Faced with a Haut-Garonne team which has always been successful for them, the Audois won with the bonus and therefore retain their place at the top of the National ranking.
The National championship resumed last weekend after a three-week break for the end-of-year holidays. Racing and Blagnac have made a very successful comeback. An improved home victory each, for the Audois against Massy (46-10), for the Haut-Garonnais against Tarbes (31-6). Narbonne leads the group, tied on points with Nice (51). For their part, the Caouecs are in ninth position with 38 units.
Absent from today’s match, hooker Clément Estériola (suspended), third rows Paul Belzons (knee) and Bill Caffo (knee) are not available. The hooker Gabriel Atlan, the left props Geoffrey Moïse and Benito Delacruz, the right props Avto Gogiashvili and Jamie Hagan, the second lines Enzo Mélisse, Morgan Maga and Mauro Rebussone, the third lines Luke Nakobukobua, Dorian Peron and Grégoire Labit, the half of scrum Pierrick Nova, fly-half Théo Gomez, centers Louis Balfet, Sébastien Giorgis and Gauthier Wolf, wingers Pierre-Hugo Ducom, Étienne Ducom and Baptiste Tsague, backs James Kane and Thibault Santoro were not selected.
It’s half-time here at Ernest-Argelès and Narbonne has taken a small lead. Gilles Bosch converted this third try. Narbonne took a while to get into it, but once the machine gets going, it’s cotton. Mid-time ended 21 to 13.
While Blagnac seems to flatten another try, the referee calls his center to cancel the try and signal a foul. Blagnac’s third row receives a yellow card.
In 75 minutes, Racing will finish the match at 14, Théo Mias receives a yellow card for a reverse tackle.
The victory of Narbonne, what’s more with the offensive bonus in Blagnac’s pocket (13-31). Racing retains the lead in the championship and will be able to head towards Nice with peace of mind.
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