Monday, November 7, 2011

Top 14 - Round 10 action with Pumas, Canucks, Eagles and Teros

Round 10 of the 2010-2011 French Top 14 was dominated by upset results and postponed matches. Three of the seven scheduled matches were cancelled and are to be rescheduled. For the second week running, Lyon did not play with this time there home match vs Montpellier being suspended. Toulon vs Agen also did not take place nor did the Basque berby of Biarritz vs Bayonne which was to be played in the Spanish city of San Sebastien. There were, nevertheless, four matches with Brive hosting Paris club Racing Metro to open the round on Friday evening. It was an important match for Pumas fans as it saw the return of Pumas ace Juan Martín Hernández to the position of flyhalf. Hernández played the full 80 minutes for the Parisians as Racing Metro won the match 18-12. Hernández had a satisfactory performance but has plenty of work to do if he is to return to the form he showed at flyhalf from 2007-2009. Argentine World Cup winger, Juan Imhoff played together with Hernández for the first time ever as he played the full match for Racing Metro on the left wing. Former Pumas tighthead prop, Juan Orlandi also started for Racing Metro and played until the 71st minute before being replaced. Brive also had a former Pumas tighthead prop playing with Pablo Cardinali starting in the 3 shirt. While former Argentine international loosehead prop, Pablo Henn was on the bench. The result sees Brive drop outside of the top six.

The former club of Juan Martín Hernández, Stade Français produced its best performance of the season on Saturday as the Parisians hosted 2010 Top 14 Orange Champions Clermont at the Stade de France on Saturday. In front of an impressive crowd Stade Français turned it on to smash the Central France side 37-16. One week after slotting a dropgoal that he mistakenly thought had given Stade Français a win over Toulouse, Felipe Contepomi was on song. The Pumas captain put in an impressive performance as he scored 17 points including a try. Contepomi played flyhalf and formed a 10-12 combination with fellow Rugby World Cup 2011 Puma, Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga who again played inside centre. Los Pumas loosehead prop, Rodrigo Roncero started in the number 1 shirt and Argentine born Italian international backrower and captain, Sergio Parisse worse the 8 shirt for Stade Français. USA international secondrower, Scott LaValla was on the bench for the Parisians while Canadians international secondrower, Jamie Cudmore started for Clermont as did Argentine born Italian international centre Gonzalo Canale. Stade Français´ five try haul sees the side move to within two points of the top six while Clermont have been overtaken by Toulouse at the top of the standings.

Les temps forts de Stade Français Paris - Clermont - Stade TV
Les temps forts de Stade Français Paris - Clermont

Toulouse had a tough match at home vs 2009 champions, Perpignan on Saturday. The star-studded South-Western French side were unable to score a try but were, nonetheless, able to complete a 21-18 victory over the Catalans. All of Toulouse´s points came through the boot of former New Zealand flyhalf Luke McAlister and former French flyhalf Lionel Beauxis. The match saw the debut of Welsh international James Hook who kicked seven points for Perpignan. Los Pumas Rugby World Cup 2011 scrumhalf, Nicolás Vergallo featured for the home side as he came on in the 54th minute as a replacement for Jean-Marc Doussain who incredibly made his debut for France in the Rugby World Cup final two weeks ago.

Résumé Toulouse USAP Nov 2011 por USAP_Communication

Perpignan sit five points outside of the top 6 on 19 points. Two points behind them are the promoted  Bordeaux-Begles who notched up a highly impressive 24-9 home victory over Castres in the rounds other match on Saturday. Castres were packed with current of former international players including Uruguayan international forward Rodrigo Capó Ortega who started in the secondrow. Bordeaux-Begles, however, were able to knock-over the third placed side and as such move into a more confortable position on the table into 10th place. Neither of Bordeaux´s two Argentine players featured with Nicolás Sánchez yet to make his debut for the side and Rafael Carbello being rested. Bordeaux-Begles scored two tries to zero and now have a break as the Top 14 is to return on November 26 following two rounds of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup. When the Top 14 Orange restarts, Bordeaux-Begles will have a chance of moving up the ladder even more as he have a derby match against sixth placed Agen.

Top 14 Standings

1 Toulouse 36
2 Clermont 35
3 Castres 31
4 Toulon 28
5 Racing Metro 25
6 Agen 24
7 Stade Français 21
8 Brive 19
9 Perpignan 19
10 Bordeaux 17
11 Bayonne 15
12 Montpellier 14
13 Lyon 12
14 Biarritz 10

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