Top 14: Two Teams but only One Winner

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An all-action weekend of European rugby it was, but in France, there was just one catch-up match in the Top 14 to be played

It was certainly a busy rugby weekend but on the European scene. In the Top 14, it was much quieter as there was only game: Oyonnax versus Union Bordeaux-Bègles. This game should have been played some time back when the snowy weather conditions did not allow it. There was a lot at stake for the two teams; for Bordeaux it was simply to keep alive the dream of reaching the play-offs. For Oyonnax it was a step away from the “red zone”.

Oyonnax showed great spirit and ambition right from the start to win the game with a 26-12 scoreline. It was certainly “the winner takes it all” as Oyonnax made a big step away from the “red zone” and this can only seriously concern Perpignan and Bayonne – both of whom are now in imminent danger of having to play their rugby next season in the Rugby Pro 2 league.

For Bordeaux, meanwhile, their dream of making the play-offs seems to have slipped from their grasp. Their next opponents on Saturday are Toulon – fresh from their convincing conquest of Leinster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final, while the resurgent Oyonnax will have the arguably easier task of winning against Perpignan on the same day.

Top 14 Standings – Day 23.5

Pos Team Total Points Bonus Points Played Won Draw Lost For Against Pts Diff
1 Montpellier 66 12 23 13 1 9 575 463 112
2 Toulon 65 11 23 13 1 9 575 400 175
3 Clermont 65 11 23 13 1 9 605 445 160
4 Castres 62 10 23 12 2 9 521 427 94
5 Racing Métro 60 4 23 13 2 8 390 391 -1
6 Toulouse 58 12 23 11 1 11 475 406 69
7 Union Bordeaux-Bègles 58 10 23 12 0 20 532 494 38
8 Stade Français 58 4 23 13 1 9 458 432 26
9 Brive 55 11 23 10 2 11 432 424 8
10 Grenoble 50 4 23 11 1 11 406 530 -124
11 Oyonnax 48 4 23 11 0 12 408 502 -94
12 Perpignan 46 8 23 9 1 13 411 510 -140
13 Bayonne 44 8 23 9 0 14 356 496 -108
14 Biarritz 26 8 23 4 1 18 328 552 -224
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