European Rugby Cup: La Rochelle beats Glasgow and finishes 3rd in its pool

With an improved victory in Glasgow (38-30) on Saturday, La Rochelle secured third place in their pool and home advantage in the second leg of the round of 16.

Against the Scots, who absolutely needed a victory to obtain their qualification, Stade Rochelais proved to be very realistic in capitalizing on the opposing errors in the second half despite two yellow cards in the last minutes.

Ronan O’Gara’s men were able to be patient after a first act where clumsiness prevented them from making the hole, even if a try in the stoppage time of the first period of Paul Boudehent had allowed them to turn in the lead (15-9).

The only scare came from a Scottish reaction at the very beginning of the second act.

The back of Glasgow, Scott Mckay scores a try despite the return of his vis-à-vis La Rochelle, Brice Dulin, during the 4th day of the European Cup, January 22, 2022 at the Scotstoun Stadium (AFP – ANDY BUCHANAN)

On a magnificent interval catch from Ross Thompson, the Warriors opener perfectly shifted Josh McKay who went to flatten and Thompson’s transformation allowed the locals to pass in front (16-15, 41st) for the second time in the match , after leading a few seconds 3-0 at the very beginning of the match.

Indiscipline without consequence

La Rochelle hooker Pierre Bourgarit pierces the Glasgow defense during the 4th day of the European Cup, January 22, 2022 at Scotstoun Stadium (AFP - ANDY BUCHANAN)
La Rochelle hooker Pierre Bourgarit pierces the Glasgow defense during the 4th day of the European Cup, January 22, 2022 at Scotstoun Stadium (AFP – ANDY BUCHANAN)

Far from losing the thread, the Rochelais were stung and on a regrouping a few meters from the Scottish line, Pierre Bourgarit escaped the arms of four opponents to put the French back on the right track (22-16, 46th ).

After a penalty from Pierre Popelin, which had put them out of reach (25-15, 49th), the Scots messed up an attack ball on the 22 meters from La Rochelle which allowed Brice Dulin to cross the field in two shots. feet. A favorable rebound allowed Pierre Boudehent to grab the ball eight meters from the line and go and offer the essential offensive bonus to his team (32-16, 50th).

The end of the game was a little more disjointed between energy of despair on the Scottish side and lack of discipline on the La Rochelle side, which played for a moment at thirteen after yellow cards for Gregory Aldritt (68th) and Dillan Leyds (74th).

But despite a close final from Glasgow to fail at eight points (38-30) the French have secured the blow and can wait for the identity of their opponent who will be the sixth in Pool B, at the beginning of April.

The La Rochelle victory also qualifies Clermont for the final phase.

Glasgow will have to hope for a defeat of Montpellier without a bonus on Sunday against Exeter or that the Opreys will not win by a wide margin in Sale to see the round of 16.


Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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