The Maritimes will have a hard time facing four-time European champion Leinster, who will have only one goal in the Stade Vélodrome: the equation for the five continental titles at Stade Toulousain., who was crushed by the Irish on Saturday in Dublin (40-17) in another semi-final match. But until then, it’s back in the top 14, with a French Stade La Rochelle receiving next Saturday and a trip to Montpellier for the 92nd race. The meeting is disjointed, even chaotic, truncated by numerous mistakes (nearly 31 penalties in total!) and downtime, He was not in the semi-finals the day before at Aviva Stadium.
The two teams, both looking for a first European star on their shirt, do not have the same pedigree: if Ile-de-France have been a final, three times (2016, 2018, 2020), only the Maritimes live their second campaign in the Champions Cup. Last year, the club in La Caravelle, which reached the final of the European Challenge in 2019, advanced to the European Cup final, losing to Stade Toulouse, before losing again to Rouge and Noire in the final of the Top 14.
On May 28 in Marseille, Rocilla will have a new opportunity to embody their impressive dynamics for a few seasons, because as Victor Vito said their New Zealand third streak again this week, all of these finals are well and good, but “We haven’t won anything yet!However, the Rochelle are hungry, very thirsty for a title. And as this year in the league, it achieves less than last season (7, 62 points), so why not believe in Europe?
Wetness and cramps
The meeting, which was not full, only 15,522 spectators made the trip to the half-empty Bollaert-Dellis Stadium, was held in hot and humid weather that hit the bodies, causing cramps and a slowdown in the match. Minute that contrary to the course of the match, Racing 92 scored the first attempt of the match, through its international center Ferimi Vakatawa (10-0). Rochelle, after several times in the five-meter Ile-de-France, ended up rewarding their dominance, thanks to an attempt by their leader, third line Grégory Alldritt, before the break (10-8). Returning from the locker room, with Racing 92 outnumbered after prostitute Camille Schatt’s yellow card, the Maritimes took advantage of a whistle penalty kick from England referee Matthew Carly, along with a second yellow card to Racingman Ladies Gomez SA.
Ile-de-France, who was reduced to 13 and led (13-15) for the first time in the meeting, could have regained the advantage if Nolann Le Garrec had not missed two penalties in quick succession. The second half, disjointed, even chaotic, saved only in this last-minute attempt at New Zealand’s opener of La Rochelle, Ihiya West, unhappy in front of the poles (two penalties and a failed transfer), relieved to finish his performance in this way.
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