Friday, February 3, 2012

Rafael Carballo stars as Bordeaux crush Lyon

Bordeaux's Rafael Carballo wrestles with the Lyon defence, Bordeaux v Lyon, Top 14 Orange, Stade Andre Moga, Begles, France, February 3, 2012
Getty Images: Try Scorer Carballo
Having been the hot contender for the wooden spoon and therefore relegation back to the Pro d2, Bordeaux-Begles are proving everybody wrong. The club won its way into this this seasons Top 14 after winning the Pro d2 Final last season. The club was lucky to rise, however, as it did not finish the Pro d2 regular season in first place or even second. It won promotion by knoking over teams who had better seasons. Lyon, in contrast qualified directly finishing top of the table after the regular season. After sixteen rounds of the Top 14 Orange, the script does not reflect this at all. Bordeaux-Begles are not only in the safe zone but are a full three wins over the thirteenth placed Lyon who are tied with Biarritz and ahead of only Bayonne. Bordeaux are now only three points outside of the barrage zone and therefore Heineken Cup qualification. 

Bordeaux´s impressive 31-10 home win over Lyon OU was also a bonus point victory. Bordeaux benefitted by winning five competition opints while Lyon return hom having failed to secure any. Bordeaux´s third try was scored by former Pumas winger, Rafael Carballo who was close to making his country´s squad for Rugby World Cup 2011. His return to Los Pumas remains a tough task as the former of Horacio Agulla, Martín Bustos Moyano, Juan Imhoff and Lucas González Amorosino means places are limited. Gonzalo Camacho, despite not scoring a try all season for Exeter remains certain to feature in the international season for Argentina. The performances of these players is testiment to the improvement of Argentina in the backs as now there are more strong performing wingers than backrowers in Europe. A reutrn ios, nonetheless, not out of the question. Carballo scored a try in Argentina´s big home win over France in 2010.

Carballo played the full 80 minutes for Bordeaux while Juan Manuel Leguizamón played the full match for Lyon. Both players can now take a break like most players are already as the Top 14 Orange is on pause due to the start of the Six Nations.

Top 14 Orange Standings

1 Toulouse 60
2 Clermont 54
3 Toulon 45
4 Castres 44
5 Montpellier 40
6 Stade Français 39
7 Racing Métro 37
8 Agen 36
9 Bordeaux 36
10 Brive 28
11 Perpignan 27
12 Biarritz 24
13 Lyon 24
14 Bayonne 21

Match Highlights

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