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Benjamin Urdapilleta.

The eternal opener was once again preponderant for the CO.

Less than a month from his 36th birthday, the Argentinian scored fourteen of the nineteen points for victory over Lyon (19-16), including the winning penalty four minutes from time.

Morgan Parra.

Started at the opening for only the second time in his career, the first since November 2016, Parra had a funny game.

At the very end of the game, he tempted fate by saving an attempt at "50-22" from La Rochelle (31-27) which ended in a try against ASM... Fortunately, he transformed as a hero by being fully active on the Barraque test (80th + 1), which he transformed to snatch the offensive bonus point.

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6. Beaten by Pau (27-22), Stade Toulouse fell for the sixth time in a row this season.

A sad Top 14 record for the reigning French champion, who has not won since November 27.

10. Stade Français made short work of Biarritz (65-19), scoring ten tries, including two penalties.

The Parisians have won their biggest victory of the season and are back in the race for qualification.

The 3rd line Mathieu De Giovanni scores one of the ten tries of the Stade Français, winners of Biarritz (65-19), during the 18th day of the Top 14, on February 19, 2022 at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris Thomas COEX AFP

STATEMENTS

"You have to look in a mirror and stop talking about others, look at what you're doing well or not. Maybe we've forgotten that a bit too."

Thomas Ramos, the versatile three-quarter from Toulouse, did not take off after the new setback of the Rouge et Noir.

Toulouse back Thomas Ramos, during the defeat, 27-22 against Pau, during the 18th day of the Top 14, February 19, 2022 at the Stade du Hameau GAIZKA IROZ AFP

"I don't blame the players, they could have been better, they could have been less good too... I'm not looking for an excuse for them, I'm giving them some. We are bruised and disappointed with what is happening . (...) We are coming to the end of a three-year cycle, we are out of breath. We are in difficulty but it is deeper than this game. We are exploding in flight.

The president of Biarritz Jean-Baptiste Aldigé, visibly dejected during the knockdown inflicted by the French Stadium.

"We made a lot of mistakes, we didn't hold the ball. It's not one of our best games but we showed character until we scored this try at the last minute. If we had done less fouls, we could have made the perfect heist."

Fulgence Ouedraogo, the captain of Montpellier, will not be choosy after the draw snatched from Brive (16-16).

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