Let’s take a look at what happened in Day 6 of the Top 14
In the closing match of the Top 14, Stade Francais defeated Clermont 22-14. Flying Fijians centre Waisea Nayacalevu scored in the 13th minute and again in the 49th.
For Clermont Alivereti Raka also crossed the whitewash in the 62nd minute. Both teams are on 2 wins each. Again no word from the French clubs on why Peceli Yato and Peni Ravai were not selected for Clermont and the injury to Sefa Naivalu for Stade Francais has kept him out of the side since the opening round.
Back on Nayacalevu, he will transfer to Toulon at the end of the season after a decade in Stade Francais.
Josua Vici returned for Montpellier in their narrow loss to Bordeaux. Masivesi Dakuwaqa started at flanker and scored a try in the 59th minute. The flanker position will be hotly contested with the Flying Fijians squad being named in a couple weeks.Embed from Getty Images
Virimi Vakatawa’s Racing 92 won a close match with Perpignan 17-14 who featured Tevita Cavubati at lock. Tex has shown solid form this season and would not go wrong in a white jersey. He looks trimmer and fitter and has lead from the front for his new club.
Vilimoni Botitu missed the match for Castres against La Rochelle. Castres found it tough gaining any forward momentum as La Rochelle muscled up and kept them to only 246 run metres. Josaia Raisuqe came off the bench in the 56th minute and managed to make more metres than any player in the side with 43. He also beat 4 defenders with 1 offload. Filipo Nakosi and Adrea Cocagi were also there for Castres.
On the winning side Eneriko Buliruarua with 54 run metres from 4 runs. He made 2 clean breaks and offloaded twice in a solid performance from the test centre. Coming back from the test matches earlier in the year has made him a better player and he seems to play with a lot more confidence now. Levani Botia did not play for La Rochelle.Embed from Getty Images
Pau looked like creating a boilover in their match against leaders Toulouse when they went in at the break 7-0. Lekima Tagitagivalu made his return for Pau with Aminiasi Tuimaba suspended for the clash. Surprisingly Jale Vatubua, who had a stellar performance last week, was benched in this game. He came on in the 56th minute as Toulouse turned the heat up. They won the match 38-10.Embed from Getty Images
Toulon got back in the winners circle with a 13-9 win over Brive. Leone Nakarawa started at flanker and totalled 57 run metres, only bested by his fullback on 60 run metres by both sides. The veteran really is in a different mindset and is turning back the clock. 6 offloads for the match, a try assist and 1 clean break. Impressive stats in a close encounter.
Setareki Bituniyata was on the wing for Brive. He managed 39 run metres and 4 defenders beaten, the most on both counts by a Brive player. Peniami Narisia and Sevanaia Galala both came off the bench.
That wraps up our Day 6 review of the Top 14. I have mentioned several times the Top 14 are terrible with news on injuries and selections/non selections. I’ll do my best to update on players injuries.
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