Monday, November 28, 2011

French Top 14 - Round 11 wrap

Round 11 of the Top 14 Orange featured plenty of players from the Americas in action with Pumas captain, Felipe Contepomi showing that his international career could see him play in The Rugby Championship. The Pumas World Cup skipper produced an outstanding performance as he created two tries for his teammates - Sergio Parisse and Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga. The 34 year old Puma also put Samoa´s Paul Williams in the gap for Stade Français´ first try. Paris´s other side, Racing Metro moved up the standings with a big win over Biarritz who stay bottom of the table. Montpellier completed an important win over 2010 Champions, Clermont to move clear of the relegation zone while Agen are in the unlikely position of being in the top six.   Players from the Americas?

Perpignan 16 - 35 Stade Français

Felipe Contepomi converted a try and played flyhalf with tryscorers Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga playing inside centre and Sergio Parisse in the backrow. Rodrigo Roncero played loosehead prop. The Parisians important away victory means the team is on the verge of a place in the top six which would mean a return to the Heineken Cup and a place in the Top 14 play-off´s for the first time since 2009. Perpignan´s terrible season may get a little easier next weekend with a trip to Lyon whilke Stade Français wil light up the Stade de France as they host Racing Metro. Could it be Contepomi vs Hernández? 

Bayonne 15 - 9 Lyon OU

An important win for Bayonne which featured Pumas backrower, Juan Manuel Leguizamón playing the full match for Lyon. Neither side scored a try but Lyon managed to secure a bonus point. Despite having matches in hand, following the rescheduling of matches, Lyon are in the relegation zone and space may be starting to open up. Bayonne are sandwiched between Perpignan and Montpellier on the ladder and will need to step up significantly or drop behind.

Racing Metro 28 - 9 Biarritz

A three try victory with Juan Martín Hernández playing the full match at flyhalf and kicking two penalties. Juan Imhoff was rested with a minor ankle injury while Alvaro Galindo continues his recovery. Prop Juan Pablo Orlandi played one hour for the Parisians. Francisco Gómez Kodela played 29 minutes for Biarritz who fielded many secondstring players. Marcelo Bosch was unused from the bench. USA Eagle Taku Ngwenya played on the right wing. Racing hold on to a spot in the top six while Biarritz are now two wins behind the twelve placed side and desparately need to string together some wins. Their home match vs Montpellier on Saturday will be a highlight of the round.

Montpellier 29 - 23 Clermont

Montpellier returned to winning ways in a match which both teams scored two tries. Five players in contention for a place in The Rugby Championship in 2012 featured for the winners. Agustín Creevy started at hooker and was substituted in the secondhalf. Lucas González Amorosino played the full match at fullback and Santiago Fernández did so at inside centre. Winger Martín Bustos Moyano played the full secondhalf while tighthead prop Maximilano Bustos was unused from the bench. Clermont will host third placed Castres on Saturday.

Brive 9 - 9 Toulouse

A tryless match which works out well for Brive who had former Pumas scrumhalf Agustín Figuerola and tighthead prop Pablo Cardinali starting. A second former Pumas prop, Pablo Henn entered in the 59th minute. Argentine World Cup scrumhalf, Nicolás Vergallo came on in the 66th minute for Toulouse. With brive having one of the weaker squads of all sides the teams position on the table is, for now, encouraging.

Castres 22 - Toulon 22

Toulon blew a 19-6 halftime lead as Castres completed a late draw. Leonardo Senatore played the full match for Toulon and Uruguay´s Rodrigo Capó Ortega did so for Castres. The result means the sides both stay in the top four. This may change with matches against the top two sides on Saturday.

Agen 24 - 15 Bordeaux-Begles

A tryless match featuring two of the least fanciest teams in the competition saw the home side´s successful start to the season continue. Agen are in with a real chance of a return to the Heineken Cup if the side can stay where it is on the Top 14 table or go even higher. Bordeaux-Begles have dropped behind Bayonne and Montpellier and are in need of victories or they could soon find themselves in the relegation zone. Former Pumas centre, Miguel Avramovic started for Agen as did the veteran of four World Cup´s Martín Scelzo.The young Tucumán flyhalf, Nicolás Sánchez came on in the 49th minute for Bordeaux-Begles and Rafael Carballo played the final thirteen minutes. Bordeaux-Belgles host Brive next weekend while Agen should win again, vs Bayonne.

Top 14 Orange Standings

1 Toulouse 38
2 Clermont 36
3 Castres 33
4 Toulon 30
5 Racing Metro 29
6 Agen 28
7 Stade Français 26
8 Brive 21
9 Perpignan 19
10 Bayonne 19
11 Montpellier 18
12 Bordeaux-Begles 17
13 Lyon 13
14 Biarritz 10
                                            Perpignan vs Stade Français

Résumé du match USAP STADE FRANCAIS Nov11 por USAP_Communication

                                           Racing Métro vs Biarritz

J11 - RM 92 v BO - Le résumé en vidéo por racingmetro92
                                 Montpellier vs Clermont

                                         Castres vs Toulon 


  1. Do you know why Figallo is not playing for Montpellier?

  2. Figallo had surgery following the World Cup and there is no word yet on when he will return. There have been some rumours that he may miss the entire Top 14 season but thats merely speculation.