Top14 – Perpignan barometer – Racing 92: Louis Dupichot and Lucas Dubois on fire, Tristan Tedder and Clovis Le Bail in difficult conditions

Usap enforced their rugby with their usual magnanimity to beat leaders Ile-de-France 26-5. Tightrope walkers Lucas Dubois and Louis Dupichot lit up the encounter with their speed against the mighty Oviedo, while Tristan Tedder missed his return to Aimé-Giral as did Clovis Le Bail carried away by the enthusiasm of the Sang et Or.


He was back among the starters, following the injury to Alistair CrossdaleThe Catalan has had to act as a temporary coach while also benefiting from reduced playing time since the start of the season. He was decisive in the attacking animation from his lane, often at the beginning of transitions, as in Tom Écochard’s essay. The winger played a complete match and contributed greatly to the success of his team.

Argentina’s third line was dazzling. Impressive with the ball in hand (six defenders beaten), a formidable defender and a true defender of a globally inspired Usapist defence, the one who extended his adventure in Perpignan was the epitome of a promotion pack at the height of action. Thundering around him, he constantly generated progress and gave his teammates confidence near the scoring areas.

His face-to-face meeting with Tristan Tedder was inevitably anticipated. An equally easy comparison between the ex-Parisian, still looking for a sensation, and the ex-Catalan, considered one of the great architects of USAP’s retention last season. There was no match, Louis Dupichot was so excited by the event. The author of a spirited essay that was supposed to start debates saved a dangerous situation with Vinaya Habosi that could have disrupted local business.


Like his teammates, he was capable of remarkable bursts and big brilliant shots. The advantage of the lineman, there is still a noticeable deficit for the first conceded attempt, where he suffers too easily from Dupicot’s rocket. The center of Ile-de-France, clumsy in its transmissions, gradually disappeared from circulation.

The scrum half was heckled throughout the game, especially during the first half. The former Pau player, brought on at the break by Stuart Lancaster, was disrupted in his driving and play management. Little committed in defense (4 tackles), the scrum half could never turn the tide against the Catalan fury.

He returned already during the summer training and the friendly match at Aimé-Giral. The one who did so much to keep the USAP going last season was returning to his backyard in a way. The Ile-de-France full-back was transparent in his positioning and running errors. Defeated by his counterpart Louis Dupichot in the first Catalan attempt, the last wall of the Ile-de-France region sank as his team approx.

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