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Top 14: exploit from Agen to Pau, Oyonnax drives Brive

Ⓒ AFP – IROZ GAIZKA – | The winger of Agen Vincent Farré makes a pass during the trip to Pau in the 24th day of Top 14 April 14, 2018

Agen almost ensured its continuation in Top 14 by winning at Pau (33-22) while Oyonnax has left the last place in the Top 14, the only one who sends directly into Pro D2, Brive, beaten 40-17 in Ain Saturday on the 24th day.

Agen did it! While traveling with a cador from the top of the table, the club of Lot-et-Garonne has outdone himself to snatch a victory as unexpected as deserved.

His Pacific wingers, Filipo Nakosi (3 tries) and George Tilsley (1), untenable, are also obviously for many. But the XV agenais also held good defense in the second half by repelling every Pau offensive.

The Section (6th) falls high and will leave Sunday in the Qualifying Zone, since the winner of La Rochelle (7th) -Castres (8th) will necessarily pass before.

With 8 points ahead of the red zone two days from the end, Agen can not yet take the champagne out of the fridge, but almost. The SUA will have a dream opportunity to do so on the penultimate day against Clermont (9th), winner 33-3 of a game without a challenge against Bordeaux-Bègles (10th).

The SUA would then definitively overtake Oyonnax (13th), wide winner of the match of fear against Brive thanks to his opener Ben Botica, masterful in the conduct of the game.

Frustrated at not having scored a 6th test synonymous with bonuses, the USO can console itself with the back of Stade Français (12th), crashed in Lyon (44-3), and can still overtake to avoid the promotion / relegation barrage against the Pro D2 finalist.

Beaten without discussion by his immediate competitor in the race to maintain, Brive finds himself again red lantern at two matches of the end of the regular season. With a trip to the Stade Français and the reception of Bordeaux-Bègles to finish, the CAB no longer has all the cards in hand.

– Toulon wins by growling –

Ⓒ AFP – BERTRAND LANGLOIS – | The center of Toulon Mathieu Bastareaud (d) scored an attempt against Montpellier on April 14, 2018 in the 24th day of Top 14

Assets, Toulon finally has champion of France. But, since the beginning of the season, the RCT has alternated the good and the worst against a leader in Montpellier overhauled with several executives left to rest.

Result: while the Var were holding the offensive bonus after a first period round (4 tries to 1), they lost it after the break by lowering the foot. And the captain Mathieu Bastareaud showed annoyance towards his manager Fabien Galthié, who asked him logically to choose the key rather than useless points on a penalty.

Provisionally 3rd before Toulouse (5th) -Racing 92 (2nd) Sunday, Toulon has not only lost a precious point in the race to the finals. He also lost two of his managers, François Trinh-Duc and Guilhem Guirado, injured early in the game and now uncertain for the future.

The LOU has made him full of points against the Stade Français (6 tries to 0) but here too, there is a break in the French internationals: his key player, the young half scrum Baptiste Couilloud, was also returned to the infirmary.

His possible package for the next matches would be a blow for the LOU, completely revived by this bonus success (4th) coupled with the defeat of Pau.

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