Opening Day 14 of the Top 14, Usap claimed the leader’s scalp (26-5) with an offensive bonus. Usap thus achieves its fourth victory in a row at the home championship. Franck Azéma’s players move up to 11th place while waiting for the afternoon matches. Expected after the defeat against Toulouse, the Racingmen completely missed.
For this opening day on the 14th at the hot and sunny Aimé-Giral Stadium, Perpignan created a comparative match by claiming the scalp of Racing 92 (26-5). At the end of the game, Ruiz confirmed the attack bonus. For the residents of Ile-de-France, the holidays come with a bitter taste and two Top 14 failures.
In a clash of extremes, Perpignan showed their strength on home soil as they sought a fifth consecutive success in the Top 14. This time it was Racing 92 (26-5) who broke the teeth of the Catalan defence. Just before the siren, Ruiz offered his team an attacking bonus.
In the standings, this improved success has USAP assured of going into the holiday out of the red zone (11th, 26 points). Sang et Or are five points ahead of Oyonnax. Racing 92 (40 points) could lose the leading position if chasers such as Stade Français, Bordeaux-Bègles, Toulouse or even Toulon succeed.
Dupicot played a bad trick in Racing 92
Louis Dupichot, released by Ciel et Blanc in the off-season, had a special game against his training club. At the start of the match completely in favor of Racing 92, it was USAP who showed realism. The Catalans returned the ball by more than 60 meters at the end of a long action. Despite a bad patch, Louis Dupichot achieved success by escaping the vigilance of Le Baile and Saili (7-0, 11th).
Dominant, the Ile-de-France residents too often stumbled, or even panicked, against the Perpignan defence. In a counter-attack pattern at the end of the line, Dubois created a gap by holding off three opponents before turning to Dupichot. The full-back ran thirty meters, then positioned himself perfectly to drive Tom Écochard into the goal (14-0, 25.). Despite a response from Tarrit, who finished off a carried maul (14-5, 30th), the top 14 leader fell back into his mistakes. Palu did not secure the reception of the exclusion and three minutes later Dubois correctly read the rapid defensive rise of the residents of Ile-de-France. Wing lowkick found Veredama (19-5, 33rd).
Ruiz at the end of boredom
After returning from the dressing room, Lancaster tried to stir up his players with almost five changes. However, just like last week, Racing 92 lacked ideas despite countless situations in the Catalan 22 meters. The observation that caused Chavancy’s frustration at the Canal + microphone at the end of the match: “It’s a disastrous match. We had strong moments, but we broke our teeth. We were weak in defense. There’s nothing to say today.” “It’s a big slap in the face. I’m not sure we deserve a vacation. We’ll have to come back with different intentions. We have to ask. We’re not invited if we’re not in intensity.” It’s not the first time this has happened… I hope it’s the last!”
In the last offensive, after defending the entire second period, suffering in touch (6 turnovers) and in the scrum, USAP found the light thanks to Ruiz. During a handball penalty, the kicker stretched towards the opponent’s goal. Aimé Giral cheered the attempt, which was considered perfectly valid in the video (26-5, 80). After the break, Perpignan travel to the capital to challenge Stade Français Paris. At the same time, Racing 92 will host Montpellier.