The Ile-de-France derby between the two red lanterns of the Top 14, Stade Français and Racing 92, turned in favor of the Hauts-de-Seine club (9-25).
Woe to the loser. The Stade Français and Racing 92 played big in this showdown on Sunday, November 10, in the Top 14. A match between the 14e and the 13e of the championship which ended with a stinging defeat of the Stadistes at home, 9 to 25. Thanks to a third try marked at the end of the meeting (79e), the Racing even picks up an offensive bonus point that allows the club Hauts-de-Seine to go back to the 10e Top 14 spot, just three points off the podium. The men of Heyneke Meyer remain, for their part, more than ever stuck in the last place of the championship, seven points Agen, first barragiste.
The return of the international Racingmen (Camille Chat, Wenceslas Lauret, Maxime Machenaud, Finn Russell and Virimi Vakatawa) made the difference. The globalists brought control to the Sky and White, thanks to the foot of Machenaud, but they could also count on their winger Teddy Thomas, author of a hat-trick. Paul Alo-Emile, Paul Gabrillagues, Nicolas Sanchez and Gael Fickou, also back in their club following the World Cup in Japan, could not prevent the Stade Français from sinking for the seventh time of the season.
If, with this win in the derby, the Racing is reassured to a week of an opposition that promises to be muscular in the European Cup against the formidable English Saracens, defending champions, Stade Français, for its part, plunges into the crisis and will have to raise the head to leave the red zone.