Farewell to Virimi Vakatawa, the PSG Handball festival… Your sports weekend in Île-de-France

Continuing on from the previous season, every weekend Le Parisien offers events that should not be missed in Île-de-France. Overview.

Rugby: Racing 92 pays tribute to Virimi Vakatawa

It is certainly only a goodbye. After the surprise announcement of the end of Virimi Vakatawa’s career due to a heart defect, the Ile-de-France club wanted to pay a last tribute to its former player against Lyon, Saturday at La Défense Arena. Entering the lawn in street clothes to the acclaim of the public, the three-quarter center signed a few autographs and was able to find his former teammates one last time. He was then able to see from the stands the great victory of Racing (32-19) and the health walk of Finn Russell, author of a 100% in his shots on goal and 17 points.

For its part, Stade Français also won, with more difficulty, against Bayonne (26-16) in the top flight. In Pro D2, Massy lost against Aurillac while Suresnes lost their first match of the season against Narbonne (22-15) in National.

Handball: ruthless PSG

The reigning champions, undefeated in Liqui Moly Starligue last season, were full of confidence against the promoted from Sélestat (36-23), during the second day and share the championship lead with Cesson-Rennes. This victory allows PSG to be undefeated in the top flight for 513 days. The last defeat of Karabatic’s teammates in the league dates back to April 25, 2021, at home against Nantes (24-25). An eternity.

But this weekend was not fruitful for the other Ile-de-France clubs. After its inaugural defeat against Toulouse, US Créteil lost again against Chambéry (32-36) and now occupies a relegation position. For his part, the promoted Ivry can have a smile after his victory against Chartres (27-31).

Among women, Paris 92, which was co-leader after winning its first two games in the Butagaz Energie League, was hooked at home against Besançon (23-23) on Friday. Méline Nocandy’s teammates (8 goals) find themselves one point behind the two main candidates for the title, Metz and Brest and will have to catch up against Plan-de-Cuques Handball on September 23.

Basketball: Sceaux leader, the Federal Center misses its return

Winners against the hopes of Lyon-Asvel at the start of the National 1 season, the players of Sceaux took the lead in Pool A thanks to their significant difference in points (+28) during their victory. On the other hand, the start of the season is more painful for the Federal Center which suffered a heavy defeat against Le Havre, synonymous with last place in Pool B (-28). In the derby between Sannois Saint-Gratien and Orly, it was the visitors who won (60-68).

Among the men in National 2, Tremblay continues his faultless with two victories in two games after winning the Ile-de-France derby against Gennevilliers (66-78) in group D. Similar situation for Poissy who crushed Liévin (77-44 ) and retains the lead of hen C.


BASKET. Nationale 2 (2nd day). Group C : LEVALLOIS- VANVES (57-64), POISSY – Liévin (77-44), VAL DE SEINE – Laval (81-74). Group D : GENNEVILLIERS – TREMBLAY (66-78), ALFORTVILLE – Holtzheim (81-96).

Nationale 1 (F) (1st day). Group A: FRENCH STADIUM – Escaudain (62-73), Lyon-Asvel – SEALS (71-99), SANNOIS St GRATIEN – ORLY (60-68). Group B : Le Havre – FEDERAL CENTER (84-47), FRANCONVILLE – Alencon (58-85).

HANDBALL. Starligue (2nd day): Chartres – IVRY (27-33); CRETEIL – chambery (32-36) ; PSG – Selestat (36-23). Proligue (2nd day): MASSY – Frontignan (33 – 28), Billère – PONTAULT COMBAULT (25–33) ; Sarrebourg – TREMBLAY (24-32 ). Butagaz League (3rd day): Paris 92 – Besançon (23-23).

HOCKEY. Ligue Magnus (3rd day): CERGY – Amiens. Postponed due to Covid-19 cases.

RUGBY. Top 14 (2nd day): FRENCH STADIUM – Bayonne (26-16), RACING 92 – Lyon (32-19). Pro D2 (4th day): Aurillac – MASSY (36-29) . Nationale (3rd day): Narbonne – SURESNES (22-15).



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