French Top 14 Update For Dummies: What You Need To Know!

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French Top 14 For Dummies: Clermont scores at home vs Bayonne

Ligue nationale de rugbyPARIS, FRANCE – Funny thing; last weekend’s Top 14 was a bit like this… either heavy and stuffy like over-stuffed poultry or fizzy, light and fun like champagne. Let’s start with the latter…

The game everyone expected, Toulouse playing at their neighbor Castres. The home team is doing great this year, trailing Toulouse by just 3 points. Unfortunately, their wins rely on the kicking abilities of South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott (in photo), rather than tries from their wingers, Martial and Andreu. Rory KockottTheir game plan is (very) boring for those that like to be bored, they did not disappoint. Despite a huge mistake in his in-goal from Toulouse fullback Clément Poitrenaud, allowing Andreu to score, Toulouse took the W, thanks to penalties by up and coming flyhalf Lionel Beauxis. Castres Olympique 18-16 Stade Toulousain

Mont-de-Marsan hosted Biarritz, which claimed a very difficult win under new coaches Laurent Rodriguez and Didier FaugeronSerge Milhas and Jack Isaacs were fired. Mont-de-Marsan 18-19 Biarritz Olympique

After their great victory over Toulouse two weeks ago, Grenoble was facing another challenge; Bordeaux-Bègles. And… they won! But it was not easy. Argentinian flyhalf Sanchez – him AGAIN –  missed a penalty which could have given the UBB the bonus point. Does he do this on purpose?!
Grenoble 19- 9 Bordeaux-Bègles

Now for the Champagne games!

Racing-Métro, who is not doing so great, hosted struggling Agen. How did it go? The poor guys from Agen got sacrificed and came home with a valise (suitcase), which means a great defeat in French rugby slang. Argentinian winger Juan Imhoff had a blast. Racing 40-6 Agen
After daddy Lucien Harinordoquy invaded the pitch last season during Biarritz-Bayonne, this drunk dude found it wise to have a talk with the ref… without being disturbed by Security!

Bayonne came home with only a suitcase, as well, after traveling to Clermont. The visitors were not drinking any champagne.
Clermont 48-3 Aviron Bayonnais

Toulon fansWas that the end of the luggage won? Non! Not by a long shot…

Top14 leader Toulon was hosting the rough Catalans from Perpignan… who left the Stade Mayol with the same result as almost everyone else.
Toulon 46-13 USAP

Last but not least… When Montpellier starts playing great rugby, they’re quite unstoppable, and Paris learned this first-hand. Montpellier’s best players were winger Nagusa, fullback Bustos-Moyano and flyhalf Trinh-Duc, who left everyone dumbfounded with his quick linout rumble/pass/try. Montpellier 54-16 Stade Français


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Pyk O'Kallapfer is a wordly French #8 that has a 2nd home with the New York Rugby Club and received an honorary membership to the Texas Longhorns Rugby Team... He's passionate about his rugby and has been part of our Heineken Cup expert panel...