A victory and already an Azéma effect?
Phew! After several complicated weeks, marked by a sling of supporters and a change of coach, Toulon won for the third time of the season, Saturday, ahead of Biarritz (13-9).
He was not on the bench on Saturday, but Franck Azéma, appointed coach the day before in place of Patrice Collazo, has already made the RCT smile. Toulon, carried by his Argentinian Facundo Isa, climbed to 11th place after his difficult success.
Returning from Marcoussis on Wednesday, back Aymeric Luc celebrated his Basque reunion by being essential, both in the foot game and in defense, confiscating the ball from a courageous but too undisciplined BO team.
La Rochelle punished by the realism of Perpignan
Archi-dominated territorially, deprived of balloons, Perpignan gave a lesson in realism in La Rochelle (22-13) on Saturday. After three successes in a row, La Rochelle, yet dominating, has tripped over the carpet. Too clumsy, the Maritimes missed the opportunity to climb on the podium.
Better, carried by a hat-trick from their three-quarter Australian center Afusipa Taumoepeau, the Catalans, formidable efficiency, drop the last place in the BO.
Lou, and is-you?
A week after falling in front of the French Stadium, Lyon has not regained color. Worse, unable to react in the Hérault, the Lou sank in front of Montpellier (30-8).
With four yellow cards (Regard, Haabeche, Niniashvili, Lambey), Pierre Mignoni’s men, as clumsy as they are unruly, have never been able to worry the MHR, which is now in 5th place.
Pau and Castres relieved
In the other meetings of the day, Castres somehow resisted the return of Brive to narrowly win (23-22). Relentless in scrum, the CO remain undefeated at home this season.
For his part, Pau, in lack of confidence, found the taste of victory at the expense of an unruly Stade Français (18-9) and thanks to his striker Zack Henry. The English full-back, replaced at the opening and visibly comfortable in the rain, scored his team’s 18 points, including nine in the last twelve minutes to put an end to a negative streak of three consecutive defeats.
Bordeaux-Bègles takes the lead
The Bordelais won this Saturday against Clermont 25-9. With this enhanced success, the UBB is provisionally back to first place in the standings before the Sunday night match, which will pit Racing 92 against Toulouse.