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on 05/29/2021 at 7:21 p.m.

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Crossed destinies. If Montpellier and Brive have ensured their maintenance, Toulon and Castres are still in the race for the qualification in the final phase, on the evening of the 25th day of the Top 14, of which La Rochelle is the new leader.

Five matches, five wins. In the home stretch, the Stade français passed fifth, just to climb back to 7th place in the standings, just behind Toulon.

With this last success in front of Lyon (46-27), the men of Gonzalo Quesada made a double blow: they released a direct competitor and displayed their ambitions. And they keep their chances of making it to the finals intact, a first since the 2015 title.

Toulon remains master of its destiny: by offering Bordeaux-Bègles (25-19), the RCT doubled the Parisians to take the 6th, synonymous with ticket for the dams.

Carried by their striker Louis Carbonel (7 out of 7 at the foot, 100% success), the Toulonnais gave a smile to the supporters present in Mayol. UBB, already assured of its place in the top 6, missed the opportunity to come and play the troublemaker in the fight for the semi-finals.

Faced with the poorly classified Agenais (54-14) and Pau (51-27), Racing 92 and La Rochelle took place, scoring eight and seven tests respectively.

Better, the Rochelais took pole, overtaking Toulouse which faces Clermont later in the evening. It is also against these same Jaunards that the Maritimes will play their place in the semi-finals.

The Parisians, them, passed 33 points to the SUA in the first period before letting go. Gaël Fickou’s hat-trick allows Ciel et Blanc to settle on the podium, tied with Stade Toulouse.

Phew! Fresh European champion, Montpellier confirms its good form at the moment by disposing of Bayonne (23-19). With this sixth victory in eight league matches, the MHR has ensured its retention in the Top 14.

Same story for Brive, despite his home defeat in front of Castres (33-28). The CO, for its part, remains in the running for the final phase but Toulon will have to be tamed next week.

Finally, the place of barrage will be played between Bayonne and Pau on the last day. Woe to the vanquished!

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