Fixtures and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
The Catalan hinge was precious
Absent in La Rochelle last week, Tristan Tedder (opener) and Tom Ecochard (scrum half) performed well this Saturday afternoon for the victory against Toulon (19-13).
The first was moving with the ball in hand and effective on foot despite two failures which kept Toulon in the game for a long time.
The second managed some nice pressure kicks and managed to boost speed in the Catalan game phases.
Perpignan showed a lot of desire
Usap did not start out as the favorite on paper before the reception of Toulon, and their coach David Marty spoke of the need to "
achieve the feat
For the 120th anniversary of the club, its players gave themselves in front of their public, compensating for the difficulties in the game with impact in duels and lucidity in hot moments.
Deserved victory for the Catalans, the first of the season.
Acebes concluded a nice try
The locals' only try, scored by Mathieu Acebes in the 18th minute of play, lit up a poor first period due to difficult weather conditions.
After a scrum in the Toulon camp, the Catalan three-quarters chained the passes and the captain was able to conclude in a corner.
A magnificent first-hand action!
The weather didn't help
The rain was pouring down on Perpignan at kick-off, gradually transforming the pitch into a pool of mud.
Under these conditions, the two teams never really managed to produce play, linking slips, inaccuracies and handling errors.
Acebes' fine first-hand try (18th) nonetheless lit up the game.
The Toulon touch missed everything
The RCT has never been able to take advantage of its rare incursions into the USAP camp as the conquest in touch has been sluggish.
Tolofua then Bobigny only rarely managed to find their jumpers, between throws not straight and Catalan counterattacks.
Toulon finally lost 7 touches.
Franck Azéma and Pierre Mignoni have work to do here for the next match.
Baptiste Serin did not shine
Author of a full match as a scrum half last week in the victory against Clermont (29-28), Baptiste Serin was less inspired at the opening this Saturday afternoon, still with the captain's armband.
His kicks often lacked accuracy to really put pressure on Perpignan who were able to recover many balls.
The ex-Bordeaux unfortunately had to give up his place before half-time for a rib injury.