Top 14 – Bayonne wins away for the first time this season by surprising Racing 92

Top 14 – Bayonne wins away for the first time this season by surprising Racing 92
Top 14 – Bayonne wins away for the first time this season by surprising Racing 92

The sun is good for morale and the game! This Saturday afternoon, Racing 92 and Aviron Bayonnais fought a fierce battle with no less than eight attempts registered. An offensive festival at the end of which it was the Bayonnais who had the last word. Grégory Patat’s men therefore offer themselves their first away victory of the season (28-37).

Under the Auxerre sun, Racingmen and Bayonnais offered a first period rich in spectacle and tests (7!). In the enclosure usually occupied by AJA footballers, it was the Ile-de-France residents who struck first. For his big return to competition after his injury, it only took a minute for Josua Tuisova to avoid a tackle from Denis Marchois and dive into the goal. Here, the Fijian center came to punish a catastrophic first action by Aviron, where Rodrigo Bruni had committed a forward attack when receiving the kick-off (7-0, 1st).

Sanconnie sees red

In great form, Racing quickly doubled the stakes. This time, it all started with a breakthrough from Nolann Le Garrec, who easily tore apart the Bayonne defensive curtain. The game quickly rebounded on the left, Habosi, Spring and Chouzenoux brought the ball to life and Fickou finished the job (14-0, 7th). Author of a poor start, Bayonne reacted on the following action, when Tom Spring pierced the local defense on the halfway line, thus surprising everyone (14-7, 9th).

A quarter of an hour into this very lively start to the match, Fabien Sanconnie received a red card for a dangerous clearance on Vincent Giudicelli, but that did not prevent Racing, on a ball carried well by Camille Chat, to take off again (21-7, 23rd). However, Rowing is a surprising team and Grégory Patat’s men finished the first act strong.

Tom Spring in good shape!

Against his former team, Maxime Machenaud scored a double. First, the number nine faked the pass under the posts and dove into the goal (21-14, 29th). Then, he took advantage of a bad pass from Chat for Kolisi, on an action where Bayonne had found progress thanks to a magnificent breakthrough from Tom Spring (21-21, 32nd).

Player, Rowing even took the advantage in the score by scoring a sumptuous try. On this offensive, the visitors were not afraid to try from their goal. Hodge, Baget and Bruni touched the ball and allowed Rowing to gain ground, then Martocq, served on the halfway line, finished the job (21-28, 40th). Thus and despite a yellow card received by Aurélien Callandret (technical foul) just before the siren, Rowing took the lead at the break.

Bayonne defends well

The second half was much less lively than the first. Only one try was scored, by Gaël Fickou, on a recovery ball where Rowing wanted to play too much, from his own camp (28-31, 50th). The Basque club, for its part, has built its success thanks to the success at the foot of Camille Lopez. The number ten scored nine points (45th, 60th, 74th), which allowed his team to be in the lead throughout the second half.

The rest of the time, the visitors, sometimes annoyed in the scrum, generally defended the various Ile-de-France attacks well and we remember, in hindsight, this decisive touch counter from Denis Marchois at the end of the match (75th). Moreover, the Racing alignment seemed hesitant and particularly clumsy in the second half. He is no stranger to the defeat of the Ile-de-France residents who will have to fight for qualification, while Bayonne has, for its part, taken a big step towards maintaining.

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