After eight games played, the teams can already do the first counts. The game is starting to take hold for some while the basics are still struggling to be acquired for others. Like Toulon which continues to widen the gap towards the bottom of the table. Back on the highlights of the eighth day of Top 14.
THE WEEKEND TEAM: HEROIC MONTPELLIER FACING RACING
Garbisi grabs the ball and kicks in touch, the match is over, Montpellier wins in Racing with the satisfaction of a job well done. A success because the last away victory dates back to March for the Héraultais. Thanks to a capital performance by Cobus Reinach, author of a double, Montpellier partially forgives itself for the rout against Clermont. The two South Africans Cobus Reinach and Handré Pollard were not watched by just anyone. The Springboks on tour in Europe, were present in the stands of the Defense Arena. The compatriots are both selected for this tour.
Racing lost a home match and began to accumulate course errors. The CV of the match can be found here.
THE WEEKEND EXPO: BIARRITZ SAPE LE MORALE DES BRIVISTES
An exciting victory for the Basques who hit just the bottom of the table. By importing it on a river score against the Corréziens (37 to 9), the promoted glean five capital points for the rest of the championship. The group is also reassured by packing the match at the end, losing all means to the opposing defense.
TOP: SPARKLING RAKA, PARIS BEGINS TO FIND
With his friend Penaud, they made a pair on Saturday against the Pau Section. An enhanced success that revives the Clermont team. While the game still seems to be pushed in Jono Gibbes’ men, the team’s two X-factors helped the team win by pulling off some memorable moves. A satisfaction for the team who had hardly started their afternoon by being led to the break.
On the side of Jean-Bouin, it’s time for confirmation. Gonzalo Quesada was finally able to appreciate a victory of his own having shown control. A good operation since the team is only three points from the Top 6.
FLOPS: PERPIGNAN BROIE DU NOIR, AN ALL-BLACKS IS NOT UNANIMOUS IN LYON
Perpignan lost for the fourth time in a row and seems without the means to compete. The success acquired against Toulon already seems far away for the partners of Melvyn Jaminet. Perpignan consolidates itself in position of red lantern of the championship. A reaction is expected as soon as possible to stay hooked to the right wagon.
Lima Sopoaga played his second game for LOU. A defeat of his team for which he is partly responsible. A grotesque forward pass in the closing minutes of the game could have been avoided to allow the team to win. As his penalty is typed out of time which deprives his team of reminder to score. The New Zealand player must be patient to integrate into his new team and this new league.
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