XV of France / Top 14 – The Blues weekend: Nolann Le Garrec on his momentum, the Toulon internationals celebrating

With the Tournament behind them, the French internationals were back in the Top 14. Many shone on the championship pitches on the 19th day.

We were spoiled this weekend during the 19th day. Stars from everywhere, French internationals back and matches held on all pitches. A day ended beautifully with Bordeaux’s victory at the last minute against Toulouse in an incandescent Matmut Atlantique. How did the Blues fare? Workforce review.

A team, first, flew through the debates at the opening of the 19th day. The RCT pulled out all the stops in a not easy context by inflicting a nice correction on Montpellier where Bernard Laporte and Patrice Collazo were making their return. Charles Ollivon et Esteban Abadie took part in the pleasant afternoon in Mayol but it was above all two players deprived of the Tournament this year who shone. Melvyn Jaminet was in all the good moves (1 try, 7 transformations), and his friend Gabin Villière made his canes work. For his part, Dany Priso held his rank.

Bad luck for Bielle-Biarrey, Ramos and Tuilagi

The weekend was different for other Blues who were unable to hold their place or show the full extent of their talent. Posolo Tuilagi left his teammates before halftime during Usap’s trip to Oyonnax. The powerful second row suffered from a concussion and watched from the sidelines the Catalans’ crucial victory at their rival for retention. Similar fate for Thomas Ramos with a little more concern about him. Established at the opening, the Toulousain was forced to leave his place after only four minutes, injured in the iliac crest (upper part of the pelvis).

During the same match, Louis Bielle-Biarrey was unable to use his rods due to a last minute withdrawal (illness). This did not prevent the‘UBB to impose itself and his replacement (Pablo Uberti) to deliver a very coherent performance. Also note the early release of Matthieu Jalibert, he who was making his return to competition and who did not want to take any risks for the rest of the season. The Bordelais were able to count on the boss match of Maxime Lucu although imprecise against the poles, and the other internationals Damian Penaud et Yoram Moefana (authors each of an essay). Nicolas Depoortererecently capped in Blue, was further behind in this part.

From Rochelais within, Dupont on alternating current

Stade Rochelais could also count on the return of three internationals with Bullshit, Colombe and Boudehent mobilized for the trip to Bayonne. Despite almost undisputed domination, the Maritimes wasted too much to put an end to Bayonne’s invincibility at Jean-Dauger. The French captain of the 6 Nations Tournament did not have his usual influence with the ball in hand. Although in great demand (20 races), he did not necessarily win his duels but he gained momentum throughout the match until he scored a try in the last ten minutes. Paul Boudehent was active in defense in the first half but was quickly replaced by Haddad. Georges-Henri Colombevaluable for carrying the balloons, was penalized too much, and the Mondialist Antoine Hastoy missed two important kicks including the last penalty for victory. Entry, however, noted for Yoan Stupid as a dynamiter of the La Rochelle attack.

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Another player was particularly expected on Sunday evening. Antoine Dupont started on the bench but quickly replaced the injured Ramos. The brilliant number 9 entered at the opening in a match where his team was largely dominated and did not only make good choices in the match. But he is not Dupont for nothing, and his classy gestures have revived a long-moribund Stade Toulouse. Still on the Toulouse side, if Julien Marchand had a solid match and Mathis Lebel scored a double, it was more complicated for Alexandre Roumat et Thibaud Flament. Ugo Mola had chosen to come to Bordeaux with a four-star bench and the choice almost paid off. These finishers (Yawn, Aldegheri, Cros) and especially Emmanuel Newcompletely reversed the appearance of the meeting.

Racing says thank you to Le Garrec, Paris to Barré

The Ile-de-France residents are completely relaunched in this Top 14 after a bad spell in the winter. Manager Stuart Lancaster trusted his core men, who gave him good results. With Cameron Woki, Gaël Fickou but also Antoine Gibert et Thomas Laclayat (at the end of the match), it’s no longer the same Racing at all. Hats off to Nolann Le Garrecwho offered the victory for his team thanks to a late penalty. The scrum half is the undisputed leader of a very united Ile-de-France group in Pierre-Fabre.

Finally, the brothers Don’t hesitate du Lou were close to achieving the feat of this 19th day at Jean-Bouin. Combative, they did not last long and the teammates of Paul Gabrillaguesbut above all Leo Barre ended up taking over in the second act. If Racing can thank Le Garrec, the capital club can congratulate its full-back who has remained in line with his two tenures with the French team.

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