The LOU and Bayonne continued their excellent start to the season by winning on Saturday, while Racing has returned to the 7th day of Top 14.
. Perf ': Bayonne, promoted record
Rowing had already had the best start of a promoted since the passage in Top 14 in 2005-2006 with 17 points in 6 days. The Bayonnais chained a fourth consecutive victory by winning not without difficulty against Montpellier (28-24), despite nearly an hour in numerical superiority.
Third with 21 points, the promoted refuel before the return of the international in the big stables. "We have to keep a lot of humility, we are not above our opponents, not below," warned coach Yannick Bru.
In other successes of the weekend, the Lou chained a seventh victory in as many days against Pau (27-8) and caracole in front before the match of Bordeaux against Clermont Sunday evening (21H00).
La Rochelle also celebrated its 50th sold-out match in front of its Top 14 crowd with a big win over Brive (41-17).
. Counterfeit: Racing blocked
All seemed well for Racing, which led logically 16-3 in front of Agen after half an hour of play. But individual mistakes, the inability to score more and finally the doubt have returned the match. Agen is even ironed in front (27-24), before the Racing draws a draw, then misses the penalty of winning (27-27).
"The confidence is won, you have to go get it," conceded, fatalistic, coach Laurent Travers Racing after the game. His team coming out of an improved victory in Pau, does not reach the UArena, with a poor record of a win, a draw and two defeats.
. Player: Ramos already back
He burst into tears after his full match with Toulouse against Castres (36-15), which he played in full, 10 days after his injury to an ankle in the group match of the World Cup against the United States. Meanwhile, the back Thomas Ramos left the XV of France, package, and was replaced by the Rochelais Vincent Rattez.
"The France team can not afford to wait, to have uncertainties and decide at the last moment" assumed the coach of the France team Jacques Brunel Sunday in a press conference.
The return of the 24-year-old is in any case the happiness of Toulouse: "When you have a player of this level that is available, we do not ask too much the question" launched after the match the coach of the back of the Stadium Toulousain Clement Poitrenaud.
. La décla: "The most important thing was the win and the heart"
The Stade Français offered a brief relief by overcoming Toulon (33-30), despite having been led twice in the second half. But this time, the minds of Parisians did not flinch and they ironed in front.
"The most important thing was the win and at the level of the heart." Doubt is never easy to manage, it was important to win. "Hat low to the players" greeted the assistant coach, Pieter De Villiers, while the final whistle gave rise to great celebrations of Parisians.
The victory may offer a slight reprieve to the head coach, the troubled South African Heyneke Meyer, who was attacked by a "Mayer & co resignation" banner at the beginning of the match in a stand at the Stade Jean- Bouin.
Results of the 7th day:
Bayonne - Montpellier (bd) 28 - 24
Toulouse (bo) - Castres 36 - 15
La Rochelle (bo) - Brive 41 - 17
Lyon - Pau 27 - 8
Racing 92 - Agen 27 - 27
Stade Français - Toulon 33 - 30
(9 pm) Bordeaux-Bègles - Clermont
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