Top 14 - Newspaper Review
Upsets galore in latest Top 14 action
December 7, 2009
Racing Metro's Frans Steyn and Jacques Cronje salute their supporters following their latest Top 14 victory © Getty Images
It was a weekend of upsets in the Top 14 as Albi, Bourgoin, Brive and Montauban all celebrated wins against more illustrious opponents.
Newly promoted Racing Metro were the chief beneficiary, climbing into third place after a 28-15 win over Toulon. It was Racing's eighth league win on the bounce but fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski claimed it was too early to start talking about a potential play-off place.
"We won't be looking at the table," claimed Wisniewski in an interview with L'Equipe. "We have one objective - that's to stay up and we need one more point to make sure of that. Afterwards, we'll start thinking about different things. You can't start asking about semi-finals or quarter-finals…"
Bourgoin coach Eric Catinot said he was proud of his players after watching his side beat high-flying Castres 16-9. Speaking to Le Dauphine, Catinot said, "We've beaten the league leaders. To have done that is an achievement. Everyone has helped tirelessly to win this game and save the club. Today, I'm very proud of my players."
Meanwhile, Biarritz have been thrown into turmoil following Laurent Rodriguez' admission that he was considering his position as Director of Rugby. Speaking to Sudouest after their 9-20 defeat at the hands of lowly Albi, Rodriguez said, "We can keep analysing the matches against Castres and Racing Metro but I feel powerless in finding a solution. There is perhaps a decision to be made. I'm going to speak with my president."
The newspaper also reported that Biarritz president Serge Blanco was seen leaving the ground before the final whistle.
Elsewhere, a disappointed Guy Noves claimed Toulouse were guilty of giving "too many presents" after watching his side go down to a rejuvenated Brive team 21-27. Toulouse have endured a disastrous last six weeks, losing three of their last five matches and very nearly succumbing at home to Montauban last weekend. Speaking to Midi Olympique, Noves blamed the unsettling effect of the autumn internationals.
"Go and explain to my players that this match was important," fumed the veteran Toulousain before adding, "They weren't ready."