A reaction of pride, a good accounting move, but also an air gap and an unhappy Buliruarua… Discover the tops and the flops of Stade Français-La Rochelle (25-20).
Paris gives itself some air
It was a pivotal match for Stade Français. Mired in the risk zone of the classification, the capital club had a good chance to play in case of victory. And, if the first half hour is to review, the Parisians have fulfilled their part of the contract to Jean-Bouin. With a victory against the unfortunate finalist of the last French championship, the Stadistes made a good accounting operation. The Parisians glue back in tenth place (23pts) and take 5 points ahead of the red zone. ” There are a lot of positives today “Confided Gonzalo Quesada at the end of the meeting at the microphone of Canal +, for” continue to build “. Words that echo those of Joris Segonds: “ we can lose him more than once this match … in the past we would surely have lost him and by a lot of points “, Summed up the Parisian opener, emphasizing” state of mind ” his.
The Parisian reaction
Dominated in all sectors of play for nearly half an hour, the Parisians have long delivered a match without the slightest flavor. If Gonzalo Quesada had warned that his players were ” determined and angry “, It was not until the end of the first period to see them exist in this meeting. A reaction first in melee, then two tries concluded by Waisea (37th, 40th). A reaction of pride which will have had the merit of bringing the two teams up to the start of the second period (20-20). And to revive the Parisian machine in the second period.
Waisea sees double
In the absence of Sekou Macalou, the Parisian leaders are scarce. If Paul Gabrillagues achieved a very successful overall performance and Joris Segonds a solid match, it was above all the center Waisea Nayacalevu who (once again) stood out. Present in defense, he is at the conclusion of two of the three of his team. The one announced for Toulon next season has once again shown that he is indeed one of the best finishers in the championship.
La Rochelle air hole
Grégory Alldritt summed it up by ” a big hollow “. In front of 14 points within half an hour of play (20-6, 29th), Stade Rochelais experienced a much more complicated late evening. Paralyzed after the first Parisian test (Waisea, 37th), Ronan O’Gara’s men subsequently suffered. They, however well in place until then, ended up opening up spaces, undergoing the impact. Witness the scrum sector, where the Maritimes were devoured at the end of the first period. An air gap symbolized by a number: 0. Like the number of points entered by visitors during the second act.
Aligned from the entrance facing Paris, the Fijian center Eneriko Buliruarua experienced a contrasting evening. Sharp like all of his partners in the first half hour, he then sinned by clumsiness and indiscipline. It is he who will have left his partners at 14 against 15 (52nd), just before the third Parisian test (54th). He is then guilty of a forward pass on an excellent La Rochelle offensive. But it is especially 5 minutes from the end that he is a hair’s breadth away from scoring after a block … before seeing the ball slip through his fingers on the line. When nothing goes right…
Coville got hot
Left on the bench at the start of the meeting, Arthur Coville was really hot. The Parisian scrum-half is at the origin of the counter kick that could have given the victory to the Rochelais (Buliruarua, 74th). In the following scrum, he was caught by Kerr-Barlow and helplessly left the Maritimes to flatten in the in-goal (75th). A try finally refused for an offside and a tackle without a ball from his vis-à-vis. Miraculous.
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