TOP 14. VIDEO. Discover all the summaries of this 3rd day, from the victory of Racing to that of the MHRAfter three days of Top 14, only one club is still undefeated after Toulouse’s defeat in Pau: Stade Rochelais. The Maritimes are managing their start to the championship well after winning the Champions Cup title. They are four steps ahead of Antoine Dupont and company as well as the French champion from Hérault. But the pack is not far behind since from 4th to 7th, four formations have the same number of points (8). A ranking that is trained over the days. But for some like former player Jean-Baptiste Lafond via Rugbyrama, there aren’t going to be many changes when it comes to the big teams: “You will see that in three or four months, the ranking will not have changed.”
He sees three teams dominating the season, namely La Rochelle, Montpellier and Toulouse, and sharing the podium and a direct qualification in the half. Which clubs will be in the Top 6? Behind these three cadors, he sees Racing 92 finish 4ᵉ or 5ᵉ then the UBB carried by its public and Urios. Which leaves only room for dams. “There is a chair for five or six clubs”, to know Clermont, Paris, Castres or even Toulon and Pau who will flirt with the Top 6 and who will hook it one day. And according to him, “it’s not enough.” The fight will be once again fierce and there will be disappointed like every year. “I will suggest a solution to prevent bloodshed, clubs tearing and coaches jumping. But also to satisfy the sponsors, the public and the supporters.” A solution ? A quarter-final.
These put* dams occupy a day of the championship. So whether it’s a quarter or a shoot-off, it’s the same. So I suggest first meets eighth, second meets seventh, etc., at home in the quarterfinals. That way everyone will be happy. It will ease the tension.”