Top 14 – Week 20

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Many teams of the Top 14 were playing this weekend, without their internationals but the overall quality of the games has been excellent

Clermont Auvergne remains the leader of this Top 14; the expectations prior the game were high, as current leaders Clermont were to play second-placed Montpellier and what a game! Clermont consolidated their lead with a 42-16 victory at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, despite the red card of Parra after having head-butted Ranger.

Toulouse have certainly displayed great talent in Castres, but Castres did manage to scrap a close win with 29-27. This allows them to sit in third place overall in the Top 14.

Another close win; this was on Friday with Stade Français with 29-26 against Oyonnax. However, the other team of the capital, Racing Métro (without the services of Jonny Sexton) lost a crucial game against Bordeaux with 9-25 and sees “once again” the opportunity to reach the play-offs fading away.

Biarritz will leave the Top 14 at the end of the season but they will not leave without fighting, and this weekend, they demonstrated great fighting spirit with their first away win of the season. This was against Grenoble (currently 6th) with 22-20. Needless to say, Grenoble can only be disappointed and will have to bounce back very quickly if they wish to remain within the top six teams which qualify for the play-offs, especially with a team like Toulouse, currently in 7th place and knocking on the door!

Perpignan can be delighted with their 12-6 win against Brive. This is one step in the right direction to avoid relegation for next season.

This was the last game of this 20th weekend in the Top 14, between Toulon and Bayonne. For Bayonne’s fans, there was to be no miracle. Toulon clinically secured this away game with a 15-9 score.

However, this puts Bayonne in the red zone, with only 4 points of difference with Oyonnax but with two more games in hand for Oyonnax, it might soon become mission impossible.

Top 14 Standings – Week 20

Position Team Total Points Bonus Points Played Won Draw Lost For Against Pts Diff
1 Clermont 60 10 20 12 1 7 543 377 166
2 Stade Français 56 4 20 13 0 7 399 354 45
3 Castres 55 9 20 11 1 8 434 362 72
4 Toulon 55 9 20 11 1 8 463 340 123
5 Montpellier 53 11 20 10 1 9 491 418 74
6 Grenoble 50 4 20 11 1 8 374 433 -59
7 Toulouse 50 10 20 10 0 10 383 338 45
8 Racing Métro 48 4 20 10 2 8 307 341 -34
9 Brive 46 10 20 8 2 10 369 356 13
10 Bordeaux-Bègles 46 10 19 9 0 10 448 425 23
11 Perpignan 42 8 20 8 1 11 381 440 -59
12 Bayonne 39 7 20 8 0 12 296 422 -126
13 Oyannax 35 3 18 8 0 10 300 369 -69
14 Biarritz 21 5 19 4 0 15 254 467 -213

One Reply to “Top 14 – Week 20”

  1. Maria says:

    good report, like the style.

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