Springbok Leyds Kicks La Rochelle To Top 14 Summit
Paris, Oct 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Oct, 2022 ) :South Africa full-back Dillyn Leyds scored nine points from the tee as La Rochelle beat Racing92 24-19 to take over as leaders of the French Top 14 on Saturday.
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell slotted a late penalty to secure a defensive bonus point for the Parisians, who led until the final 12 minutes.
"We were snoring at half-time," La Rochelle prop Thierry Paiva told reporters.
"It's normal, when you're asleep, you need to wake, and it worked." Greasy conditions welcomed a Stade Marcel-Deflandre that was sold-out for a record-extending 70th straight league game after a day of heavy rain on the Atlantic coast.
The visitors led 16-7 at the break as ex-New Zealand centre Francis Saili made the most of Teddy Thomas' knock-on on his own goal-line following a Henry Chavancy kick to claim his maiden Racing try.
Russell had kicked three penalties for the Parisians before Samoa playmaker UJ Seuteni snuck over for the home side earlier in the half.
France's Thomas almost made up for his earlier mistake by sliding over in the corner but fumbled the ball inches from the line with half an hour to play.
The former Racing winger then redeemed himself with 10 minutes left by burrowing to scoring on the right flank.
"I'm happy to be back to my best," Raka told reporters.
Les Bleus scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud and the Boks' No. 8 Arno Botha claimed tries for the visitors who continue to look for their first victory at Stade Marcel Michelin since 1939.
Elsewhere, Fiji's Olympic champion Jiuta Wainiqolo clinched his third try of the season as Toulon beat Pau 34-17 and South African stand-off Tristan Tedder was successful with three penalties as Perpignan held on to edge last season's runners-up Castres 14-10.