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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by JP14 » Sat May 08, 2021 12:52 pm

Ibitoye was a fool to leave Quins for Agen.
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Sun May 09, 2021 11:38 am

This weekend's results in the Top14:

Castres 37 Lyon 29
Racing 45 Clermont 19
Bayonne 22 Bordeaux 47 (Bayonne now in the relegation zone)
Brive 28 S Français 31
Montpellier 32 La Rochelle 22
Agen 7 Pau 47 (Pau climb to 12th!)
Toulon 44 Toulouse 10 (Toulouse with a far from first choice team were crushed)

Table:

1Toulouse played 23/ 72 points
2 L Rochelle 22/67
3 Racing 23/64
4 Clermont 23/63
5 Toulon 22/62
6 Castres 23/59
7 Bordeaux 21/58
8 SF 23/57
9 Lyon 23/56
10 Montpellier 21/55
11 Brive 22/45
12 Pau 23/41
13 Bayonne 23/40
14 Agen 22/2

Next week's fixtures:

Tuesday 11th
Montpellier v Toulon
Brive v La Rochelle

Friday 14th
Pau v Racing

Saturday 15th
Bordeaux v Castres
La Rochelle v Agen
Lyon v Brive
SF v Montpellier
Toulouse v Bayonne
Clermont v Toulon
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Sun May 16, 2021 7:20 pm

This weekend's results in the tOP14/

Bordeaux 20 Castres 16
L Rochelle 59 Agen 0
Lyon 24 Brive 7
SF 32 Montpellier 10
Toulouse 28 Bayonne 32 (wasn't expecting this! 6 Bayonne penalties contributed to their win)
Clermont 25 Toulon 14
Pau 29 Racing 35 (Pau are in relegation trouble and their next match is a must win - away to La Rochelle!)

Table
1 Toulouse 24/73
2 La Rochelle 24/72
3 Racing 24/68
4Clermont 24/67
5 Bordeaux 22/62
6 S Français 24/62
7 Toulon 24/62
8 Castres 24/60
9 Lyon 24/60
10 Montpellier 23/50
11 Brive 245/50
12 Bayonne 24/44
13 Pau 24/41
14 Agen 23/2

The battle for the top is intriguing with Lyon in 9th with a chance of qualifying for the end of season playoffs.
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by kk20gb30 » Fri May 28, 2021 8:49 am

TV deal struck to view the Top 14 :

https://www.the42.ie/french-top-14-rugb ... 8-May2021/
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by sam16111986 » Fri May 28, 2021 9:03 am

JP14 wrote:
Sat May 08, 2021 12:52 pm
Ibitoye was a fool to leave Quins for Agen.
In purely rugby terms yes. I don't know how much money was on the table or what personal stuff was involved though. If you are unhappy somewhere then you'll look for a way out and maybe he was sold a dream with a decent salary to accompany it. There's some other English players there to help him settle so he wouldn't have been entirely on his own.

The move to Montpellier might prove more beneficial to his development.

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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Sun May 30, 2021 9:50 am

This weekend's round 25 Top14 results:

SF 46 Lyon 27 (Veainu among the try scorers)
Toulon 25 Bordeaux 19
Agen 14 Racing 54
Brive 28 Castres 33
L Rochelle 51 Pau 27
Montpellier 23 Bayonne 19
Toulouse 36 Clermont 27

Table
1 Toulouse 25/77
2 L Rochelle 25/77
3 Racing 25/73
4 Bordeaux 25/72
5 Clermont 25/67
6 Toulon 25/66
7 SF 25/66
8 Castres 25/64
9 Lyon 25/60
10 Montpellier 25/54
11 Brive 25/51
12 Bayonne 25/45
13 Pau 25/41
14 Agen 25/2

Round 26 and the last matches before the playoffs is next Saturday at 21h00 and there's lots at stake regarding playoff and relegation.

Bayonne v S Français (SF need to win to make the playoffs and Bayonne need to win to avoid a relegation playoff. Nice!)
Castres v Toulon (both need to win to be in with a chance of the playoffs!)
Clermont v La Rochelle (Clermont must win to ensure a playoff place!)
Lyon v Agen (will Agen get their first and only win of the season?)
Pau v Montpellier (Pau must win to avoid a relegation playoff and Bayonne lose without a bp)
Racing v Brive (Racing are assured of a playoff place and can afford to rest key players)
Bordeaux v Toulouse (Bordeaux are also assured of a play off place and Toulouse need a win to finish in 1st place)
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by JP14 » Sun May 30, 2021 6:54 pm

Veainu was on the end of a particularly sizzling try by Stade.
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Mon May 31, 2021 8:13 am

The ProD2 season will come to a close next weekend in Montpellier when two former greats will meet in the final, Perpignan and Biarritz. Perpignan easily disposed of Oyonnax at home by four tries to none (27-15) and Biarritz (captained by Steffon Armitage - remember him?) who were trailing 27-33 after 80 minutes away to Vannes, scored a converted try in extra time to win in the dying seconds.
The winner will play Top14 rugby next season and the loser will play a one-off match at home against the side finishing 13th in the Top14 - currently Pau, but if Pau beat Montpellier in the last match next weekend and Bayonne lose at home to playoff hopefuls Stade Français, then Bayonne will play for their Top14 existence, and possibly against arch rivals Biarritz! Now that would be a juicy encounter!!!

Elsewhere, another former Top14 side, Narbonne, have gained promotion to ProD2 from Fédérale 1 along with Bourg-en-Bresse. Soyaux-Angoulême and Valence Romans are relegated from ProD2 to Fédérale 1.
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by ourla » Mon May 31, 2021 10:16 pm

Shame for Vannes.
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:53 am

ourla wrote:
Mon May 31, 2021 10:16 pm
Shame for Vannes.
True, but they’ll be among the favourites next season
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:25 pm

Perpignan (former Tiger, Perry Freshwater is forwards coach) beat Biarritz 33-14 in the ProD2 final and will be in the Top14 next season. However, all is not lost for Biarritz, who will travel to either very near neighbours Bayonne, or Pau who are only an hour away for a do or die match to decide who plays in the Top14!
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Cagey Tiger » Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:17 am

Had a couple of very enjoyable visits to Perpignan and their supporters club, first with Scarlets (late wife Llanelli born, bred and die-hard supporter) then with Tigers. Walking to the ground through a quiet, well-to-do suburb with their typically noisy, small band (with large drum) was so incongruous :smt005. The hospitality was fantastic and very generous and wouldn't accept any money towards the huge amounts of food. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:32 am

We now know the Top14 play-off matches, including a mouthwatering Paris derby!!!

Friday June 11th Racing v Stade Français at 21h00 (the winners will meet La Rochelle in the first semifinal on Friday 18th at 21h00))
Saturday June 12th Bordeaux v Clermont at 21h00 (the winners will play Toulouse in the second semifinal on Saturday 18th at 21h00))

The final is on Saturday 25th June at 21h00 in the Stade de France.

At the other end of the table we know two teams who will play for the right of playing in next season's Top14. Another derby, but in the Basque country! Bayonne who lost narrowly at home to Stade Français 9-12 and finished 13th in the Top14 (Pau secured a dramatic bonus point win at home to Montpellier to climb above Bayonne on points difference) must travel to near neighbours and bitter rivals Biarritz who were runners-up in yesterday's ProD2 final against Perpignan. The match is on Saturday 12th at 17h30. The stakes are enormous, a place in the Top14 for the winner and ProD2 for the loser, so Stade Aguilèra will be no place for the faint-hearted on that day as there is no love lost between these two clubs and no quarter will be given or expected!
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by Robespierre » Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:34 am

Cagey Tiger wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:17 am
Had a couple of very enjoyable visits to Perpignan and their supporters club, first with Scarlets (late wife Llanelli born, bred and die-hard supporter) then with Tigers. Walking to the ground through a quiet, well-to-do suburb with their typically noisy, small band (with large drum) was so incongruous :smt005. The hospitality was fantastic and very generous and wouldn't accept any money towards the huge amounts of food. Hopefully our paths will cross again.
Perpignan supporters are indeed reputed to be among the most passionate and colourful!
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Re: French rugby 2020/2021

Post by kk20gb30 » Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:40 am

Tim Nanai-Williams to leave Clermont :

https://rugby365.com/countries/france/s ... departure/
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