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Top 14: dynamics, calendars, prospects... Where are the contenders for the final stages?


Mathematically, ten clubs are vying for six tickets to the final stages of the Top 14, five days before the end of the regular season. State of play of the forces present.

Toulouse (1st, 67 pts): a mattress in advance

Unlike last year when they had to fight for a place in the top 6, Stade Toulousain have, this season, a small lead in the lead (6 points) which will allow them to prepare for the clash as well as possible by Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster on April 29.

The whole thing will be to know how Ugo Mola and his staff will prepare for this deadline, whether or not their internationals are at rest.

In any case, the Rouge et Noir - sure of their strength and their game - seem equipped to fight on both fronts.

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hosts Lyon, goes to Stade Français, hosts UBB, goes to Perpignan and hosts Brive.

La Rochelle (2nd, 61 pts): finish strong on both fronts

Stade Rochelais is in the same situation as Toulouse, with a continental semi-final to prepare against Exeter in three weeks (April 30).

Less sovereign than last year during this season (three losses to Marcel-Deflandre), the Rochelais are gaining momentum as the final sprint approaches.

The end of the season will be particularly generous in the Top 14, with in particular two trips to the lawns of the RCT and the MHR.

But the Maritimes seem equipped to do damage by the end of the regular season.


receives Bayonne, receives Clermont, goes to Toulon, goes to Montpellier and receives the Stade Français.

Stade Français (3rd, 56 pts): watch out for the slack

After several seasons in the hollow of the wave, the Parisian club - galvanized by the announced departure of its manager Gonzalo Quesada - played the leading roles throughout the season.

With a conquering game.

This is not the time to falter for the Soldiers who, apart from this weekend's trip to Corrèze, will face only competitors to join the top 6. Eliminated from the Challenge Cup, Paris only has one goal: to try to get a first national title since 2015.


goes to Brive, receives Toulouse, goes to Clermont, receives Lyon and goes to La Rochelle.

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Lyon (4th, 55 pts): quickly fixed on his fate

The slap received in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup against Toulon hurt... And the rest could be even worse for LOU, who could collapse in the Top 14. The two upcoming trips to Toulouse then Bordeaux will be decisive.

Missing the finals after being at the forefront all season would be a terrible disappointment for Xavier Garbajosa's team.

The receptions, on the other hand, of Perpignan and Bayonne still make it possible to believe in it.


goes to Toulouse, goes to UBB, receives Perpignan, goes to Stade Français and receives Bayonne.

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Bordeaux-Bègles (5th, 53 pts): heavy in perspective

The UBB season has been chaotic, marked in particular by the stormy departure of Christophe Urios at the start of the year.

But the Girondin club is still in the game.

Except that during the last five, apart from the reception of the Paloise Section, Maxime Lucu and his teammates - nevertheless deprived of Matthieu Jalibert - will rub shoulders with direct competitors, also in search of points.

Three high-risk trips on the program: to the Arena du Racing, then to Toulouse and Toulon.

Very very high...


goes to Racing 92, receives Lyon, goes to Toulouse, receives Pau and goes to Toulon.

Toulon (6th, 52 pts): the reasons to believe it

The RCT, another club that has had more downs than ups, but is still in the game.

It remains to be seen what face the players of Mignoni and Azema will show at the end of the regular season.

The conqueror of success against Paris and two victories against LOU?

Or the one - more ordinary - that was seen during the season?

One thing is certain, the Varois seem to be gaining momentum and they have a foot in the top 6 that will have to be preserved.

A priori, the next two matches should be to their advantage.

Be careful, however, not to spoil everything because the last three days will be much more complicated.


goes to Perpignan, receives Castres, receives La Rochelle, goes to Racing 92 and receives UBB.

Racing 92 (7th, 51 pts): flashback

This year, Racing has rocked strongly.

Some have spoken of a transitional season for the Ciel et Blancs and raised the possibility that the Hauts-de-Seine club will miss the finals for the first time since returning to the top flight in 2009-2010.

Although Racing were swept out of the Challenge Cup by the South African Lions, success in the derby against neighbors and rivals Stade Français gave some glimmers of hope.

With three receptions to come, Laurent Travers' team can continue to believe in it.

But the slightest misstep could be fatal.


receives the UBB, goes to Perpignan, receives Bayonne, receives Toulon and goes to Clermont.

Bayonne (8th, 50 pts): believing in miracles

The promoted stunner has long been in the top 6, securing his hold fairly early in the season.

So why not look higher and get a ticket to the finals?

The idea may seem a bit crazy but the Basques have managed to build a remarkable state of mind this season.

For them, the essential is there with the maintenance in the pocket.

The rest is just a bonus but it seems almost impossible with only confrontations (including three trips) against candidates for the final stages.


goes to La Rochelle, receives Montpellier, goes to Racing 92, receives Clermont and goes to Lyon.

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Montpellier (9th, 48 pts): champion in danger

Aftermaths that are disillusioned for the champion of France.

The MHR, in the wake of its first title, had a chaotic exercise, unable to chain results and find continuity in the game. The Hérault club had to deal with an impressive number of injuries.

The next trip to Castres will be almost double or quits for Philippe Saint-André's team.

Three receptions will be linked to try to achieve a crazy rise in the standings.


goes to Castres, receives Bayonne, receives Brive, receives La Rochelle and goes to Pau.

Clermont (10th, 45 pts): mission impossible?

There will have been no Christophe Urios effect.

Called during the season to replace Jono Gibbes, the former manager of Castres and UBB ultimately failed to revive the Auvergne machine.

Always in search of his game and certainties.

Mathematically, the ASM can still believe in it.

But that is far too complicated for this team in reconstruction.

The case could be folded within a fortnight with two trips to come, on the lawn of the Section Paloise then of the Stade Rochelais.

It will then be time to think about the next exercise...


goes to Pau, goes to La Rochelle, receives Stade Français, goes to Bayonne and receives Racing 92.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-04-12

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