Top 14: Auvergne Trapped La Rochelle Resigns Leadership

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Stripped of starter Antoine Hastoy with six minutes of play, the Maritimes doubled down on inaccuracies to suffer their first loss of the season on Sunday.

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A bitter first defeat.The Rocheley family They struggled against the aggressive and defensively solid Clermontois. With Antoine Hastoy not released in his six minutes of play in the first half, the Maritimes added to his inaccuracy on Sunday 25 September in a (22-13) loss against ASM.

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Is there a curse on the Ronan Ogarra men at Marcel Michelin’s stadium, historically unfit for them? A first loss of the season stole the top 14 at the end of day four, going to Toulouse and tying points with Montpellier. For Clermont, on the other hand, this second success provides a welcome breath of fresh air after defeats against Toulon (30-29) and Stade his Français (24-18).

The ubiquitous Arthur Iturria opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and Clermontois scored solidly. Positive signs at last after a disappointing start to the season. When the possession percentage remained mostly Rochelais (59%), ASM played with an arsenal of envy and aggression.2 intrusions in the first period (3rd place Ituria, 32nd place Simone) It was enough for ASM to score two tries and install a slight advantage (13-3). On the other hand, it is not enough to feel calm. Leaving Charente-Maritime he went to Jaunards, Jules Plisson lacked precision on pole. The defense held on until halftime. Drawn (13-13) thanks to a try by Tanga (58th) at the start of the second period, Rochelay were weakened by their disorder and countless forwards.

Four penalties from the eventual inspired Jules Prisson (including three registered in the six-minute space at the end of the match) ended the debate and provided Clermont with a Maritime scalp. .

Source: Francetvinfo

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