The Stade Français, the last of the championship, must take advantage of the reception of Toulon Sunday to bring back a little calm while Lyon will seek Saturday against Pau a seventh victory in as many matches of Top 14.
A poor performance by the Parisians, in their only match at Jean-Bouin, would put even more pressure on South African coach Heyneke Meyer.
"I knew a lot worse," the former Springbok coach said on Friday in a news conference as rumors about his replacement run. "In every difficult situation you have to be even stronger, it's a good time to show our character."
The time of the "revolt" for the Stade Français, as called by the center Jonathan Danty after the rout against Castres? Beaten 46-16 Saturday, the Parisians also seemed to lower their heads very quickly after a good start.
Last with a win and 228 points conceded, nearly 40 per game, a single win against Bayonne on the third day and a single defensive bonus point for the rest, the Parisians are unhooked when facing Toulon, 6th.
"Doing calculations after the sixth day is really not the solution," said Friday's scrum half Arthur Coville.
"We are last, we do not necessarily deserve to be higher," said the 21-year-old Parisian who played the six matches of Top 14, but who swears he noted "a change of mind" this week after "saying things," as a result of the new loss to Castres.
- 7/7 for the LOU? -
Another big budget of the Top 14 in difficulty, Toulouse, penultimate, receives Castres Saturday (17:30). The French champions, who have not yet won away, have however secured two victories in their two home games so far.
In contrast to the standings, the LOU, winner in the forceps shock against his dolphin Bordeaux last weekend (25-23), has all the cards in hand to chain a seventh victory by welcoming Pau, 7th in the standings.
We must go back to the 2012/2013 season to see a team, Toulon, with six wins in their first games, but the RCT was heavily dropped during the 7th day against Toulouse. Only Stade Français had managed the pass of seven, 11 years ago. Another era.
Lyon's Pierre Mignoni, who play at 20:45 Saturday, have the opportunity to fly before the difficult match that awaits Bordeaux-Bègles against Clermont Sunday at 9 pm, closing the day. UBB will be without the center Rémi Lamerat, victim of a broken thumb during the game against Lyon and unavailable between 4 and 6 weeks depending on his club.
Opening on Saturday at 15:30, the surprising promoted Bayonne, third, can chain a third win at home after Castres and La Rochelle against Montpellier.
Finally, two more matches between poorly ranked teams take place Saturday at 20:45: Racing has the opportunity to confirm its victory against Pau Pau receiving Agen, while La Rochelle receives Brive.
Program of the 7th day:
(15h30) Bayonne - Montpellier
(17h30) Toulouse - Castres
(8:45 pm) La Rochelle - Brive
Lyon - Pau
Racing 92 - Agen
(16h50) Stade Français - Toulon
(9 pm) Bordeaux-Bègles - Clermont
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