Bayonne upset Clermont and Bordeaux-Bègles pulled off a late win away to Grenoble on a busy day of action in the Top 14.
Castres 32-13 Brive
Grenoble 22-24 Bordeaux-Bègles
Montpellier 25-20 Lyon
Bayonne 22-13 Clermont
La Rochelle v Toulouse
Toulon v Stade Français
Pau 26-17 Racing 92
Stade du Hameau, Pau
Pau pulled off a surprise win over reigning champions Racing 92, mainly thanks to the boot of former All Blacks fly-half Tom Taylor.
The hosts took a 13-3 lead into the break thanks to Watisoni Votu’s try and two Taylor penalties, to one from Racing scrum-half James Hart.
Racing instantly closed that gap after the break thanks to a try from Dimitri Szarzewski, converted by Rémi Tàles, before Pau pulled away again thanks to a score from Bastien Pourailly.
Taylor’s boot added some security to that lead, even with Chris Masoe’s converted try closing the gap, as Pau clung on for an important victory in their bid to move up the table.
Tries: Votu, Pourailly
Cons: Taylor 2
Pens: Taylor 4
For Racing 92:
Tries: Szarzewski, Masoe
Cons: Táles, Dambielle
Yellow Card: Williams
Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Bastien Pourailly, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Mehdi Boundjema, 17 Chris King, 18 Daniel Ramsay, 19 Pierrick Gunther, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Taniela Moa, 23 Malik Hamadache
Racing 92: 15 Benjamin Dambielle, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Casey Laulala, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Rémi Tàles, 9 James Hart, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Thibault Dubarry, 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Étienne Dussartre, 22 Chris Masoe, 23 Cedate Gomes Sa
Referee: Sébastien Minery
Castres 32-13 Brive
Stade Pierre-Antoine, Castres
Benjamin Urdapilleta kicked 17 points for Castres as the moved up to mid-table thanks to a healthy 19-point win over Brive at the Stade Pierre-Antoine.
Urdapilleta kicked four penalties in the first 23 minutes, which combined with Alex Tulou’s converted try meant that Castres took a comfortable 19-3 lead.
Arnaud Mignardi’s converted try gave the visitors a lifeline before the break, cutting the scoreboard down to 19-10, but the second half was all Castres.
Jody Jenneker’s try and the boots of Urdapilleta and Geoffrey Palis allowed Castres to build up an unassailable advantage, in a good result for Christophe Urios and his side.
Tries: Tulou, Jenneker
Cons: Urdapilleta, Palis
Pens: Urdapilleta 5, Palis
Yellow Card: Jacquet
Pens: Germain 2
Yellow Cards: Lapeyre, Mignardi
Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Rémy Grosso, 13 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Victor Moreaux, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Loic Jacquet, 19 Yannick Caballero, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Thomas Combezou, 23 Damien Tussac
Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Fabien Sanconnie, 6 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 5 Jan Uys, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Patrick-Albert Toetu, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Vivien Devisme, 18 Arnaud Mela, 19 Said Hireche, 20 Teddy Iribaren, 21 Romain Cabannes, 22 Sevenaia Galala, 23 Kevin Buys
Referee: Tual Trainini
Grenoble 22-24 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Bordeaux claimed an important 24-22 win over Grenoble at Stade des Alpes on Saturday.
The home side drew first blood when Grenoble star player Gio Aplon scored a five-pointer in the fifth minute which unfortunately for Grenoble was not converted as it ultimately could have tie up the game.
UBB fly-half Simon Hickey then etched his side’s name on the scoresheet with a penalty followed by another three-pointer before his side gained the lead before half-time in the 37th minute through a try from Bordeaux-Bègles scrum-half Yann Lesgourgues.
Just after the beginning of the second half UBB stretched their lead with a try from replacement Nans Ducuing. The gap was ever widening until Grenoble got themselves back into the game through a Chris Farrell five-pointer making the score 18-15 after the conversion to the visitors.
With Grenoble gaining on UBB, Beauxis took his opportunities with a well-executed drop goal.
Grenoble weren’t out of the contest yet as Saseras scored five minutes later giving his side the lead with the conversion. But the visitors snatched victory in the dying moments when Beauxis slotted a penalty.
Tries: Aplon, Farrell, Saseras
Cons: Wisniewski 2
Tries: Ducuing, Lesgourgues, Hickey
Pens: Hickey 2, Beauxis
Drop Goal: Beauxis
Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Edward Sawailau, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 David Mélé, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Loïck Jammes, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Ben Hand, 19 Steven Setephano, 20 Lilian Saseras, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Fabrice Estebanez, 23 Dayna Edwards
Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clément Maynadier, 1 Sébastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Joe Edwards, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Marc Clerc
Referee: Salem Attalah
Montpellier 25-20 Lyon
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier
Montpellier consolidated their position amongst the frontrunners on the table when they grinded out a 25-20 victory over Lyon.
The visitors outscored Montpellier by three tries to one but it was the goalkicking of Demetri Catrakilis which secured victory for the home side as he finished with a 17-point haul courtesy of five penalties and a conversion.
Catrakilis opened the scoring via a penalty in the sixth minute before Lyon raced into a 10-3 lead thanks to tries by Carl Fearns and Felix Lambey. Catrakilis and Frans Steyn kept the scoreboard ticking for the hosts with two further penalties which meant Lyon held a one-point lead at half-time.
Montpellier’s fly-half added three further penalties but Lyon struck back with a converted Taiasina Tuifua try which gave them a 20-18 lead by the 71st minute but the home side sealed their win via a Joffrey Michel try five minutes before the end.
Pens: Catrakilis 5, Steyn
Yellow Cards: Nagusa, Watremez, Bazadze
Tries: Tuifua, Lambey, Fearns
Yellow Card: Fourie
Montpellier: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Joseph Tomane, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Marvin O’Connor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic White, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wian Liebenberg, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 4 Jacques Du Plessis, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 1 Gregory Fichten
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Julien Delannoy, 19 Kélian Galletier, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Yvan Reilhac, 22 Jesse Mogg, 23 Gagi Bazadze
Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Hemani Paea, 12 Thibault Regard, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Nicolas Durand, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Maselino Paulino, 4 Félix Lambey, 3 David Attoub, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Alexandre Menini
Replacements: 16 Ti’I Paulo, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Taiasina Tuifua, 20 Frédéric Michalak, 21 Virgile Bruni, 22 Théo Belan, 23 BJ Botha
Referee: Pierre Brousset
Bayonne 22-14 Clermont
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne
Bayonne picked up just their second win of the season with a stunning upset of Clermont, despite having prop Ben Broster red carded at the end of the first half.
Closing the gap to 13th-placed Grenoble to just a point after Saturday’s results, the boot of scrum-half Manu Saubusse played a major role in Bayonne’s key result.
Saubusse opened the scoring in the second minute before Clermont took the lead thanks to young centre Damien Penaud, with Camille Lopez converting to make it 7-3.
Jean Monribot’s try converted try swung the lead back Bayonne’s way and they never relinquished it, Saubusse’s penalties enough to negate the threat posed by Benson Stanley’s five-pointer. Clermont’s lead at the top as a result stays at five points over Montpellier, ahead of La Rochelle’s fixture on Sunday.
Pens: Saubusse 4
Red Card: Broster
Tries: Penaud, Stanley
Cons: Lopez 2
Yellow Cards: Timani, Yato
Bayonne: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Félix Le Bourhis, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Julien Jane, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Manu Saubusse, 8 PJ Van Lill, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Pablo Huete, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Grégory Arganese, 1 Aretz Iguiniz
Replacements: 16 Simon Labouyrie, 17 Jérôme Schuster, 18 Pierre Gayraud, 19 John Beattie, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 22 Bastien Fuster, 23 Toma Taufa
Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Adrien Planté, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Damian Penaud, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Charlie Cassang, 8 Peceli Yato, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Camille Gerondeau, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Yohan Beheregaray, 1 Vincent Debaty
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Lakisipone Lee, 19 Julien Ruaud, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Benson Stanley, 22 Hosea Gear, 23 Michael Simutoga
Toulon broke into the top four on the Top 14 table for the first time this season after their 31-12 bonus-point victory over Stade Francais on Sunday.
Toulon raced to a 21-0 lead after 25 minutes thanks to tries from Mathieu Bastareaud, Xavier Chiocci and Liam Gill, which were all converted by Pierre Bernard. Chiocci and Gill’s tries were scored against 14 men after Theo Millet was sent off with a yellow card in the 15th minute.
The visitors found their way back into the game towards the end of the first half after tries from Jules Plisson and Ratu Ratini. It reduced the deficit to nine points going into the break, but as it turns out it would be Stade’s only tries and final points of the game.
Tries: Bastareaud, Chiocci, Gill, Nonu
Cons: Bernard 4
For Stade Francais:
Tries: Plisson, Ratini
Yellow Card: Millet (15th minute)
Zack Holmes kicked 20 points as La Rochelle overcame Toulouse 25-19 at Stade Marcel-Deflandre in the Top 14 on Saturday.
A deserved victory at home saw La Rochelle move up to second on the table behind Clermont, thanks to a masterful kicking display from outside centre Holmes who kicked two penalties in the final seven minutes to clinch the victory.
The hosts were the better side in the first half but would have been left frustrated that they didn’t have more to show than a 9-3 lead at half time, thanks to three penalties from Holmes. Toulouse could only reply with a penalty from Samuel Marques.
The second half came to life when Gabriel Lacroix went over for the first five-pointer of the match, which Holmes promptly converted. The visitors stayed in the game thanks to another Marques penalty and a try from Semi Kunatani to trail by six.
Successive penalties from Marques four minutes apart levelled the scored with 10 minutes to play before Holmes slotted two penalties of his own to edge his team ahead and to victory.
For La Rochelle:
Pens: Holmes 6
Pens: Marques 4