French round-up: New leaders, Lescure beat Toulon 36-1 and Moroccan half-back off to Carpentras
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First wins for Lyon and Lescure
Every Elite 2 Championship team has now won at least one game. Lyon, after three straight losses, beat defending champions Baho, who continue to have a poor start with suspensions and injuries hitting them hard. Meanwhile, Lescure finally got off the board after successive defeats by beating Toulon by the bizarre scoreline of 36-1.
Pia beat Carpentras, VARL is getting better
Last season’s two semi-finalists, Carpentras and Pia had an appointment for the big game of round 4. Despite a number of injuries, Pia won even after trailing 14-2 at half time.
There was a close game between Salon and VARL, as Vinnie Anderson’s VARL eventually pulled away to win 36-16.
Entraigues the new leaders
Entraigues and Villefranche met to fight for top spot in the Elite 2 Championship. Unbeaten until then, Villefranche led 12-0 inside 20 minutes but Entraigues fought back to win 29-18.
Iliass Laachiri joins Carpentras
The Moroccan halfback Iliass Laachiri, an African Cup of Nations finalist, has joined Carpentras. A big boost for Jérôme Alonso who lost Hugo Bravo early in the season.
|Saturday 26 October 2019|
|LYON-VILLEURBANNE XIII||28 – 12
|Sunday 27 October 2019|
|CARPENTRAS XIII||22 – 29
|LESCURE XIII||36 – 1
|VILLEFRANCHE XIII||18 – 29
|VILLEGAILHENC XIII||36 – 16