Last season’s European vice-champion La Rochelle began his Champions Cup journey with a painful victory over the Glasgow Warriors (20-13), who brought back the defensive reward for their trip to the Charente.
La Rochelle happily returns to the Champions Cup. In an unhappy last season against Toulouse, Ronan O’Gara’s players erased the memory of the conceded defeat last weekend in the top 14 in the Paris Stade Francis park after a successful start. But, facing the Glasgow Warriors, the start of the game was more complicated for the Maritimes. Indeed, it was the Scots who opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a penalty kick from Ross Thompson, after being entered by Roman Sze on a carried ball. The Warriors’ top scorer doubled a quarter-hour of play, and improved without the offside whistle trembling against Pierre Bourget. The sky fell a bit on the heads of the Rucelli when Arthur Ritter had to leave the grass in the 24th minuteHe was evacuated on a stretcher after sustaining a knee injury.
never left Glasgow
Fortunately for Stade Rochelais, Ross Thompson missed a midfield goal shortly before the half-hour mark. At that time, Ronan’s mother-in-law O’Gara found the keys to challenging Glasgow’s defense. Five meters away, Rochelle placed a portable ball that set the stage for Reza Wardi. The mainstay didn’t miss the chance of flatness before seeing Ihaia West put his team in front of the scoreboard. The gap in the second half even reached four points thanks to a penalty kick from the New Zealand striker. Success did not continue after returning from the locker room, the future Toulon player missed the boat in the 47th minute. A chance that Al Rochelle could have regretted. Indeed, four minutes later, Josh McKay returned the lead to the Warriors.. Present at the end of the streak after a quick game abroad, the back of the Scottish side managed to flatten out with difficulty to give his team three steps forward.
La Rochelle secures victory
However, the wind quickly changed direction with a yellow card received by Rory Darg after a foul on a carried ball.. Outnumbered benefited by La Rochelle in just two minutes. Restricted playing time Thanks to the forwards, the Charente club managed to unbalance the Scottish defense. Uniting perfectly with Grégory Alldritt, Eneriko Buliruarua allowed his team to reclaim the lead in a score of just over 20 minutes from the siren. In the process, Ihaia West gave more confidence to La Rochelle, and the gap was passed to a diverted bid.. Rochelais continued their work of undercut but lacked subtlety in the last gesture, Victor Vito missing a test opportunity ten minutes after the end of the meeting on a striker. The defensive bonus appeared, the warriors tried to get a tie in the last action but without success. Without necessarily convincing, La Rochelle launched their European season with great success at home (20-13) and moved into the leading group in Pool A.
Cup Champions – Billiards / Day 1
Friday December 10 2021
Northampton Saints – Race 92 : 14-45
Saturday 11 December 2021
Leinster – Bath: 45 – 20
Clermont – Ulster : 23-29
Heads of Exeter – Montpellier: 42-6
Sunday 12 December 2021
Ospreys – Selling sharks : 13-21
La Rochelle – Glasgow Warriors: 20-13
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