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Top 14 Round 7


Clermont provisionally moved to the top of the table after claiming a hard-fought 29-19 win over Castres at Stade Marcel Michelin on Saturday.

In the other matches, Bordeaux-Bègles won at Pau while Bayonne and Lyon played out a draw and Toulouse registered an easy home victory over Grenoble. The late game saw Brive beat Racing 92 as they bounced back.

Sunday’s two remaining games will see Stade Français face La Rochelle while Toulon and Montpellier meet in a mouth-watering fixture.



Clermont 29-19 Castres
Pau 28-30 Bordeaux-Bègles
Bayonne 22-22 Lyon
Toulouse 31-3 Grenoble
Brive 25-16 Racing 92


Stade Français v La Rochelle
Toulon v Montpellier

Clermont 29-19 Castres
Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont had to dig deep before securing a deserved come-from-behind home victory over Castres on Saturday.

The visitors were competitive throughout and held a slender 13-11 at half-time. Benjamin Urdapillet and Patricio Fernández traded early penalties before Clermont took the lead via a David Strettle penalty.

Urdapilleta then crossed for the visitors’ only try before Fernández added another penalty. Julien Caminati then slotted a place kick shortly before half-time but Clermont struck back five minutes into the second half when Judicael Cancoriet crossed for their second try.

The hosts continued to dominate and increased their lead when Noa Nakaitaci scored their third five-pointer in the 50th minute.

Urdapiletta added another penalty but two Morgan Parra penalties secured the home side’s win before a Rory Kockott three-pointer from the kicking tee in the 77th minute added some respectability to the score for the visitors.

For Clermont:
Strettle, Cancoriet, Nakaitaci
Con: Parra
Pens: Fernandez 2, Parra 2

For Castres:
Con: Urdapilleta
Pens: Urdapilleta 2, Caminati, Kockott
Yellow Card: Caminati

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Patricio Fernández, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 Yohan Beheregaray, 17 Raphaël Chaume, 18 Arthur Iturria, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Damian Penaud, 22 Isaia Toeava, 23 Davit Zirakashvili

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Julien Caminati, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 Pierre Berard, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Steve Mafi, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Victor Moreaux, 4 Loic Jacquet, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Anthony Jelonch, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 23 Eric Sione

Referee: Tual Trainini

Pau 28-30 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Bordeaux-Bègles claimed their fourth victory of the season as they came from behind to win 30-28 in a thrilling match at Stade de Hameau.

Trailing 20-28 with ten minutes left, a try from replacement Romain Lonca helped UBB prevail, as Lionel Beauxis kicked the winning points.

Bordeaux-Bègles were 17-12 in front at the turnaround thanks to a try from scrum-half Baptiste Serin and the boot of fly-half Ian Madigan.

But Tom Taylor kept Pau in the game as he finished with seven penalties in all and a conversion of Louis Dupichot’s 41st minute crossing.

UBB would eventually go on to win though as Lonca’s try with three minutes remaining proved decisive as Bordeaux secured an away victory.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Con: Taylor
Pens: Taylor 7

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Serin, Lonca
Con: Beauxis
Pens: Madigan 5, Beauxis

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Tom Taylor, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Bastien Pourailly, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Jeremy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Daniel Ramsay, 19 Abdellatif Boutaty, 20 Sean Dougall, 21 Thibault Daubagna, 22 Watisoni Votu, 23 Matthew Tierney

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Josaia Vakacegu, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Louis-Benoît Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Beñat Auzqui, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Hugh Chalmers, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Marc Clerc

Referee: Cédric Marchat

Bayonne 22-22 Lyon
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Bayonne and Lyon played out a dramatic 22-22 draw in their clash at Stade Jean-Dauger, as Raphael Lagarde’s late penalty levelled matters.

Despite it being so early in the Top 14 season, the game was crucial as the two teams were sitting in 12th and 13th spot after six rounds.

Lyon were 13-10 in front at the break thanks to a try from Mike Harris, which he converted, this after Delon Armitage and Harris had sent over penalties. In reply, the Bayonne try-scorer was Romain Martial with Willie du Plessis kicking a conversion and a single penalty goal.

The second-half was a tense affair and it came down to the boots of both teams’ kickers, with Fred Michalak looking to have won the game for Lyon before Lagarde stepped up with less than two minutes remaining on the clock to secure a share of the points for the home outfit.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Con: Du Plessis
Pens: Du Plessis, Rouet, Lagarde 2

For Lyon:
Con: Harris
Pens: D Armitage, Harris 2, Michalak 2

Bayonne: 15 Julien Tisseron, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Félix Le Bourhis, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Romain Martial, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 PJ van Lill, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Pierre Gayraud, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Grégory Arganese, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Aretz Iguiniz, 18 Adam Jaulhac, 19 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 20 Manu Saubusse, 21 Bastien Fuster, 22 Raphaël Lagarde, 23 Ben Broster

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Theo Belan, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Agustín Figuerola, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Taiasina Tuifua, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Ti’I Paulo, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Frédéric Michalak, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Thibault Regard, 23 BJ Botha

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Toulouse 31-3 Grenoble
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Toulouse continued with their fine recent form when they claimed a comfortable 31-3 victory over Grenoble at Stade Ernest Wallon.

The home side domianted from the outset and raced into a 17-3 lead at half-time thanks to well-taken tries from Gillian Galan and Maxime Médard, which were both converted by Sébastien Bezy who also kicked a penalty during this period.

Grenoble, who are currently rooted to the bottom of the table, battled throughout and their only points came via a Gilles Bosch penalty in the 18th minute.

The home side continued to attack and had their bonus point in the bag by the 51st minute after Tala Gray and Florian Fritz crossed the whitewash.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Galan, Médard, Gray, Fritz
Cons: Bezy 4
Pen: Bezy

For Grenoble:
Pen: Bosch

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Semi Kunatani, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Jean Marc Doussain, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Talalelei Gray, 6 François Cros, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Gregory Lamboley, 19 Carl Axtens, 20 Edwin Maka, 21 Alexis Palisson, 22 Yann David, 23 Census Johnston

Grenoble: 15 Armand Batlle, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Maritino Nemani, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 David Mélé, 8 Peter Kimlin, 7 Mahamadou Diaby, 6 Kevin Kornath, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Mickael Capelli, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Loïck Jammes, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Thomas Jolmes, 20 Henry Vanderglas, 21 Lilian Saseras, 22 Edward Sawailau, 23 Walter Desmaison

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Brive 25-16 Racing 92
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brive bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat at Montpellier as they overcame Racing 92 in a 25-16 win at Stade Amédée Domenech.

Once again the boot of full-back Gaëtan Germain proved decisive as he kicked five penalties and conversion to go with Sisa Koyamaibole’s try on 30 minutes. Nicolas Bezy had initially put Brive 3-0 up with a drop-goal.

Racing 92 responded though through a try from Juan Imhoff on 10 minutes but only nine points from the boots of James Hart and Maxime Machenaud added to their score as Germain was the hero for Brive yet again.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Cons: Germain
Pens: Germain 5
Drop-goal: Bezy

For Racing 92:
Cons: Hart
Pens: Hart 2, Machenaud

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Sevenaia Galala, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Fabien Sanconnie, 6 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 3 Patrick-Albert Toetu, 2 Francois Da Ros, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Julien Ledevedec, 19 William Whetton, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Malakai Bakaniceva, 23 Kevin Buys

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 James Hart, 8 Chris Masoe 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Thibault Dubarry, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Khatchik Vartanov
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Wenceslas Lauret, 20 Maxime Machenaud, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Etienne Dussartre, 23 Luc Ducalcon

Referee: Thomas Charabas

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