A new day full of lessons and emotions for French rugby. The 22nd day of the Top 14 was marked by Biarritz’s tribute to the late Federico Martin Aramburu, the former Biarritz player who was assassinated in Paris on March 19, before the club’s defeat (19-42 against the Paloise division) rushed into Pro D2. Lastly, the US Football Association suffered a new defeat in front of the leaders of Montpellier (13-23), and the Catalans lost the opportunity to return to Brive.
For Toulouse, it was not a good time to party in Castries. Tarney returned to lead over Rouge and Noire in the standings after their victory (19-13). During the day, Claremont Brave was largely knocked out (41-10) and returned to one point in the top six. Finally, Toulon also re-established itself with success in Lyon (10-43). On Bordeaux night, La Rochelle came seeking a last-gasp win for second place in the top 14 places (15-16). Important information: The Paris derby between Racing 92 and Stade de France will take place on Sunday evening, and some cards can be modified.
Touching tribute to Aramburu ahead of Biarritz defeat
Emotions were heavy this afternoon in the Basque Country. At the Parc des Sports d’Aguiléra, the rugby world paid tribute to former Biarritz Olympique star, Federico Martin Aramburu, who was murdered on March 19 in Paris. As if the head was elsewhere, thoughts turned toward the former Argentine center of three quarters, and the Biarrots were unable to reverse against the Paloise division.
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In a lively match, manifested in the eight attempts scored in 80 minutes, the Basques failed to meet the challenge posed by Barnier. Because, at halftime, the locals fell 23-0, like a shipwreck. Even if the ship finds its hull in the second period under the command of Lucas Peresblanques, the author of Two Attempts, the soundtrack cannot capture the outcome.
The second term (19-19) wasn’t enough for the Red and Greens who lost (19-42) and put a few bars in Pro D2 eighteen points behind CA Brive, twelfth. For its part, the division did a good job and advanced to tenth place, five points behind Lyon, who was sixth.
The disappointment of Antoine Dupont and Toulouse
‘We are not at the most we can do’, immediately regrets the person who is now the captain of the Stade Toulouse. The 19-13 defeat in Castries weighs heavily on the heads of the Haute-Garonne players. “In terms of consistency, involvement, and offensive dimension… I think we could do a lot better. We didn’t show our best faces today, even if we were there in intensity, commitment and mentality. But it is not enough.”
With this new setback, their tenth this season, they are now fifth in the standings. “In the position we will occupy in the standings, we will not have much room for error in the four league games that are to come. From an accounting point of view, we will not have any rest at the end of the season, so hopefully the whole squad will be in good shape and involved until the end.” Ugo Mola players will have to refocus on European Cup next weekend, their match against Ulster.
Toulon outperforms Lyon and still believes in play-offs
At Stade Gerland in Lyon, the weeks follow each other and look the same. Against Touloni Racing Club, LOU did not find the resources to shine and had to suffer defeat, the third in a row. After setbacks against Clermont and Toulouse, Rodanian continues to slide down the standings and are now sixth. Because in return, Toulonnais arrived in full swing and confirmed its renewal.
If the first period was suspended by a small point in Varroa’s favor at the break, the second was a long, calm river for his teammates Gabin Villière, test author. At the final whistle, Frank Aziz’s players signed their fourth improved success in five matches (10-43) and continued their rise in the standings. They are back in the wake of their opponents today, only three playoff units.
La Rochelle Bordeaux-Bègles pays on gong
What a thrill! At the Chaban-Delmas stadium, Bordeaux supporters saw their team making a mistake in the last minute of the match. And in practice, New Zealander Ihiya West did not shiver and provided little success (15-16) but nonetheless essential to La Rochelle. Because with this success, the Maritimes climbed to third place, tied with Castres Olympique.
Heroic and united, in a high-intensity match, yellow and black won after the siren in the parkTweet embedThanks for the penalty kick from Yehia West!!! # obser # Top 14 #SRFever pic.twitter.com/cK40iDfMiH
– Stade Rochelais (staderochelais) April 2, 2022
These types of confrontations are played on detail. The teammates of Maxime Loko, Girondins’ only evening scorer (five penalties), suffered from this, and while they were advancing thanks to their international half, the foul completely shuffled the cards until the demolition of Bordeaux Castle. The result: Christophe Eurios let Montpellier slip away from the top 14, up by five units and receiving their fourth loss in five matches.
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