the favorites and the claws of our special envoy

After the victory of the residents of Ile-de-France over the Parisians (33-22), find out what caught the attention of the newsroom.

In Paris La Defense Arena


Races at the appointment

The Champions Cup is one of the priority objectives of Racing 92. The club does not hide it. Despite a more than disappointing score this Sunday against Paris, Laurent Travers’s players climb to the quarterfinals of the continental competition, where they will face the English of Sale, a club on the outskirts of Manchester. With no back-and-forth clashes this time, return to a dry, knockout match, which the residents of Ile-de-France will have the advantage of playing at the Paris La Défense Arena. Jacky Lorenzetti’s team is still in the race for a first continental title, after stumbling on the bottom step in 2016 against Saracens, in 2018 against Leinster and finally in 2020 against Exeter.

The Pink Soldiers’ Pride Reaction

They promised them hell, a new win at Paris La Défense after sinking there in the Top 14 and after the setback conceded last week to Jean-Bouin. And it was not so. Gonzalo Quesada’s players have stood up and competed with their neighbors from ’92, who have been without a solution for a long time. The game plan for the Parisians was simple: war of rucks and rain of candles. Which totally destabilized Wenceslas Lauret and his companions. As the game progressed, the Stade Français let loose and offered play and attacking action, making the best of their three games against Racing this Sunday. And you can leave the Champions Cup with your head held high. Despite being 13 points behind in the first leg, Soldats Roses never gave up. He also didn’t drink water everywhere. We had to wait for 57me minute for Racing to go ahead on the scoreboard.

Lapègue on the good shots

In a first half dominated by the Parisians, Adrien Lapègue put himself in value by scoring a brace. For his first attempt, the Parisian winger is pushed along the line by Veainu, after a sail volleyed by Glover. After a perfectly controlled slide, he manages to flatten himself. In his second attempt, well compensated by his starter Nicolás Sánchez, the player trained in Aviron Bayonnais (he arrived in Paris in 2018-2019) catches Teddy Thomas and goes flat in in-goal. Maximum realism for the player who will join Provence Rugby (Pro D2) next season.

claw punches

Naivalu ruins everything

A completely failed game. Two yellow cards in 35 minutes of play for a fully justified expulsion as Stade Français led 15-6 and were only 4 points behind to fill. First yellow card in minute 19me minute for a dangerous tackle. Return to the field and second yellow card for a charge on the shoulder, without a tackle, on Dupichot. Goodbye and thank you… The funniest part of the story? It was Veainu who appeared before the referee after this second bad gesture. Did he really think it would happen? He kept making Chavancy, who was in the front row, laugh. And finally it was Naivalu who was called by the referee to receive his second yellow card. The turning point of the game. Paris – already sanctioned last week for the expulsion of his hooker Latu – I didn’t need that.

The tremendous mess of Sky and White

Caught by the throat, the Racingmen completely missed their first period. In addition to being dominated from the front and at impact, Laurent Travers’ players squandered plenty of testing opportunities. Like this totally unsuccessful pass from Camille Chat to Juan Imhoff, when the difference was marked after a sumptuous advance by Gaël Fickou (25me). Or this ahead of Boris Palu (31me), while Yoan Tanga had torn the Parisian defensive curtain. So many signs of fever for Ciel et Blanc, totally out of the game in the first half. Finn Russell, the king of “someday yes, someday no,” did not have a good day Sunday. Guilty of mistakes and inaccuracies in his game. In the end, the essentials are assured for Racing, but Laurent Travers will surely have much to complain about.

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