The regular season of the Top 14 will deliver its verdict this Saturday during the 26th and final day (9:05 pm). Everything will be decided for the first two places, the play-offs and the identity of the barrage to stay in the elite.
Semi-finals: four contenders for two places
They are still four for the first two places of the Top 14, directly qualifying for the semi-finals. With two teams in a strong position: Toulouse and La Rochelle, the first two (77 points). One point is enough for them to maintain their position. Third (73 points), Racing 92 can still hope to get into the Top 2. It will have to win with the offensive bonus against Brive by avoiding a tie with Toulouse, La Rochelle or three. The task promises to be even more complex for the Union Bordeaux-Bègles (4th, 72 points) in the obligation to obtain a large improved success against Toulouse, victorious in the first leg 47-23, while making up for its difference of particular points with Toulouse (without conceding defensive bonus). The UBB must also count on a defeat of La Rochelle or Racing. In the event of a tie at four (77 points), Toulouse would finish first ahead of La Rochelle, Racing and UBB.
Who in dams?
Fighting for the Top 2, Racing 92, 3rd, is already guaranteed to play its dam at home. Ditto for the UBB (4th, 72), which has the advantage over Clermont (5th, 67) in the event of a tie. There are therefore two places left (5th and 6th, synonyms of roadblocks outside) to run for. In the event of a better victory against La Rochelle, Clermont, master of his destiny, will validate his presence in the following round. This will also be the case for Toulon (6th with 66 points) on the field of Castres, in a final for the play-offs. Because the CO, 8th (64 points) can snatch his ticket on the gong. He will have to win for this with the bonus but a simple success may also be sufficient depending on the results of Clermont and Stade Français. Traveling to Bayonne, Paris (7th, 66 points) will climb into the Top 6 if it scores better than the RCT or if Clermont does not win. Remember also that the first seven will qualify for the next Champions Cup season.
A two-team fight for the maintenance barrage
Finally, there is one last stake at the bottom of the table: who will occupy 13th place, synonymous with a barrage to maintain against the loser of the Pro D2 final (between Perpignan and Biarritz)? Currently 13th, Pau (41 points) against a revamped Montpellier team. Any other result would condemn the Section to a roadblock. But the Pau are dependent on the result of Bayonne (12th, 45 points) who would save themselves in the event of a draw or victory against Stade Français. Pau’s success combined with a no-bonus defeat for Bayonne would benefit Pau. To put it simply, in the event of a tie on points between Pau and Bayonne, the Palois would pass in front.
Repechage in the event of Covid
On May 11, the National Rugby League (LNR) updated the regulations in the event of a team unable to participate in a meeting due to cases of coronavirus (officially regardless of the impediment). If the declared time of the impediment is noted no later than 48 hours after kick-off, the team unable to take part in the match will be replaced by the highest ranked unqualified team at the end of the match. regular season. In the case of the semi-finals, the team that cannot take part in the match will be replaced by the losing team in the qualifying round with the highest ranking at the end of the regular season. The situation will be assessed by the steering committee in the event of the final.
The program for the 26th and final day of Top 14
Saturday June 5 at 9:05 p.m .:
Union Bordeaux-Bègles – Toulouse
Racing 92- Brive
Castres – Toulon