Segonds’ Boot secures narrow victory for Stade Francais

In a gritty display under challenging conditions, fly-half Joris Segonds proved to be the hero for Stade Francais as they edged past Montpellier in a tense 12-10 victory, further solidifying their position atop the French Top 14 standings.

Despite a sluggish performance, the 26-year-old Frenchman showcased his kicking prowess, slotting three penalties and a drop-goal to clinch the win in greasy conditions.

The win sees Stade Francais extend their lead at the summit of the Top 14, now sitting seven points clear of defending champions Toulouse, who currently occupy second place in the league standings. Meanwhile, Montpellier’s woes continue as they languish in 13th place, firmly entrenched in the relegation playoff spot, having suffered their 12th defeat in 20 league games this season under the guidance of director of rugby Bernard Laporte.

Looking ahead, Racing 92 prepares for a crucial Champions Cup last 16 clash against Toulouse next weekend, with anticipation building for the return of South Africa’s Siya Kolisi from injury. Lyon and Perpignan also eye crucial matchups, with wins potentially piling further pressure on Montpellier, the reigning champions of 2022.

Excitement mounts as Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack gears up for his first game since August, marking his return from a serious knee injury as he finds himself on the bench for the upcoming clash against Pau.

Additionally, French rugby sensation Antoine Dupont is set to don the number 10 shirt for the reigning champions, adding to the anticipation surrounding the highly anticipated fixture.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixtures, Bayonne takes on Toulon in a showdown that promises to deliver thrilling rugby action, with the Basque side traveling to San Sebastian in northern Spain for what is sure to be a captivating encounter.

About The Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *