The Stade Français finally connects

At the end of the 9th day of the Top 14, Stade Français Paris had a first-rate match to dominate La Rochelle with the offensive bonus (35-13) and string together two wins in a row for the first time since … January 2019.

Arrived as leader of the Top 14 at Stade Jean-Bouin, Stade Rochelais left with a heavy defeat in the bag. With a slightly reshaped team, the best defense in the championship had a very tough night against Gonzalo Quesada’s men. However, it was the Charentais who started the match the best, with the former Parisian Jules Plisson who opened the scoring in the 6th minute on a penalty following a gross foul by Paul Alo-Emile, who hit in the balloon out of maul while he was on the ground. If the referee had first sanctioned Yoann Maestri, the video made it possible to correct the error. The swirling wind blowing over the capital this Sunday troubled Joris Segonds at the start of the match. The Parisian opener missed his first three kicks. Fortunately, it is on the ground that the Parisians excelled in this meeting. Indeed, shortly before the quarter of an hour of play, on a counter led by Sekou Macalou, Jonathan Danty was able to shift Sefanaia Naivalu for the first try of the meeting … which could have been refused by the referee because of a foot in contact with the dead ball line. The only response from Ronan O’Gara’s players was a second penalty from Jules Plisson four minutes after the Parisian test. In other words, outnumbered, Stade Français Paris did better than resist.


Man of the match, Sekou Macalou went there for his try in the 18th minute. Shifted by Sefanaia Naivaly, the third row turned into a winger and, after leaving Dillyn Leyds in place, flattened his team’s second try. In the process, an opportunistic Joris Segonds slammed a drop to forget his mistakes at the start of the match. Often imperturbable, the La Rochelle defense was unrecognizable in this meeting and conceded a third try before the half hour mark. Lester Etien improved the work of his forwards to flatten at the end of the line. An action that also earned Dillyn Leyds a yellow card for a voluntary forward. While Jules Plisson missed an opportunity to close the gap shortly after half an hour of play, Joris Segonds did not tremble in the wake to give the Parisians 19 points after a first half. -time they finished at fourteen, Telusa Veainu receiving a yellow card for a voluntary forward. The fourth test in Paris was close at the start of the second act when the inevitable Sekou Macalou narrowly failed to control the ball after a kicking game to follow. Playing outnumbered has almost been a constant in this meeting for Stade Français Paris. Indeed, hardly Veainu returned to play that Loïc Godener joined the sidelines for an act of anti-play near his goal.


Fifteen against fourteen, La Rochelle pounded the Parisian defense and it ended up paying off in the 52nd minute with Arthur Retière who was present in the right place to improve the gap created by his teammates. Returned to twelve points, the Rochelais were then silent until the end of the meeting. After seeing Telusa Veainu miss a splendid try for a few inches after playing for himself on the foot, Joris Segonds added three points on the foot. Deprived of the offensive bonus by Retière’s try, Gonzalo Quesada’s players pushed and, shortly after the hour mark, Sekou Macalou signed his brace by taking advantage of a sumptuous shift from his rear. Not wanting to stay on this bad impression, the Rochelais put all their strength into the battle but success was not there this Sunday, Jonathan Danty being close to scoring a fifth try for Stade Français Paris in the ten last minute on an interception by Lester Etien. Rarely worried, even outnumbered, the Stade Français Paris logically wins (35-13) and connects two victories, improved in addition, for the first time since January 2019 to climb to seventh place. La Rochelle, for its part, remains leader but lets Toulouse come back to two lengths with one more game while Clermont is one game behind.