Joris Segonds scored 26 points to help Stade Français win 46-27 against Lyon on Friday, a fifth consecutive Top 14 victory that allows them to temporarily overtake Toulon in sixth place in the standings.
The result leaves the Stadium in last place in the play-offs with 66 points, with just one more weekend to go in the regular season. This also guaranteed Bordeaux-Bègles a place in the play-offs, while ensuring that Lyon would not qualify.
Toulon, which hosts Bordeaux-Bègles, and Castres, in Brive, both have 60 points and could take over the place of the Stade in the play-offs on Saturday.
Stade scored four tries thanks to Fijian winger Sefanaia Naivalu (2), Tongan full-back Telusa Veainu and South African scrum-half James Hall, Segonds scoring four conversions and six additional penalties.
Lyon have also gone through the whitewash four times, passing by Baptiste Couilloud, Dylan Cretin, and New Zealanders Toby Arnold and Charles Ngatai, but that was not enough against the resurgent Parisian club.
Clermont, currently fifth with 67 points, is outside the championship leader Toulouse at the end of Saturday’s match, while Racing, fourth (68pts), plays in Agen.
It’s also a big weekend at the bottom of the table. With Agen already relegated, it seems he is between Pau (41 pts) and Bayonne (44 pts) to face the winners of the second division play-offs in another play-off to see who will be in the Top 14 next season.
Pau has the onerous task of making it to European Cup finalists La Rochelle, who are one point behind leaders Toulouse and keen to book a home semi-final, while Bayonne is also on the road to the winners of the European Cup Challenge Montpellier (50pts).
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