Updated / Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 18:27
Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle side have reached the summit of the Top 14 table after a home win over Stade Francais.
The 16-11 victory means the former Munster and Ireland out-half’s team go top in France on 58 points before third-placed Toulouse – one point adrift of the leaders in the standings – make the trip to face Lyon later on Saturday.
La Rochelle are level on points with second-placed Racing 92, although the Parisians who have ex-Munster and Ireland duo Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan in their ranks have played a game more.
Thomas Berjon scored La Rochelle’s opening try before Stade winger Telusa Veainu crossed over just after half-time for the visitors.
But penalties and conversions from Jules Plisson and Ihaia West made the difference for O’Gara’s men as they sealed a valuable victory by five points.