Fixtures and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
Ulupano Seuteni ended up radiating
In difficulty in the first period, the Samoan opener, who replaced the injured Antoine Hastoy, was unable to put enough pace in his transmissions.
Sometimes handicapped by unsteady passes, the number 10 will however increase in power over the game.
It was first of all who scored the only La Rochelle try in the first act (35th) before seriously raising his level of play after returning from the locker room.
He was behind the victorious shift to Thomas on the first try and then managed a superb pass after contact for Boudehent (75th) who went flat.
A Seuteni in diesel mode but devilishly decisive.
Grégory Alldritt, quiet strength
Without being flamboyant this Saturday, the captain from La Rochelle was a precious asset in the ruck phases where his power made the difference, especially on the first try of the game signed Seuteni.
It is he who is at the origin with an overpowered charge which completely faltered the Ile-de-France rearguard.
When he returned from the locker room, he did a monstrous job in the scrum which wore down the opponent considerably.
No frills but efficiency.
Finn Russell saves the furniture
It would have been harsh for Racing to leave Charente-Maritime empty-handed.
A disillusion avoided thanks to the precision of Finn Russell at the foot.
In the final moments, the Scot passes a difficult penalty almost 50 meters from the poles which allows his team to obtain a precious defensive bonus.
Otherwise, his pass for Saili in the first period, after a magnificent breakthrough full axis would have deserved to be decisive and he was able to be effective in the distribution of the Ile-de-France game.
Asaeli Tuivuaka, a first to forget
The Fijian, Olympic champion in rugby 7 in Tokyo in 2021, made his debut in the Racing jersey on the wing.
A delicate first for the 27-year-old player, well muzzled and who has not made enough of his alloy of speed and power.
He even annihilated a clear test opportunity in the 3rd minute by committing a forward close to the line.
An unsuccessful performance but which obviously requires a second chance.
The culpable indiscipline of Racing
Difficult to imagine such a finding at the end of a first period where it was the Rochelais who multiplied the faults.
And yet, the balance of power having shifted, the Ile-de-France residents began to concede penalties by shovelfuls.
14 in total against only 6 for the Maritimes.
Initially ineffective, the Rochelais ended up taking advantage of this try by Teddy Thomas which allowed them to take the advantage 10 minutes from the end.
A succession of faults which will lead to the yellow card addressed to Francis Saili synonymous with the end of the match in numerical inferiority for Racing.
A period of time during which the Rochelais will register the winning try.