Despite a gala Morgan Parra, Clermont lost to LOU on Sunday, while Stade Toulouse struggled to beat La Rochelle.
Two shocks on the program for this first day of Top 14, Sunday September 5. Falling in the final of the French championship and the Champions Cup last season, Stade Rochelais still suffered the law of the defending champion, Toulouse (16-20). Clermont lost to Lyon 28-19.
And in the end, Toulouse wins. Manhandled for a good part of the meeting, the Rouge et Noir finally won against La Rochelle on Sunday (16-20). However, the Rochelais had done everything to finally clinch a victory against their best enemy, after five defeats in a row during the 2020/2021 season. In front of an audience on fire, the Stade Rochelais, more aggressive, dominated the debates by practicing its traditional game in motion. Attacking efforts were rewarded by Jules Favre’s attempt in the 18th minute.
However, Skelton’s red card after a shoulder tackle on Arnold was a game-changer. As in the Champions Cup final last year, the Maritimes were punished by their lack of discipline. More confident, Stade Toulousain pushed and finally managed to win thanks to a try from Romain Ntamack. Ugo Mola’s players have proven once again that, even when they are struggling, they always do well.
Jono Gibbes missed his big comeback to ASM. Indeed, Clermont bowed on the lawn of LOU (28-19), Sunday afternoon. While they were led early in the match, the Lyonnais, much sharper, reversed the game in just five minutes at the end of the first period thanks to two tries from the tricolor nugget, Ethan Dumortier.
This defeat threw a cold in the day of Clermont, who will not be able to celebrate with dignity the record of Morgan Parra. With 42 consecutive successful kicks, the 9th Auvergne, who seems to be at the peak of his art against the posts, broke the Top 14 record held by his former teammate, Brock James (41 kicks in a row in 2009 ).
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