At two speeds: while Lyon and Bordeaux-Bègles, who already lead the ranks, face Saturday night for the throne as part of the 6th day of Top 14, Parisian clubs are struggling to the bottom of the rankings.
They walk on the Top 14: the LOU and UBB, the only two teams still unbeaten in the league this season, will oppose for the leading position Saturday (20:45) in Gerland.
The task looks daunting for the Girondins, who come out of a draw in Montpellier after an average performance (17-17), and who have mostly lost in the Herault opener Matthieu Jalibert and hooker Clément Maynadier, wounded.
The key to the match should be in front of: undisciplined, the UBB has suffered a lot in touches and scrums face the power pack Montpellier. Either exactly the forces of Lyon, intractable defense and qualified "castle" by the UBB coach Christophe Urios.
If she completed the first block with a satisfactory record of 4 wins (including 3 at home), she started in Montpellier by a draw a series of delicate moves through Lyon Saturday and Brive.
Lyon, for its part, continues its inexorable march forward. The undisputed best team in the first quarter of the championship was again last Saturday in Nanterre, defeating the field of Racing 92 (31-20).
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With this setback, Racing plunges even more. Like their neighbors Stade Francais, good last, the Racingmen, who are ahead of a small point on the board, are very disappointing since the start of the championship.
For proof: Racing 92 and Stade Français are the only two Top 14 teams to have won only one match since the restart, respectively against Castres (23-14) and against Bayonne (33-27).
The two Parisian clubs are struggling to find a market order after upheavals in the frames.
Corned for five seasons by the Doubles of the Laurent, Travers and Labit, the 2016 French Champion and finalist of the 2018 European Cup is struggling to regain its cruising speed since Laurent Labit has agreed to join the French team , and will have to find the key in Pau Sunday (12h30).
It's worse in the red lantern: relegated to the last place in the Top 14 after his defeat at home Sunday against Clermont (18-32), Stade Français knows some internal turmoil.
Installed by President Hans-Peter Wiel but put under pressure by the mediocre results, the "positive" South African coach Heyneke Meyer claimed to be supported by his leader after the rout at home against Clermont.
"He supports the system, he supports us and he supports me (...) We are on the right track, if you look at the standings, there is only one or two matches (of difference) between the 3rd and the 13th, "tried to temper Meyer on Sunday.
The former coach of the Springboks project has interest in bearing fruit quickly, starting with the difficult trip to Castres Saturday (18:00).
To follow also, the duel of the weekend between the Aviron bayonnais and Agen, two teams which should fight for the maintenance but left well at the beginning of exercise 2019-2020, as well as the appetizing Toulon-La Rochelle and Clermont-Ferrand. Montpellier.
Program of the 6th day of Top 14 disputed Saturday and Sunday:
(15h30) Clermont - Montpellier
(18h00) Brive - Toulouse
Castres - French Stadium
Agen - Bayonne
(8:45 pm) Lyon - Bordeaux-Bègles
(12h30) Pau - Racing 92
(16h50) Toulon - La Rochelle
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