This game will be “a personality and character test”, insisted Xavier Garbajosa. From the outset, the Lyonnais settled in the Brive camp and remained there practically throughout the first period. The LOU largely dominated the debates, they held the ball to play while advancing, scored two tries by Botha (22nd) and Arnold (34th) but inaccuracies and the aggressive defense of Brive prevented them from taking off, especially since the CA who had opened the scoring by Esteban Abadie played each counter thoroughly and scored each time he ventured into the Lyon camp (13-17 at the break).
Same scenario in the second half with Lyon who thought of escaping definitively with an interception and a try from Kpoku (52). But Lee fought back and kept his team alive on the hour mark. Saginadze breathed new life into the arch-dominant LOU who was able to aim for the offensive bonus. But on the contrary, it was a penalty try after the siren that allowed the Brivistes to snatch the defensive bonus point (27-31).
Still in the run-in, Toulon struggled to get into this first Top 14 match against the promoted Bayonnais. Apathetic during the first period, surprised at the start by the sparkle of the Basques who came to Mayol with great desire to play (try by Jacquelin, 3rd), the Varois returned to the locker room, led, with a score of 14-18. Toulon resumed forward motion thanks to their South African third line Du Preez (48th, 19-25) who flattened behind a carried ball, following a touch.
Five minutes later, on an identical phase of play, it was Teddy Baubigny who offered his first try (54th, 26-25). In the 56th, the Var coaches Mignoni and Azema changed their second line: Alainu’uese and Rebbadj gave way to Tanguy and Timani. The renewed power materialized with a try from Ollivon (61st), then another from Cordin (63rd). Toulon won with a flattering score (40-25) with five tries and one certainty: there is still work to do.
Stade Français – Clermont: 24-18
After a slightly insipid first period where the scorers were, moreover, not successful (8-6), the meeting was somewhat carried away in the second act. When Habel-Küffner scored a try on a personal number (44th) and opener Joris Segonds worsened the score on foot (50th), we thought that the fate of this match was being played out (18- 6). Four minutes later, second-line Baptiste Pesenti received a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. Ten minutes is the time it took ASM to catch up.
First by a try from center Samuel Ezeala (57th) then a second from hooker Yohan Beheregaray (62nd). The score was then 18-18. Not illogical despite superior possession for the visitors. But again at fifteen against fifteen, it was Stade Français who finished the game better. Thanks to two penalties from Segonds (72nd and 77th), the capital club finally won with difficulty to start its season (24-18).
The Béarnais suffered to win, trailing between the 49th and 78th minutes. They went for this success on the wire, Joseph scoring a try in the 74th, converted by Henry, who added a penalty goal at the end of the game (78th) to tip the score. The Pau opener had previously been the unfortunate hero of this long uncertain meeting when he saw his pass intercepted by his vis-à-vis, a stabbing test (49th) which allowed USAP to dream of a victory on the move. entry into the Championship.
But indiscipline was fatal to the Catalans, reduced to thirteen at the end of the match which they no longer controlled, unlike the first period which, very poor in points (3-0 for Pau at the break), was to their advantage. An arbitration decision against USAP – the referee did not call a red card against a Pau player guilty of dangerous play in the 28th minute – could cause a little ink to flow, but in the end, Perpignan did not was able to maintain a deserved advantage (6-14) on the hour mark.