14th place: Montpellier solid on the podium

La Rochelle striker, Ihiya West, against Leon Oye, on December 27, 2021 in 14th place.

Montpellier took their place on the podium successfully midway through Biarritz and La Rochelle beat Lyon on Monday at the end of the 13th day of the Top 14, deeply disturbed by the resurgence of Covid-19 infections.

Instead of seven matches, rugby fans had to settle for three matches after successive postponements, including the confrontation between the two-time French champions Stade Toulouse, and the French stadium on Sunday after injuries in the ranks of the Parisian team.

The day after the tongs’ victory from Castres to Perpignan (20-19), the only match played on Sunday during Boxing Day, Montpellier and then La Rochelle pulled all stops by offering each other enhanced success.

Herault’s team achieved their sixth success in a row (27-12), and the second in a row with the offensive bonus, which allows them to pounce on the leading duo. MHR is back at equal points (40) with Toulouse, in second place, and just two units behind Bordeaux-Bègles, a leader surrounded by Covid-19 positive cases and forced to postpone his trip to Toulon.

Lots of winning streaks, this hasn’t happened in Montpellier since seven wins combined between February and April 2016. Philippe Saint-Andre’s men managed to be realistic despite their lack of discipline and spent half an hour in numerical inferiority after the red card. In the second grade Bastien Chaluru.

“Nothing was easy. We must congratulate the Biarrots who did not let go of their hands,” replied the former coach of the 15th French national team (2011-2015).

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A long pause, this match turned in Hérolte’s favour with a quarter of an hour left when Vincent Ratiz went into the corner in the second Visiting Test, on PSA’s first real initiative during the second quarter. (20-12).

This test, after the test by Handry Pollard in the first period, cut off the legs of the Biarrots, which Brett Herron’s boot (4 kicks) but sterile Dominators, unable to undermine the opponent’s defense united in combat. The dominant Masivesi Dakuwaqa (76) led the point, allowing Club Mohamed El Trad to join Toulouse in the standings.

– La Rochelle IV –

Stade Rochelles won two places to move up to fourth, ahead of Custer after beating Lyon (25-3), who are now sixth. Amid the downpour, the Maritimes showed their home edge with their sixth straight league win at Marcel-Deflandre.

Moving on in honor of international third-tier Kevin Gordon, who was forced to abruptly halt his career at the age of 31 due to a heart problem, Al-Rucelli dominated the first half (13-3), thanks to a test from the third midfield of Blues Gregory Aldert. , very clear, the success of New Zealand’s inaugural Ihaia West in front of the poles.

Then the second row Thomas Lafault and the third collective attempt, finally attributed to the deterministic Aldrett, allowed Rochelle to guarantee the reward. Before noon Lyonnais’ Brice Dulin prevents Ethan Dumortier from flattening.

The next meeting of the marine boats: from Sunday in Castres on the occasion of the fourteenth day. It is scheduled to start on Saturday in particular with a confrontation between Claremont and Toulouse stadium, hoping that the tournament will avoid the virus this time.

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Clubs will still be able to take advantage of full stadiums. Because January 3 will be marked by the return of scales, set at 5,000 spectators outside “to slow down the Omicron variant,” the government announced Monday evening. This is for a period of three weeks.

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