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Perpignan pays off Racing 92, leader on borrowed time

USAP easily took over the Ile-de-France residents at the opening of the Top 14 day.

Perpignan won at home with the offensive bonus against Racing 92 (26-5), which could lose its leadership position depending on the results of the other matches of this 14th day.

This is the fifth consecutive success for Usap in its home of Aimé-Giral, where the Catalans have been undefeated since October 29 and a setback against Pau (24-39). Perpignan is taking advantage of this precious success to give itself a little extra breathing space compared to the red zone, provisionally counting six points ahead of bottom red Montpellier.

Authoritarian leader since the start of the season, Racing 92 is going through a zone of turbulence with this third consecutive away defeat.

Beaten at home by Stade Toulouse on the previous day (20-27), the Ile-de-France residents remain temporarily at the top of the championship but they are now within gunshot of their pursuers.

-To the good memory of Dupichot

Trained in Racing, where he still played last season, fullback Louis Dupichot did a lot of harm to his former partners.

Author of his first try of the season in the Top 14 in the tenth minute, he then distinguished himself by delivering two assists: first for his scrum half Tom Ecochard (14-0, 23rd) then for the fifth test since the start of the championship of his winger Tavite Veredamu (19-5, 32nd).

The best team in the Top 14 on the road until then, Racing 92 never managed to reverse the dynamic of a meeting where the Ile-de-France residents were too messy and too undisciplined, especially in the second half.

Usap even got the offensive bonus point on its last offensive brought to fruition by replacement hooker Ignacio Ruiz.

On the next day, the Catalans will challenge Stade Français in Paris while Racing will host Montpellier.

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