In a stuck meeting during which the two teams were at odds, La Rochelle got the better of Stade Français Paris (16-11), who snatched the defensive bonus at the last second.
La Rochelle continues its march forward. While Racing 92 had temporarily settled at the top of the Top 14 this Friday for the benefit of its victory against Castres, the La Rochelle response was not long in coming … even if it turned out to be shy against a team from Stade Français crying lack of confidence. A concern that materialized in the first five minutes when, no doubt trapped by the wind blowing on the Stade Marcel-Deflandre, Nicolas Sanchez missed the target on a penalty … before completely unscrewing a candle that went directly into touch. , offering a nice ammunition to Ronan O’Gara players.
And they did not hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity. Following a smooth touch, Thomas Berjon took advantage of a Parisian defense to absent subscribers to flatten the first try of the match, transformed by the former Stade Français Paris striker Jules Plisson. The latter reinforced the addition shortly after the quarter of an hour of play, improving a Parisian foul in scrum.
# TOP14 #SRSFP – J17
The @SFParisRugby wins the point of the defensive bonus at the last moment 🚨 and the @staderochelais keeps his invincibility to Marcel-Deflandre 🏰👇 pic.twitter.com/PxObqMfkD2
– TOP 14 Rugby (@ top14rugby) February 20, 2021
The two teams then tried to find the loophole in the opponent but the two teams were not very disciplined. Shortly before the half hour mark, Nicolas Sanchez was offered a new opportunity to unlock his team’s counter, but the number 10 Pumas, still feverish, once again missed the target. It was not the Argentines’ day in La Rochelle since, shortly before half-time, Pablo Matera received a yellow card for a voluntary forward. While he has already received a suspension for three yellow cards, the Parisian third-row is sanctioned for the fourth time this season.
This numerical inferiority, instead of inhibiting a Parisian team in difficulty, gave him energy. Four minutes after Marcel-Deflandre returned to the pitch, Telusa Veainu took advantage of an unstable pass between Facundo Bosch and Dany Priso to intercept the ball and show off his speed to flatten his fourth try this season. But Nicolas Sanchez then missed the opportunity to close the gap to just three lengths.
Having less scruples than his Parisian counterpart, Jules Plisson gave the Stade Rochelais a little air three minutes later before Nicolas Sanchez found himself smiling. The Argentine striker, after three failures, passed his first penalty of the match in the 51st minute, bringing his team back to five points, then gave way to Joris Segonds while, on the Rochelais side, Ihaia West replaced Jules Plisson.
On the hour mark, the New Zealand striker stood out by giving La Rochelle an eight point lead. The end of the match saw the Parisians, recently accustomed to giving up at the end of the match, take the initiative with the objective of taking the point of the defensive bonus. If they did not know how to break the defensive curtain of La Rochelle, they knew how to push him to the fault at the last minute. Taking advantage of the advantage, Joris Segonds first attempted the drop but, faced with its failure, the referee called a penalty against the posts.
The Parisian scorer, patient, waited for the siren to signal the end of regulation time to add three points. If the Stade Français Paris signs a third loss in a row, it still takes a point that could count at the end of the season. La Rochelle, for its part, won by a short margin (16-11) but took the opportunity to temporarily take first place tied on points with Racing 92.
TOP 14 / 17TH DAY
Friday 19 February 2021
Racing 92 – Castres: 23-20
Saturday 20 February 2021
La Rochelle – Stade Français Paris: 16-11
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