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Sunday Dec 31, 2023

Bayonne go full Barbarians as they defeat Racing with last minute try

There is never a dull moment when it comes to the Top 14.

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The French league is widely regarded as the most competitive club competition in the world, given the quality of the teams involved.

Built on a tribal nature where each team represents both a town and a region, the Top 14 is quite possibly the closest thing Rugby has to a football league.

Whether it is the Basque battle of Bayonne vs Biarritz or the Atlantic battle of Bordeaux vs La Rochelle or any of the seemingly endless other rivalries, the Top 14 always produces memorable clashes.

Whilst not necessarily a direct rivalry, Bayonne and Racing 92 proved once again the parity across the league this weekend.

WATCH: Duhan van der Merwe length off the field try vs Glasgow

Despite entering the round in 10th and 1st place, respectively, it would take till the 80th minute to decide the outcome of the match.

In the end, it was the lower-ranked Bayonne who would pull off one of the most spectacular scores one could hope to see on a rugby pitch.

Going from deep inside their own half, Bayonne pulled out all the stops including a pinpoint crossfield kick from Camille Lopez.

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Finishing off the move with some clutch footwork was winger Remy Baget, who stepped the final defenders to go in for the game-sealing score.

Simply put, this was one of the best tries we had seen at club level throughout 2023 and further highlights that any team can win on any given day in the Top 14.

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