Like Clermont, this Saturday in Brive, La Rochelle signed on the road a fourth success in a row in the Top 14. But, unlike the Jaunards, the Rochelais did not manage to bring back the offensive bonus of their trip on the lawn from Pau. While Jules Plisson made the precision of his foot speak to open the scoring from the 8th minute, Ronan O’Gara’s players added to the bill in the process. After a breakthrough from the very precious Kévin Gourdon, the Stade Rochelais striker found Wiaan Liebenberg who went to confirm the advantage taken from the start by his team with the first try of the match. Already stunned, the Palois immediately suffered a new wave. Even before the end of the first quarter of an hour, following a rebound from Brice Dulin, who trapped the defense of the Section with a kick to follow for himself, Léo Aouf was served on a tray to widen the gap. An inaugural 20-0 which could not be stopped until the 25th minute when, following an offside position in La Rochelle, Antoine Hastoy unlocked the counter of the Section Paloise.
La Rochelle lived 40 perfect minutes
However, this penalty was only an epiphenomenon in a first one-sided period. Indeed, shortly after half an hour of play, after a good recovery from La Rochelle, Brice Dulin isolated himself on the outside and then easily served Jules Favre for the Charentais’ third try. To try to stop the La Rochelle machine, Nicolas Godignon changed his pillars but the result was not up to par. Indeed, just before half-time, Zeno Kieft went there for his try. Coming off the sidelines, Jules Le Bail was able to combine with Léo Aouf who shifted his third row for the fourth try and give La Rochelle a gap of 29 lengths at the end of the first half. After 40 nightmarish first minutes, the Palois started the second act very differently. With the hand on the ball from the first moments, the Béarnais were able to put pressure on the La Rochelle defense. The ball then bounced off the outside with Jale Vatubua who served Hugo Bonneval perfectly, who signed his first try under the colors of the Section Paloise.
Pau to pride in the second half
The only response from Stade Rochelais players came in the 58th minute when, after seeing the Pau pack crack under the pressure in the scrum, Jules Plisson scored three more points. From then on, the La Rochelle attack turned out to be silent and unable to ensure his team the offensive bonus point, lost fifteen minutes from the end of the meeting. Lucas Rey, in fact, took advantage of a ball carried to advance the ball in hand and then flatten the second try of his training. The Pau hooker, two minutes from the siren, took advantage of a new carried ball formed following a touch played by him to sign his double and bring the Pau section to eleven lengths. But, despite a blunder by Jules Plisson in the last moments of the meeting, the latter sending the ball in touch mistakenly believing to have heard the siren, it is indeed La Rochelle who wins (24-35). A fourth consecutive success which allows the Charentais to return to a point from Clermont in second place in the standings before the displacement of a B team from Stade Toulousain to the Stade Français Paris pitch.
TOP 14 / 7TH DAY
Saturday October 31, 2020
Brive – Clermont : 21-43
Bordeaux-Begles – Agen: 71-5
Castres – Racing 92: 28-26
Sunday November 1, 2020
Pau – La Rochelle : 24-35
9:05 p.m .: Stade Français Paris – Toulouse
Postponed to a later date
Bayonne – Toulon
Lyon – Montpellier