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La Rochelle, Stade Français, Racing 92, Brive and Toulouse picked up victories over Agen, Bordeaux-Begles, Oyonnax, Montpellier and Toulon in Saturday’s Top 14 action.

La Rochelle 47-6 Agen
Stade Francais 22-12 Bordeaux-Bègles
Brive 29-10 Montpellier
Oyonnax 12-16 Racing 92
Toulouse 18-13 Toulon

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La Rochelle 47-6 Agen

La Rochelle secured a comprehensive 47-6 over Agen in Top 14 action on Saturday.

Tries from Pierre Boudehent, Afaesetiti Amosa, Pierre Aguillon, Gregory Lamboley, Alexi Balès, Pierre Bourgarit and Jeremy Sinzelle proved too much for Agen who scored through two Hugo Verdu penalties.

Sinzelle dotted down after nine minutes to score the game’s opening try which came as just reward for La Rochelle’s dominance of the territory and possession stakes.

However, Verdu hit back with two quickfire penalties but from then on out it would be one way traffic with the hosts adding 29 unanswered points.

Bourgarit made it a 12-6 lead with a 24th minute try converted by Ryan Lamb and 10 minutes later Bales got in on the act to stretch the lead to 19-6. Lamb’s conversion meant the hosts took a 21-6 lead into the interval.

La Rochelle started the second half like a house on fire with Lamboley darting over just two minutes after the resumption of play.

Aguillon scored two minutes before Agen substitute Mickael de Marco was yellow carded. Amosa rubbed salt into the wounds two minutes later to cap off a frantic four minutes.

Boudehent’s try in the 73rd minute converted by Lamb ensured last year’s regular-season winners ran out comprehensive 47-6 victors.

The scorers: 

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Bouedehent, Amosa, Aguillon, Lamboley, Bales, Bourgarit, Sinzelle
Cons: Lamb 6

For Agen:
Pens: Verdu 2


Stade Français 22-12 Bordeaux-Begles

Stade Français recorded a comfortable 22-12 victory over Bordeaux-Begles in Top 14 action on Saturday.

Tries from Waisea Nayacalevu, Djibril Camara and Jonathan Danty proved too much for Bordeaux-Begles who scored through four Matthieu Jalibert penalties.

Jules Plisson began the scoring with an 11th-minute penalty but Jalibert restored parity two minutes later from the tee.

Danty’s superb individual try separated the sides at 10-3 after 35 minutes.

But the away side were unable to cross the whitewash while the home side had no such problem scoring twice more through Camara after 61 minutes and Nayacalevu after 77 minutes.

The scorers: 

For Stade Français:
Tries: Mayacalevu, Camara, Danty
Cons: Plisson 2
Pen: Plisson

For Bordeaux-Begles:
Pens: Jalibert 4


Brive 29-10 Montpellier

Hoping to avoid another defeat that could have left them hovering dangerously above bottom placed Oyonnax, Brive had the better of the first half, despite falling behind. It only took a handful of minutes before Francois Steyn kicked the visitors into a three-point lead from a penalty, but that was the highlight of a disappointing half for Montpellier.

Steyn missed a second kick at the posts before Brive took the lead with the first and only try of the opening 40. The TMO gave the thumbs up following a Francois Da Ros effort, with the extras following from Thomas Laranjeira for a 7-3 lead. The scoreboard wasn’t troubled for the remainder of the half, with Brive well placed to get over their recent poor form.

But the visitors bounced back immediately after the break and snatched back the lead. Benjamin Fall crossed the line after Steyn, Benoit Paillaugue and Jesse Mogg did their bit in the build up. The conversion followed, though Brive immediately levelled through a penalty.

But a quick fire double try from Nadir Megdoud put the hosts right back in control. He struck in the 56th and 59th minutes, blowing away Montpellier as the home side looked like a different side to most games this campaign. Laranjeira added both conversions and Brive consolidated victory with try number four.

Benjamin Lapeyre made it a welcome end to 2017 with 11 minutes remaining, as Montpellier’s year was rounded off with one of their most disappointing performances of the season.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Tries: Da Ros, Megdoud 2, Lapeyre
Cons: Laranjeira 3
Pen: Laranjeira

For Montpellier:
Try: Fall
Con: Paillaugue
Pen: Steyn


Oyonnax 12-16 Racing 92

Basement boys Oyonnax still have just one win all season, and an in-form Racing 92 side were always expected to add to their 2017 woes.

Teddy Iribaren started things well for Racing, with a hat-trick of penalties inside the first 23 minutes countering Ben Botica’s early effort for a 9-3 lead. That’s as good as it got for either side as Racing carried that lead into the break, and they were at their best after half-time to extend the lead with try number one.

Although Botica cut the lead down to just three a minute after the restart, Marc Andreu built it back up with 20 minutes remaining. He got in on an interception and sprinted his way to the line, with the extra two points from Iribaren making it a 16-6 lead, with Botica reducing it again with a couple of more penalties. With just four points in it with three minutes to play, Oyonnax sensed an upset. It didn’t come though, with Racing seeing out the slender win.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Pens: Botica 4

For Racing 92:
Try: Andreu
Con: Iribaren
Pens: Iribaren 3


Toulouse 18-13 Toulon

Although both sides sat within grasp of each other in the league, both headed into this tie with differing recent results. Two straight defeats for Toulouse was contrast to Toulon’s league form.

The final Top 14 game of the year started slowly, with Thomas Ramos providing the only points of the first 20 with a well struck penalty. That lead was stretched as the hosts started the better, with a drop goal attempt from Zack Holmes making it 6-0. There was little in the way of try threatening action, with a pair of Toulon penalties from Anthony Belleau sandwiching a kick from Ramos. Toulouse carried a slender 9-6 lead into the break.

The second half started slowly too, although Toulouse added a further two penalties to strengthen their advantage. Ramos grabbed both within 11 minutes of the restart, and another Holmes drop goal took the gap up to 12 points as Toulon continued to struggle.

But they bounced right back into it with the first try, coming on 69 minutes. Eric Escande found his way into the scoring, with the conversion from Francois Trinh-Duc setting up an exciting finish with Toulouse holding an 18-13 lead. There was to be no turnaround though, with Toulouse sealing the win.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Pens: Ramos 4
Drop Goals: Holmes 2

For Toulon:
Try: Escande
Con: Trinh-Duc
Pens: Belleau 2

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