Toulouse (AFP)


UBB is stubborn

It will be necessary to wait for the derby between Toulouse and Castres in the evening to know if the championship will have a new leader for good at the end of the day.

But by entering the lead thanks to its enhanced victory against Perpignan (39-13), the UBB put pressure on the Toulouse and sent a message: it should still play the leading roles this season.

"We are first for a few hours maybe, but I took a screenshot," joked coach Christophe Urios, who found his team "a little easy" at times.

The surprise defeat in Biarritz on the first day (27-15) was obviously only a mishap.

The Gironde club has been undefeated since, with a draw (in Castres) and six victories, including five consecutive, current series.


The French stadium and Clermont reassembled

The Stade Français is no longer being stopped either.

After Clermont and Perpignan, it was Lyon which this time paid the price for the Parisian burst (23-18).

Like last week against Usap, this third success in a row was conquered in pain.

The Pink Soldiers let the LOU get back into the game, but they held on and are repositioning themselves, after a completely failed start to the season, within shooting range of the top 6.

The N.8 from Stade Français Sekou Macalou stops the Georgian winger of LOU Davit Niniashvili during the victory of the Stadists in Paris, October 23, 2021 FRANCK FIFE AFP

"Beyond the details to be corrected, we must underline the state of mind," said Parisian coach Gonzalo Quesada.

Clermont also continues its recovery.

Ghostly in the first half after the early exit on injury of their playing master Camille Lopez, the Auvergnats transformed at the break to beat Pau with an offensive bonus (42-20).

Scrum-half Morgan Parra saw his incredible record for consecutive successful kicks in the league come to an end at 48, on an off-center transformation.


Racing 92, feet in the carpet

Racing 92 captain Gaël Fickou, who should soon fulfill the same role in the France team, insisted this week on the importance of extending invincibility at the Arena: "It's important for the pride we have as a player, as a man ".

It missed.

The Hauts-de-Seine club, diminished by a massacre of injuries, got caught for the first time this season with its feet in its synthetic carpet against Montpellier (32-21).

Montpellier full-back Anthony Bouthier grabs the ball during the match against Racing 92, October 23, 2021 in Paris La defense Anne-Christine POUJOULAT AFP

Under the eyes of his teammates of the South African team, passing through France before their autumn tour in the United Kingdom, the Montpellier scrum half Cobus Reinach was illustrated with a double.


The good operation of the BO

Biarritz, which remained on four consecutive defeats, woke up at the right time against Brive (37-9), a contender for maintenance.

This improved success, thanks in particular to a double from his New Zealand center Francis Saili, allows him to abandon the last place in the ranking in Perpignan, the other promoted.

The test of the Biarritz Olympique by the Argentinian Tomas Cubelli against the CA Brive at the Parc des Sports Aguilera, on October 23, 2021 GAIZKA IROZ AFP

The Brivists clearly mark time (four defeats in five matches) after a successful start to the season.

The 8th day will end on Sunday (9:05 p.m.) with the trip from Toulon, under pressure, to La Rochelle.

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