Dominant and close to achieving the perfect shot, the Bayonnais failed to knock out MHR this Saturday. They take 4 points ahead of Bao. Maintenance will run on the last day
TIt will be played on the last day. Aviron Bayonnais dominated Montpellier for a long time, especially in the second half, but failed to win (23-19) on Saturday at Hérault. Basques (12, 45 points) are satisfied with the defensive bonus. They snatch another Pau unit, (13, 41 points) curled in La Rochelle (51-27). It will be necessary to beat the French Stadium, which will play a place in the final round, on Saturday 5 June at Jean Dujer. Meanwhile, Pau will host the officially-maintained Montpellier team.
Bayonnais showed incredible energy to the end. Despite cramps and exhaustion due to the first heat (26 degrees at kickoff), they failed to make way for a disorganized MHR at the end of the match.
Hassan started the game on the tenth attempt of Emeric Locke’s season (5, 0-7), then resisted despite Montpellier’s comeback (Baconi Test, 7-7, 14) and a half-d injury to Maxime Lafage’s opening (23). Manuel Ordas replaced him and criticized following a fall (24) and two kicks (32, 40 + 2). Nevertheless, MHR was ahead in the first half (17-16) thanks to a strength test from Serfontein (27th, 14-10) and 3 points from Pollard (36th place).
The South African will add a penalty kick in the second half (45), like his teammate Benoit Belaug (70), in response to a penalty kick by Gaitan German (68). The Basques were dominant in the ground game, and were gradually gaining the upper hand. Without finding a bug.