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La Rochelle, Bordeaux Begles, Toulouse and Pau secured wins in an entertaining day of Top 14 action on Saturday after Clermont won earlier in the day.



Clermont Auvergne 23-21 Racing 92
Agen 14-20 Pau
Bordeaux-Bègles 47-17 Montpellier
La Rochelle 57-12 Oyonnax
Brive 19-22 Toulouse

Agen 14-20 Pau
Stade Armandie, Agen

Pau withstood late pressure to defeat Agen 20-14 at the Stade Armandie and seal their first away victory of the season.

The hosts were camped on the opposition line for five minutes after the clock had gone red, but Simon Mannix’s charges displayed impressive resistance to keep them out.

It had been comfortable enough for the visitors early on after Frank Halai rewarded their initial dominance by going over, but Philippe Sella’s team have been difficult to break down at home.

They were typically dogged here and were duly level when good hands on the left-hand side allowed Facundo Bosch to touch down.

Although Brandon Fajardo’s penalty took Pau back ahead, Jake McIntyre’s try meant that Agen went into the final quarter 14-10 in front.

Mannix’s men were getting desperate but their fears were eased by Masalosalo Tutaia who powered across the line from close range. Replacement Fajardo then added a three-pointer to extend their buffer to six and, despite a final Agen surge, the visitors held on.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Bosch, McIntyre
Cons: Mieres, McIntyre

For Pau:
Tries: Halai, Tutaia
Cons: Slade, Fajardo
Pens: Fajardo 2
Yellow Card: Ramsay

Bordeaux-Bègles 47-17 Montpellier
Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

Bordeaux-Bègles ended Montpellier’s 100 per cent record in emphatic fashion by thrashing the league leaders 47-17.

The visitors were without a number of key individuals and it showed as UBB raced into a 31-10 lead at the interval through Loann Goujon, Nev Edwards, Jean-Pascal Barraque and Apisai Naqalevu tries.

Vern Cotter’s men responded via Timoci Nagusa in the first half and also had another score controversially chalked off, but they were simply outplayed.

Nagusa’s second try did give Montpellier some hope after the break but Simon Hickey’s accurate kicking off the tee took the hosts clear.

Bordeaux then went in search of the bonus-point and, after Konstantin Mikautadze had been sent-off, Hickey crossed the whitewash to complete an outstanding display.

The scorers:
For Bordeaux:
Tries: Goujon, Edwards, Barraque, Naqalevu, Hickey
Cons: Hickey 5
Pens: Hickey 4

For Montpellier:
Tries: Nagusa 2
Cons: Cruden 2
Pen: Cruden
Red Card: Mikautadze


La Rochelle 57-12 Oyonnax
Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle

La Rochelle unsurprisingly put Oyonnax to the sword, touching down eight times in the process, as they went away with a dominant 57-12 victory over the promoted side.

Following a battling performance at Racing last weekend, the visitors lacked energy at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre. A second successive game on their travels evidently took its toll and the hosts duly benefited, going into a 29-7 lead at the interval.

Vincent Rattez and Viliami Ma’afu traded tries in the opening 15 minutes but Patrice Collazo’s men soon began to pull away.

Afa Amosa started the rout by powering across the whitewash before Kevin Gourdon and Jason Easton went over as the home team took a 22-point buffer into the break.

Although Benjamin Geledan scored for Oyonnax in the second period, Paul Jordaan, Victor Vito and Kini Murimurivalu (twice) all crossed to confirm La Rochelle’s dominance over last season’s ProD2 winners.

The scorers:
For La Rochelle:
Tries: Rattez, Amosa, Gourdon, Eaton, Jordaan, Vito, Murimurivalu 2
Cons: Bales 4, James 3
Pen: Bales
Yellow Card: Eaton

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Ma’afu, Geledan
Con: Ruiz



Brive 19-22 Toulouse
Stade Amedee-Domenech, Brive

Brive remain winless in the Top 14 as another disappointing evening saw them fall to a fifth defeat of the campaign after succumbing to Toulouse 22-19.

Nicolas Godignon’s men needed the win to kick-start their campaign but, despite a positive opening, they soon found themselves in arrears.

Scrum-half Samuel Marques kicked Brive in front after two minutes but a well-worked move ended in Leonardo Ghiraldini touching down for the visitors.

Although Marques regained the hosts’ advantage from the tee, Les Rouge et Noir were in control and Zack Holmes’ individual try was indicative of their extra quality.

Brive continued to battle and Marques rewarded their endeavour with two further penalties, but Maxime Medard sealed a deserved victory for Toulouse.

The hosts did have the final word via Mike Tadjer, whose score gave them the consolation of a losing bonus-point – their first of the season – but it was not enough to arrest the slide.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Try: Tadjer
Con: Lapeyre
Pens: Marques 4

For Toulouse:
Tries: Ghiraldini, Holmes, Medard
Cons: Ramos 2
Pens: Ramos
Yellow Card: Roumieu

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