Sunday, September 15, 2019

Top 14 - BtN, OtW:

Top 14 Wrap

Home Happy: Agen, Bayonne, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lyon, Toulon;
     Road Warriors: Pau

As the 20 best rugby nations of the world prepare for the imminent commencement of the organized hostile actions that will comprise 2019 Rugby World Cup on the Home Islands of Japan, a little pro league known by a number of monikers and played in France, rocks on. These venues and these dates are the places and times of youthful emergence and maybe those veterans at career-sunset getting their final pops.

On the Weekend, By the Numbers

13           for La Rochelle 10, Ihaia West, on 2-and-3 off the tee and home team got the better of reigning champions, Toulouse, at the Marcel Deflandre 28-13;

9             - try, 1st-placed Lyon upended 2019 promotee, Brive, at Stade Gerland, 59-3; 1 hat-trick of trys for 15, Toby Arnold, inside the first 35 minutes and a brace for his back-three mate, Xavier Mignot, in the beating;

22           for Pau 10, Colin Slade, on a triple of 4-3-1 and last season’s runnersup, Clermont, tasted 27-38 unhappy meal at home in the Michelin; homeboys never led in defeat;

14           in the account of Bayonne 10, Brandon Fajardo, on 4 first forty penalties and the conversion of a grounding by 21 years old 15, Aymeric Luc in the 27-17 joy over Castres at the Jean Dauger;

3              second stanza yellows as the match careered out of control for a bit, though outcome not ever in doubt for Bordeaux Bègles at home and 52-3 the outcome over Stade Français at Chaban-Delmas; number 1 for Stade and number 3 for Bordeaux took each other out in the 50th for the 10-minute respite;

19           by Agen 10, Raphaël Lagarde, on a 1-4-1 triple to knock back Montpellier at Stade Armandie, 29-10, in victory that vaulted them from cellar depths up and into mid-pack in the contentious competition;

13           points halftime advantage, 23-10, nearly lost - which surely would have made Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal’s head explode in a column of fire, brimstone and “Pilou-pilou!” - but end of day, held onto only just and 32-29 the final over Racing 92 at the Felix Mayol;

Upcomes Round 5: though the 14 take a week break as nod to 2019 RWC, but they’re hard after it in a fortnight and RWC be durned!

                Saturday, 9.28:
                                Brive (4) v (9) Toulon at Amédée Domenech;
                                Bayonne (9) v (8) La Rochelle at Jean Dauger;
                                Castres (5) v (8) Agen  at Pierre Fabre;
                                Toulouse (5) v (12) Pau at Ernest Wallon;
                                Racing 92 (6) v (18) Lyon at La Défense;

                Sunday, 9.29:
                                Montpellier (10) v (18) Bordeaux Bègles at the Altrad;
                                Stade Français (5) v (8) Clermont at Jean-Bouin;

Links to RMR Forms

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