La Rochelle strikes a big blow. A week after their success against Stade Toulousain, the Maritimes confirmed their renewed form by winning in Pau (20-29), opening the 12th day of the Top 14. This is the first victory of the season away from Ronan O'Gara's players, after five losses away from Marcel-Deflandre. After two losses to launch their Champions Cup campaign, the Rochelais will have no room for error next Sunday at home, against the Leicester Tigers.
A setback, on the other hand, for the Section Paloise which lost at home after ten wins in a row. The last team to win at Le Hameau was... La Rochelle, March 4, 2023 (36-12). This is the sixth consecutive victory for the Maritimes among the Béarnais! After a good start to the season, the Palois marked time and conceded a second setback in a row, after that suffered at Oyonnax (34-13).
Two former Clermontois scored this Saturday at Hameau. Winger Samuel Ezeala first opened the scoring for the Béarnais (39th), but the double European champions reacted with Judicaël Cancoriet (45th). The difference was long made in terms of scorers: Simmonds passed five penalties, compared to six for Reus. Before Teddy Thomas sealed La Rochelle's success at the end of the match (78th). With this success, the caravel club temporarily rises to 6th place with 30 points, Pau remains fourth (31 points).