The UBB (2nd, 58 points) thus has an appointment with Jean-Bouin on Saturday (9:05 p.m.) with the desire to regain its first place against the Parisian club (9th, 45 pts), which will not give its share to the dog .

"It will be a very complicated match, against a team which is in good shape, which has relatively few injuries and which plays rugby well", warned the coach of the Girondin club, Christophe Urios.

Racing 92 (6th, 51 pts), before facing its Parisian rival three times in a row, including two in the European Cup (April 9 and 17), moves on its side to La Rochelle (7th, 50 pts) .

"It's a very important match for both clubs, in a very homogeneous championship where every point counts," warns Racing 92 center Henry Chavancy.

The three-quarters of La Rochelle Jules Favre expects him that the Ile-de-France residents "send the game and hit hard".

Australian Racing 92 rear Kurtley Beale tries to escape the tackle from La Rochelle pillar Reda Wardi, during the 2nd day of the Top 14, September 11, 2021 at the U Arena in Nanterre FRANCK FIFE AFP / Archives

Another big poster for this day: the closing match, Sunday (9:05 p.m.), will see Lyon (3rd, 54 pts) go to Toulouse to meet the defending champion (5th, 53 pts), who for the occasion handed at work his "Slamards" as soon as the party is over.

The Rouge et Noir, put to the test by the period of "duplicates" with ten of their players mobilized within the XV of France, will need Antoine Dupont and others to set the record straight.

Toulouse opening half Romain Ntamack is tackled by Lyon scrum half Baptiste Couilloud, during the 7th day of the Top 14, on October 17, 2021 in Lyon PHILIPPE DESMAZES AFP / Archives

Lyon, for its part, remains on a defeat at Clermont (8th, 48 pts) which cost it the lead in the championship, and will therefore arrive ultra-motivated at Ernest-Wallon.

As for the ASM, it goes to the Mayol stadium, where Toulon (10th, 42 pts), which is making a superb rise in the standings with an offensive trident Luc-Wainiqolo-Kolbe at the top, will be very difficult to beat.

The joy of the Fijian winger from Toulon Jiuta Wainiqolo, after his try scored at home against La Rochelle, during the 15th day of the Top 14, March 19, 2022 at the Stade Mayol CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU AFP / Archives

Finally, the championship leader, Montpellier (60 pts), defeated last weekend in Toulouse in a late game, hosts Biarritz Olympique, last, for whom relegation is inexorably approaching.

Montpellier's South African center Handre Pollard scores the 1st try against Biarritz, during the match of the 13th day of the Top 14, on December 27, 2021 at the Stade Aguilera GAIZKA IROZ AFP / Archives

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The program for the 21st day

Saturday:

(3:00 p.m.) Toulon - Clermont

(5:00 p.m.) Brive - Castres

Montpellier - Biarritz

Paris - Perpignan

La Rochelle - Racing 92

(9:05 p.m.) French Stadium - Bordeaux-Bègles

Sunday:

(21h05) Toulouse - Lyon

Ranking: Pts JGNP pp pc dif Good

1. Montpellier 60 20 12 2 6 480 369 111 8

2. Bordeaux-Bègles 58 20 12 1 7 468 367 101 8

3. Lyons 54 20 11 0 9 498 380 118 10

4. Castres 54 20 12 1 7 420 447 -27 4

5. Toulouse 53 20 11 0 9 454 344 110 9

6. Racing 92 51 20 12 0 8 492 463 29 3

7. La Rochelle 50 20 10 0 10 496 373 123 10

8. Clermont 48 20 10 0 10 511 454 57 8

9. French Stadium 45 20 10 0 10 429 455 -26 5

10.Toulon 42 20 8 2 10 396 400 -4 6

11. Paul 41 20 9 1 10 424 497 -73 3

12. Brive 37 20 7 1 12 347 477-130 7

13. Perpignan 34 20 7 0 13 379 529-150 6

14. Biarritz 24 20 5 0 15 373 612-239 4

Editor's note: Victory = 4 pts, draw = 2 pts, defeat = 0 pt

Bonus: 1 pt for a win with 3 tries more than the opponent, 1 pt for a loss of 5 pts or less.

In the event of a tie in the final standings, the "field points" (victory, draw, bonus) recorded during direct confrontations prevail then, if the tie persists, the general difference in "scoring points" (cumulative scores).

The first 2 qualified for the semi-finals which take place, like the final, on neutral ground.

The clubs ranked 3 to 6 play a play-off for the semi-finals on the ground of the highest ranked.

The last is relegated to Pro D2.

The 13th plays a barrage against the loser of the Pro D2 final on the latter's field.

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