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Wins were claimed by Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Français and Toulouse while Lyon kept up their fine form by beating Racing 92 on Saturday.

Results

Saturday
Toulon 26-20 La Rochelle
Oyonnax 9-39 Bordeaux-Bègles
Pau 23-25 Stade Français
Toulouse 30-10 Agen
Racing 92 17-20 Lyon

Oyonnax 9-39 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Charles-Mathon, Oyonnax

Maxime Veau was the villain as 14-man Oyonnax failed to withstand a Bordeaux-Bègles second-half onslaught, going down 39-9 to Jacques Brunel’s men.

With the hosts just 13-9 in arrears the centre tipped Marco Tauleigne beyond the horizontal and was duly sent-off – an incident which altered the course of the game.

Despite Simon Hickey’s brace of three-pointers and a penalty try, Ben Botica’s accuracy off the tee kept Adrien Buononato’s side in contention at the interval.

Veau then received his marching orders and Bordeaux took control as a result, touching down four times to complete a bonus-point win.

Adrien Pelissie got their first of the second half before Cyril Cazeaux, Leroy Houston and Jean-Pascal Barraque rounded off an excellent evening’s work for UBB.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Pens: Botica 3
Red Card: Veau

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Penalty try, Pelissie, Cazeaux, Houston, Barraque
Cons: Hickey 3
Pens: Hickey 2

Pau 23-25 Stade Français
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Sekou Macalou’s late try helped Stade Français rip up the form book after they secured an outstanding 25-23 triumph over Pau.

Greg Cooper’s men have struggled so far this season and went into the weekend down in 13th position, but they responded magnificently.

They began brightly and, after Sean Dougall had been sin-binned, Jules Plisson’s penalty and Marvin O’Connor’s try took them 8-3 ahead – Tom Taylor responding for the hosts off the tee.

However, Simon Mannix’s side, who were on a three-match winning run going into this contest, gradually asserted their authority, scoring 13 unanswered points via Colin Slade’s touchdown and the accurate kicking of Taylor.

Waisea Nayacalevu and Jamie Mackintosh traded efforts at the start of the second period and, at that point, Pau were well in control, but the Parisians had a final sting in the tail.

Replacement Morne Steyn came on to reduce the arrears with a three-pointer before Macalou sped down the left-wing to snatch a remarkable victory for Stade.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Slade, Mackintosh
Cons: Taylor 2
Pens: Taylor 3
Yellow Card: Dougall

For Stade Français:
Tries: O’Connor, Nayacalevu, Macalou
Cons: Plisson, Steyn
Pens: Plisson, Steyn
Yellow Card: Alberts

 

Toulouse 30-10 Agen
Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse

Improving Toulouse secured the expected victory over promoted Agen but failed in their quest for the bonus-point as they emerged 30-10 triumphant at the Stade Ernest-Wallon.

Les Rouge et Noir dominated most of the encounter but struggled to truly get going. That was perfectly demonstrated by their first-half performance after they opened up a 6-0 lead after 30 minutes through Thomas Ramos.

Paul Abadie reduced the arrears off the tee for the visitors but centre Gael Fickou, who was arguably the game’s most potent attacking threat, finally broke the try-scoring deadlock on the stroke of half-time.

Ramos then increased the hosts’ buffer at the start of the second period before they were awarded a penalty try 12 minutes from time.

Although Kamaliele Tufele crossed the whitewash for Agen late on, Toulouse had the final word via Cheslin Kolbe, who touched down from close range.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Tries: Fickou, penalty try, Kolbe
Cons: Ramos, Ntamack
Pens: Ramos 3

For Agen:
Try: Tufele
Con: Lamoulie
Pen: Abadie

 

Racing 92 17-20 Lyon
Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes

Frederic Michalak rolled back the years by producing an excellent display as Lyon moved to the top of the table following an impressive 20-17 triumph over Racing 92.

While previous league leaders Montpellier have an opportunity to regain their position at the summit, this was a performance which showed their title credentials.

It took them a while to find their rhythm, however, as the hosts moved 10 points up via Teddy Iribaren’s penalty and Wenceslas Lauret’s well-worked try.

Lyon hit back via the boot of Michalak before Alexis Palisson intercepted a stray pass to touch down under the posts.

The visiting fly-half was becoming increasingly influential and, after he had taken Pierre Mignoni’s men into the lead from the tee, the former French international sent Toby Arnold over the line.

Having conceded 20 unanswered points, the hosts were shell-shocked but they recovered their composure to set-up a tense finale when Juan Imhoff touched down.

Racing then pressed for the winning score but Lyon deservedly held on for a valuable away victory.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries: Lauret, Imhoff
Cons: Iribaren 2
Pen: Iribaren

For Lyon:
Tries: Palisson, Arnold
Cons: Michalak 2
Pens: Michalak 2
Yellow Card: Fourie

 

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