 30 to 3 and kept the game.
BORDEAUX 25 – CLERMONT 9 (Saturday)
Bordeaux outperformed Clermont in almost all facets of play and meeting points. In just six minutes into the game, the first try appeared on the flag for the locals. However, after a series of penalties in favor of the visit, he put them 6 to 5 at the end of the first half. In the second part the spaces for the premises appeared and they knew how to capitalize on the points. Santiago Cordero scored a try on his personal account and helped give them the win.