Rugby

Rugby - H Cup : le Racing-Métro s'offre Clermont

Par Germain Arrigoni, France Bleu dimanche 13 octobre 2013 à 19:01 Mis à jour le dimanche 13 octobre 2013 à 23:01

Jonathan Sexton, le demi d'ouverture du Racing-Métro
Jonathan Sexton, le demi d'ouverture du Racing-Métro © Maxppp

Le Racing-Métro s'est imposé contre Clermont à domicile dimanche soir (13-9) dans le duel 100% français en clôture de la première journée de H Cup. Les Franciliens ont été héroïques en défense en fin de match pour faire tomber le finaliste de la dernière édition. Un peu plus tôt, Toulon, le tenant du titre, s'est offert une victoire bonifiée contre Glasgow (51-28).

Les résultats et le programme de la 1ère journée

Venredi 11 octobre

Stade Toulousain 38 - 5 Zebre

Samedi 12 octobre

Trévise 10 - 27 Montpellier ** Castres Olympique 19 - 13 Northampton SaintsGloucester Rugby 27 - 22 Perpignan **

Dimanche 13 octobre

Toulon 51 - 28 Glasgow WarriorsRacing Métro 13 - 9 Clermont

Racing-Métro 13 - 9 Clermont

 Clermont devra faire mieux s'il veut remporter la plus prestigieuse des compétitions européennes après avoir échoué en finale la saison passée. L'ASM n'a pas su franchir les barbelés dressés sur la pelouse de Colombes dans ce duel franco-français. Les hommes de Vern Cotter avaient pourtant réalisé un bon premier acte en menant 9-3 grâce à la botte de Parra (10e, 24e, 36e). Mais au retour des vestiaires, le Racing-Métro a su jouer avec le vent pour virer en tête avec un essai d'Andreu (43e) et le jeu au pied de Sexton . Avec une grosse défense en fin de rencontre, les Franciliens sont restés devant au tableau d'affiche au coup de sifflet final pour décrocher un succès-référence. Les Auvergnats doivent se contenter du point du bonus défensif, bien loin de leurs ambitions en H Cup.

Toulon 51 - 28 Glasgow Warriors

Le RCT a eu un double visage contre les Ecossais. Il y a d'abord eu une première mi-temps de haute volée : le leader du Top 14 a rapidement pris le dessus sur le premier de la Ligue Celte en inscrivant 4 essais par Armitage (9e), Masoe (25e) et un doublé de Mermoz (15e et 35e) pour mener à la mi-temps 34-0 avec le point de bonus offensif déjà en poche. Mais le stade Mayol ne pensait pas avoir quelques sueurs froides au retour des vestiaires. Face à des Varois démobilisés, Glasgow se remettait en selle en allant à dame rapidement (42e) avant d'inscrire trois autres essais (54e, 59e, 63e) synonyme du point du bonus offensif. Les Ecossais ont même cru aller chercher celui du bonus défensif. Mais deux essais de Giteau (50e et 80e) et la botte de Michalak - entré en cours de jeu à la place de Wilkinson pour signer son grand retour après plus de quatre mois d'absence - ont eu raison du retour écossais.

 

Stade Toulousain 38 - 5 Zebre

Invaincu et intraitable cette saison à domicile, le Stade Toulousain a eu la peau vendredi des Zèbres de Parme, la seconde franchise italienne admise (avec Trévise). La seule véritable interrogation était de savoir à quel moment Toulouse allait s'assurer le point du bonus offensif. Eh bien ce fut avant même la pause. Après un début de match compliqué, les hommes de Guy Novès ont inscrit six essais par Huget (11e, 20e), Lamboley (18e), Médard (34e, 43e) et Nyanga (56e). Ils signent ainsi leur sixième victoire bonifiée en autant de matches, Top 14 et Coupe d'Europe confondus depuis le début de la saison et  s'installent en tête de la poule 3 devant les Anglais de Saracens, vainqueurs chez les Irlandais du Connacht.

Trévise 10 - 27 Montpellier

Le MHR devait gagner pour ne pas hypothéquer ses chances de sortir de sa poule relevée après avoir disputé les quarts de finale la saison passée. Et pour ça, les Héraultais ont pu s'appuyer sur la botte de Paillaugue qui a transformé quatre pénalités (2e, 21e, 36e, 46e) avant que Pélissié ne le remplace et prenne le relais pour enfoncer le clou en inscrivant un essai de filou (66e). Loamanu l'a imité dans la foulée (74e) mais c'est insuffisant pour repartir d'Italie avec le point du bonus offensif. La semaine prochaine, Montpellier recevra les Irlandais d'Ulster qui ont dominé les Anglais du Leicester (22-16) dans cette poule 5.

Castres Olympique 19 - 13 Northampton Saints

 Ces deux équipes se connaissaient très bien : c'est la quatrième année consécutive qu'elles sont dans la même poule de H Cup. Et samedi, le CO a pris le dessus face au deuxième du championnat anglais dans un groupe où le faux pas est interdit. Le champion de France est bien entré dans la rencontre avec un essai de Martial (9e) et a rapidement fait la course en tête grâce à la botte de Kockott (38e, 44e, 55e, 73e). En fin de rencontre, la défense bien oragnisée des Tarnais a su maîtriser les attaques adverses ne pas plier. Pas de bonus offensif pour Castres mais il était important de bien débuter sur la scène européenne car derrière, le Leinster et les Ospreys ne feront aucun cadeau aux Français.

Gloucester Rugby 27 - 22 Perpignan

 Comme lors de ses 12 déplacements en Angleterres dans les joutes européennes, l'USAP a de nouveau chuté. Les Catalans ont pourtant mené pendant quasiment tout le match avant que les Anglais ne viennent les poignarder par un essai à moins de cinq minutes du coup de sifflet final. Les Sang et Or avaient commencé pied au plancher avec Hook qui a inscrit un essai dès la première minute de jeu. La botte du demi d'ouverture de Perpignan - auteur de tous les points de son équipe (22e, 37e, 50e, 54e) - s'est même offert le luxe de réaliser le grand chelem : essai donc, mais aussi transformation, pénalité et drop. Mais cela n'a pas suffi à Perpignan qui a até sa fin de match. Après deux ans loin de la reine des compétitions européennes, l'USAP pourra avoir des regrets de ne repartir de la pelouse de l'avant-dernier du championnat anglais qu'avec le point du bonus défensif.> Retrouvez les photos du déplacement des Catalans à Gloucester.

 

Début de la Coupe d'Europe de rugby :  les clubs, les poules, les dates - Aucun(e)
Début de la Coupe d'Europe de rugby : les clubs, les poules, les dates

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