La Rochelle-Pau: 21-38
This is one of the big hits of this 9th day of the championship. Pau, 13th and penultimate before kick-off beat La Rochelle, 3rd before the meeting and reigning European champion (21-38), on his lawn, moreover. The Béarnais took advantage of La Rochelle approximations in the first half to score two tries by Reilhac (18th), on a misunderstanding between Rhule and Dulin, then Gailleton (32nd) following an interception by Jordan Joseph. In response, La Rochelle also scored two tries, by Paiva in force (28th) then by Leyds at the end of the line (35th) to bring the Maritimes back to 14-17 at the break.
Returning with the same intentions, the Palois punished the Rochelais twice at the start of the second half by the inevitable Émilien Gailleton after a low kick from Zack Henry (14-22, 43rd), then by Jordan Joseph two minutes later on a carried ball (14-29, 45th). The reaction of Ronan O’Gara’s men by Mathias Haddad (21-29, 50th), was not going to be enough to make up for their indiscipline and the points scored on foot by Zack Henry, who scored three penalties in the last ten minutes to secure the victory of his people.
Montpellier – Stade Français: 23-19
After four defeats in a row (Toulouse, Castres, Lyon and Racing 92), Montpellier revived against Stade Français at the GGL Stadium. But it was laborious for the champion, who although having raced in the lead after a try from Bécognée (7-0, 7th), remained until the end under pressure from eye-catching Parisians (10-6 at the break ). A corner try from Rattez (20-6, 53rd) seemed to give the MHR some air but the Parisians responded with the overpowering Van Der Mescht (20-13, 61st).
Stade Français had opportunities to possibly go for a draw but lacked realism in the last twenty minutes against feverish locals, especially in touch (nine balls lost!). The Parisians still won a defensive bonus thanks to a penalty from Segonds in the 80th + 2 (23-19). Thanks to this success, Montpellier, eleventh at kick-off, takes a little breather while the Stade Français temporarily retains second place.
Brive-Racing 92: 38-43
Not all defeats have the same pain. Yesterday, at the Amédée Domenech stadium, the Brive supporters, who had been rather mistreated for a few days, did not see their favorites win, nor even their situation improve in the standings, but they at least found some colors in a perfectly crazy meeting.
Led 26-10 by Racing 92 (52nd) and again put in difficulty in defense, the men of Arnaud Méla finally scored 5 tries in total, including 4 in the last twenty minutes, against Ile-de-France residents who are still struggling so much at finish their match correctly. Enough to snatch a defensive bonus point as a micro consolation, but insufficient to escape last place in the standings. The Sky and White, them, offer their first success outside of the season.
The atmosphere was unbearable this Saturday evening in the bays of Aimé-Giral, but despite a less controlled end to the match, Sadek Deghmache’s partners managed to overcome the LOU players (28-21). The first victory for the Sang et Or against the Lyonnais after ten years of failure. A success built in the first half, thanks in particular to a Tristan Tedder in all the right moves. Reduced to 14 after a yellow-orange tackle from Tom Ecochard (18th) on Niniashvili, the Catalans paradoxically accelerated the game to find flaws in the Lyon defense. It was Mathieu Acebes, the Catalan captain, who scored his first try with determination (22nd), before Tedder also went there with his own try (26th, 15-0).
The Lyonnais will react thanks to the power of their forwards before half-time (15-7), but the Perpignanais were able to continue their good operation thanks to two penalties from Tedder (47th, 78th) and a converted try from Deghmache (50th) . The Lyonnais rectified the situation thanks to two tries from Tuisova (55th) and Regard (65th), but unlike Bayonne, this time the Catalans were able to resist this time. With this precious victory, the players of David Marty give up the last place of the Top 14 to the Brivistes.