La Rochelle, Toulon and Stade Français under pressure at home

La Rochelle wants to meet again

Finalist of the championship and the European Cup last season, Stade Rochelais has not been able to find the right fuel since the resumption. The balance sheet? Four defeats in five matches and it is not the three bonus points obtained that will mask the situation. The Maritimes are in the penultimate place in the standings and must react to Castres (Saturday at 3:00 p.m.). A delicate challenge since the OC, in full confidence, has suffered only one setback so far. “Last season is over. We have to stop thinking about it and talking about it. It’s a new season, with a new group, a new staff, a new championship. Let’s start by putting our heads in the right direction and stop looking back, ”said third row Grégory Alldritt.

An expected reaction for Toulon

Absent from the last final phase, the RCT wants to forget this fiasco and raise the Brennus Shield, which has eluded him since 2014. But with only one success so far, the Var club is in eleventh rank unworthy of its triple status European champion (2013, 2014, 2015). President Bernard Lemaître has certainly assured that he did not set “an ultimatum” to the players and to the coach Patrice Collazo, but a review will nevertheless be made at the end of the next three days. A reaction from his flock on Saturday at home would therefore be welcome. But the opponent, Brive (9:05 pm), is not easy to maneuver. Third in the standings, he is even the pleasant surprise of the start of the season.

Racing seeks to continue

The Sky and White want to stay in the right car, that of the final phase. Problem: Laurent Travers’ men have shown irregularity since the restart. Irregularity symbolized by their melee problems. Receiving Perpignan (Saturday at 3:00 p.m.), reigning Pro D2 champion, seems a good opportunity to get back in the saddle. But the Racingmen have already broken their teeth on a promoted, Biarritz. Their trainer, Laurent Travers, is wary. “We fear Usap a lot,” he assures us. “When you are in the euphoria of a climb and a title, automatically you have a group that is created and still feels very strong,” adds the coach, cautious.

Toulouse and Bordeaux-Bègles to keep the lead

The only club with five victories, the two-time defending French champion from Toulouse can build on his lead (6 points) at the top of the standings with a new success ahead of Pau (Saturday at 5:00 p.m.), a team that is doing well for him. The Rouge et Noir have not lost to the Section since January 7, 2018 and a setback in Béarn (11-10). The UBB will try to consolidate its chair of dolphin. But the Bordeaux team will have to scrape with Montpellier, which remains on a successful performance in front of La Rochelle (21-11) and wants to validate its progress with a second consecutive victory. It would be a first for the Hérault club this season.

It’s already time to worry about Paris

Four small units and a last place a source of great concern: the Stade Français has no more time to lose. To bounce back, he must negotiate the reception of Clermont (Sunday at 9:05 pm), a formation, it, in search of points to find the first six places. But the capital club must continue to deal with absences. The second line Yoann Maestri, hit in an arm during the defeat at Brive, added his name to the long list of injured (Delbouis, Etien, Castets …). Not ideal before taking on the “Jaunards”, who remain on a convincing success in front of the Racingmen. But the Stadians have no choice.


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