Castres and Montpellier directly in the semifinals, Racing 92 saves space in the playoffs, Perpignan on borrowed time

Castres and Montpellier directly in the semifinals, Racing 92 saves space in the playoffs, Perpignan on borrowed time

The last multiplex of the season promised heat, it was stunning. And it almost cost Racing 92. The Racingmen overthrew Toulon (21-16) at home on Sunday, June 5, and allowed Laurent Travers’ men to stay in the Top 6 last day.

At the top of the table, Bordeaux-Bègles may also regret his evening defeats in Perpignan (22-15), as Castres stole a place in the Top 2 and a direct advance to the semifinals. Montpellier accompanies CO in this direct car. Despite his evening victory, the USAP remains 13th and will have to play an accession match on Sunday, June 12 against Mont-de-Marsan to keep his place in the Top 14.

The race for Top 2: Castres reversed everything, UBB lowered the rating

There were three direct tickets to the semifinals. And it was the third Castres Olympique to win the jackpot. Castrais signed a big blow with a victory in Pau (16-23), while their two rivals from the evening, Montpellier and Bordeaux-Bègles, bowed. The result is a perfect shot for CO, finally the first in the basic part before Montpellier.

The Héraultais suffered in Clermont (20-15), the last of Morgan Parr and Camille Lopez with the Jaunards. However, this defeat has no effect in the end, because UBB surprisingly also lost to Perpignan (22-15), who tried to keep it. Christoph Urios, who led the championship for almost half of the season, eventually stayed on the stand and finished third, just one point behind Montpellier.

Playoff race: Racing saves its place in the extreme, Toulon and Lyon simply fail

Toulonnais believed that they had achieved one of the most beautiful returns of the season. The last time the Top 14 in the evening of the 17th day, the players led the Council for an hour before they made it to Racing (21-16). The yellow card their captain Charles Ollivon received in the hour strengthened the hopes of the Top 6, unlike the Racingmen, rescued in extremis after a very happy attempt by Juan Imhoff in the 63rd minute.

With the exception of Bordeaux-Bègles, which relegated to third place, no change in the cast for the Top 6 and the playoffs with qualifications La Rochelle and Stade Toulousain. Rochelais experienced a delay in the fire before overthrowing Lyon (26-29) thanks to the help of their managers, who mostly started on the bench after the coronation in the European Cup last Saturday. LOU had to win with an offensive bonus without leaving points for the Maritimes, hoping to disrupt the hierarchy. Toulouse signed the card of the evening against the descending Biarritz (80-7) 12 attempts, including Maxim Médard in his penultimate match at home.

On the playoff posters, Bordeaux-Bègles (3rd) will receive Racing 92 (6th) and the last two European champions, La Rochelle (5th) and Stade Toulousain (4th), will face revenge in the final of 2021.

Retention Race: Brive will do his job, Perpignan will have to go through an accession match

Corrèze can blow. Balanced for 13th place and a jump-off with the finalist of Pro D2 Mont-de-Marsan, Brive secured a place among the elite by winning the ground of the French Stadium (17-33), which had no more. play. Perpignan, who also triumphed against UBB on Sunday night, will have to play another match. The struggle for life and death in a week against Mont-de-Marsan, badly defeated by Bayonn on Sundaywhich has already ensured its promotion.

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