the essentials USAP wins its rise to the elite of French rugby as well as the title of French Pro D2 champion. The Biarrots can still move up, they will play the final play-off against the future 13th of the top 14.
It is the return of a big name in French rugby among the elite: Perpignan. The USAP won the Pro D2 Championship final that Saturday afternoon, June 5th, a 33-14 win against Biarritz. And here the Catalan second division champions are back in the top 14, two years after their last relegation.
That Saturday afternoon, the Catalans broke the Basque defense three times in Montpellier. In the 10th minute by Georges Tilsley. Then from Ben Volavola in 53rd and Melvyn Jaminet in 74th place. Jaminet (21), author of four penalties and three transformations.
On Biarrot’s side, an attempt by Lucas Peyresblanques at the very end of the game, the other points were the work of Scrum half-man James Hart on penalties.
The USAP, 7-time champion of France (last title in 2009) and finalist of the European Cup 2003 (defeat against Stade Toulousain 22-17) thus finds the highest national level.
BO side, all promotion hopes are based on the tide of joining against the future 13th of the top 14. A unique game in Biarritz is scheduled for Saturday June 12th. The Biarrots will find out the identity of their opponent this Saturday evening, at the end of the 26th and final day of the Top 14. It will be Pau or … Bayonne! So we could watch a Basque derby to get the elite’s last ticket.