the exploit of Brive in Lyon, Paris hits hard, La Rochelle as boss and Racing which collapses

TOPS/FLOPS – Find the highlights of the four matches of the 14th day of the Top 14 played this Saturday.

TOPS

Teddy Thomas and Stade Rochelais all in control

A recital in Catalonia. Stade Rochelais made short work this Saturday from Perpignan on its lawn (10-29). A one-sided match since the Maritimes bent the entry Usap and scored four tries in 36 minutes. With in particular a double from international winger Teddy Thomas (20th, 36th), who wreaked havoc in the Catalan defense. With this enhanced success, the Rochelais climbed onto the podium, in third place. For Perpignan, on the other hand, it is a crushing blow: Usap – despite a try by Faasalele after returning from the locker room – is now the red lantern of the Top 14.

Successful first for Collazo in Brive

All eyes were on him. Patrice Collazo was, this Saturday in Gerland, for the first time on the bench of CA Brive. And, in the wake of its success against Clermont in the Massif Central derby, the new team of the former La Rochelle then Toulon manager scored a big blow against LOU (27-30). Conquerors and liberated, the “Coujous” – who were already leading 10-17 at the break – seem transformed, far from the team in full doubt and lost at the start of the season. The commando operation to ensure the maintenance in the Top 14 has started well: the CAB goes back to 13th place in front of Perpignan.

Stade Français confirms

Les Soldats Roses, a week after their brilliant victory at the Arena against Racing 92, returned to their den of Jean-Bouin. And the players of Gonzalo Quesada did not tremble to overcome the Paloise Section (37-3). A new convincing success (with six tries scored and none conceded), the third bonus in a row, which allows players from the capital to consolidate their second place in the standings. If caution is required on the Parisian side, the Stade Français confirms that it will be necessary to reckon with it this season.

FLOPS

Racing 92 can be blamed

After the big slap received against Stade Français in the Paris derby, Racing almost scored a big blow this Saturday on the lawn of Castres Olympique (26-26). With a revamped team, the Altoséquanais club has long abused the Tarnais, still as intractable in their Pierre-Fabre stadium. In the lead at half-time (13-16), the Sky and White ended up giving in to the realism of the CO who managed to pick up the score. Laurent Travers’ players almost ended Castres’ unbeaten run at home. They would have deserved better, but they let the victory slip away… Infuriating.

Paul did not exist

A week after being held in check at the Hameau by Bayonne (22-22), the Palois were transparent this Saturday on the lawn of Jean-Bouin. Overwhelmed by the efficiency and realism of the Parisians, the players of Sébastien Piqueronies did not exist at the Porte d’Auteuil. After having signed three successes in a row between the end of October and the end of November, the Béarnais are in the hard and remain on three matches without victories in the Top 14 (two defeats and a draw). And are now looking down the rankings (12th with 27 points). Worrying. Five tries conceded in Paris, 37 to 3, the bill is salty …

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