TOP14 Wrap

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Lyon boosted their play-off prospects by overcoming Stade Francais while there were important wins for Oyonnax and Agen at the bottom.

Saturday
Toulon 32-17 Montpellier
Clermont Auvergne 33-3 Bordeaux-Bègles
Oyonnax 40-17 Brive
Pau 22-33 Agen
Lyon 44-3 Stade Francais

Clermont Auvergne 33-3 Bordeaux-Bègles
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin

Clermont Auvergne produced an excellent second half as they secured a 33-3 triumph over Bordeaux-Bègles in a match between two sides with nothing to play for.

With neither outfit in the running for the top-six, nor looking over their shoulders at relegation, it was a dull first half epitomised by ill-discipline and errors.

Les Jaunards did manage to control matters, but they could only accrue their points via the boot of Morgan Parra.

The scrum-half kicked four penalties before his opposite number, Baptiste Serin, responded with one of his own as Clermont held a 12-3 advantage at the interval.

Auvergne gradually began to create more opportunities, however, and opened their try-scoring account in 58th minute through John Ulugia.

As a result of that effort, the hosts increased the intensity and sealed the victory, as well as the bonus-point, when Loni Uhila and Jaco van Tonder crossed the whitewash.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Ulugia, Uhila, van Tonder
Cons: Parra 3
Pens: Parra 4

For Bordeaux:
Pen: Serin
Yellow Card: Cobilas

 

Oyonnax 40-17 Brive
Stade Charles-Mathon

Oyonnax moved off the bottom of the Top 14 table thanks to an outstanding 40-17 victory over fellow strugglers Brive at the Stade Charles-Mathon.

Nicolas Godignon’s men started the day in 13th position but they produced an abysmal display as they were overwhelmed by the hosts.

They were outplayed throughout, despite Fabien Sanconnie opening the scoring by crossing the whitewash in the ninth minute.

Adrien Buononato’s side were soon into their stride and, after the excellent Ben Botica had reduced the arrears with a penalty, the fly-half touched down for an 8-7 lead.

Oyonnax continued to dominate with Botica kicking successive penalties – the second coming after Julien Ledevedec had been sin-binned. With the lock off the field, Brive’s line was breached for the second time through Valentin Ursache’s first try.

Although Seremaia Burotu briefly reduced the arrears following Ledevedec’s return, quick-fire efforts by Ursache and Patrick Sobela effectively ended the game as a contest.

The hosts then went in search of the bonus-point but that was denied by Samuel Marques’ score, even though Quentin MacDonald crossed the whitewash to give them hope of the full five points going into the latter stages.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Botica, Ursache 2, Sobela, MacDonald
Cons: Botica 3
Pens: Botica 3

For Brive:
Tries: Sanconnie, Burotu, Marques
Con: Germain
Yellow Card: Ledevedec

 

Pau 22-33 Agen
Stade du Hameau

Agen look to have secured their Top 14 status for another year after Filipo Nakosi’s hat-trick stunned Pau at the Stade du Hameau.

Simon Mannix’s charges went into the contest with an excellent chance of being in the end of season play-offs, but those hopes have diminished after this shock result.

The visitors were exceptional throughout and in Nakosi they have a lethal finisher. He touched down twice in the opening 16 minutes as the strugglers went into a 17-3 lead – Tom Taylor and Thomas Vincent trading penalties for the other scores.

Philippe Sella’s men were in control but then came Pau’s revival when three tries in 11 minutes saw the hosts go into the interval 22-20 ahead. Quentin Lespiaucq, Jale Vatubua and Thibault Daubagna all crossed the whitewash in quick succession to produce an outstanding turnaround.

Agen could have faltered but they simply regrouped and, after Vincent had regained the away team’s advantage, that man Nakosi completed his hat-trick.

Vincent’s missed conversion meant that Mannix’s outfit still had an opportunity to snatch the win, but George Tilsley’s effort took them out of Pau’s reach and duly eight points clear of the bottom two.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Lespiaucq, Vatubua, Daubagna
Cons: Taylor 2
Pen: Taylor

For Agen:
Tries: Nakosi 3, Tilsley
Cons: Vincent 2
Pens: Vincent 3

 

Lyon 44-3 Stade Francais
Matmut Stadium de Gerland

Lyon moved into fourth position in the table following a dominant 44-3 victory over a Stade Francais side still threatened by the prospect of relegation.

The Parisians were outstanding against Clermont Auvergne the previous weekend, but this was a shadow of the team that put 50 points on last season’s domestic champions.

Ill-discipline was a particular issue and, after Mike Harris had opened his account from the tee, Alexandre Flanquart was sin-binned.

With the man advantage, the hosts scored twice via Baptiste Couilloud and a penalty try – an incident which earned Morne Steyn a yellow card.

To their credit, Stade battled with 13 men and got on the board through Arthur Coville’s three-pointer, but the hosts were comfortable at the interval after Stephane Clement touched down

Xavier Mignot increased Lyon’s buffer early in the second period before Harris opened up a 29-point gap from the tee.

The game was over as a contest but Pierre Mignoni’s team maintained their intensity and Toby Arnold and Jonathan Pelissie completed the rout.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Tries: Couilloud, penalty try, Clement, Mignot, Arnold, Pelissie
Cons: Harris 2, Michalak
Pens: Harris 2

For Stade:
Pen: Coville
Yellow Cards: Flanquart, Steyn

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