Challenge Cup (J1): Pau cracks against the Cheetahs, Brive crushed by Cardiff, Toulon small winner of the Zebre

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Saturday December 10, 2022 at 11:20 p.m.

While Pau conceded defeat on home turf against the Cheetahs, Brive kicked off their Challenge Cup campaign with a very heavy defeat in Cardiff. Toulon, for its part, brings back a narrow victory from its trip to the Zebre lawn.

After the victory of Stade Français and the defeat of Perpignan on Friday at the start of the Challenge Cup season, the French balance sheet went back to negative, with the defeat of Pau against the Cheetahs. The Section lost at home with a score of 16-21 against this South African franchise based in Bloemfontein. If the first half saw Clément Mondinat and Ruan Pienaar respond to each other at the foot, which allowed the Palois to return to the locker room leading 9-3, the second turned out to be much more animated. From the 43rd, Daniel Maartens scored the first try of the game, transformed by Pienaar, and the South Africans therefore took control (9-10). But Rémi Seneca replied ten minutes later, spinning in turn in the in-goal (16-10). However, the Palois failed to score during the last 25 minutes of the match… Unlike the Cheetahs, who scored a new try by Oupa Mohoje in the 58th. Pienaar and Siya Masuku added two new penalties, and it is therefore a first victory for the South African franchise in the Challenge Cup. Pau will absolutely have to recover next week with the Welsh Dragons.

Cardiff ruthless with Brive

In great difficulty in the Top 14, Brive had the opportunity to change his mind in the Challenge Cup. However, with a revamped squad, CAB suffered a rout on Cardiff’s lawn. After three minutes, hooker Kristian Dacey flattened the first try of the game before replying shortly before the quarter-hour mark. Josh Adams added a punch in the middle of the first act to give them a 19-point lead. to the Welsh side at half-time. Seven minutes after returning to the lawn at Arms Park, Lloyd Williams secured the attacking bonus for Cardiff before Jarrod Evans went for his try. Brive, who has never been in a position to break through the Welsh defensive curtain, ended the match at fourteen due to the yellow card received by Tom Danovaro, who had replaced Joris Jurand before half-time. A numerical superiority which the Welsh took advantage of. In the last five minutes, Mason Grady then Theo Cabango were able to flatten the ball in the Corrèze in-goal. With this very clear victory (41-0), Cardiff takes control of Pool A.

Toulon is doing well against the Zebres

Toulon, for its part, concluded the day by saving the honor of the French clubs in the Challenge Cup. Traveling to Parma to face the Zebre, the RCT snatched victory at the very end of the match. Les Var took the lead over the Italians to the point of being awarded a penalty try after a quarter of an hour. However, hooker Luca Bigi allowed his team to equalize less than ten minutes later. While Matteo Nocera left the Zebres at fourteen at the end of the first act, Sergio Parisse stood out on his land by flattening the try allowing Toulon to take the lead by five points at halftime. Gaël Dréan increased the addition nine minutes after the restart but Enrico Lucchin answered him in stride, bringing the Italian formation to three lengths. On the hour mark, Kobus van Wyk allowed the Zebres to pass in front of the scoreboard but Gaël Dréan’s double ten minutes from the end of the game and the transformation of Dan Biggar, established for the first time under his new colors, allows Toulon to win (21-24).

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Challenge Cup (J1): Pau cracks against the Cheetahs, Brive crushed by Cardiff, Toulon small winner of the Zebre

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