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14th Place: An unlikely defeat for Rochelle Stadium at Castres 31/30

While they led 24 to 3 and then 30 to 17, Rochelais lost by a point 31/30 at Castres. Defeat leaves a bitter taste.

The night was undoubtedly difficult for the Stade Rochelais players. They had to try to understand why they got away with this match. A few minutes before the end of the first half they received an offensive bonus, and at the end of the match they received only a defensive bonus. Point has returned from this trip to Custer and will not miss their frustration. They suffered a collective defeat, even if Ehia West, top scorer in almost the entire match, missed the two points. He earned two breaks for the first in 80 and the second in 83.

Ronan O’Gara, coach of Rochelles, looked frustrated in the mixed zone at the end of the match. He didn’t want to dwell on the striker’s failure, but rather the collective failure and lack of intensity in the second half, he said. regpirama

This result is frustrating and inevitably disappointing for everyone. I’ve said it many times, this season, a match, it takes 80 minutes. Today, there was a better one compared to our last away game, but it’s not enough. When you score 30 points away from your bases, you have to win the game, it’s not normal

The Rochelais team had a chance to consolidate its position in the top four in the standings. But Castries, unbeaten in 14 home games, was able to reverse the trend and take advantage of the deteriorating form of the Marine Games. Al-Rousili showed their strength, especially the group of strikers, in the first half.

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In the standings, La Rochelle is fifth behind Caster Olympique and directly ahead of the returning Lyon and Clermont. The next match will take place on Saturday 8 January at 17:00 at Stade Maillol against RC Toulon, who are currently 11th in the standings.