There were wins for Castres, Bordeaux-Bègles, Brive, Clermont and Racing 92 in the Top 14 action that took place on Saturday.
Castres 34-17 Toulon
Bordeaux-Bègles 26-0 La Rochelle
Brive 38-25 Pau
Clermont 16-13 Lyon
Racing 92 29-24 Grenoble
Bayonne v Toulouse
Stade Français v Montpellier
Castres 34-19 Toulon
Stade Jean-Pierre Antoine, Castres
Castres were deserved winners against their more fancied opponents and Geoffrey Palis led the way courtesy of a 19-point haul via a try, four conversions and two penalties.
Toulon were fastest out of the blocks and led 6-0 inside the opening quarter thanks to two Pierre Bernard penalties but Castres struck back via a Robert Ebersohn try which Palis converted.
Palis also slotted two penalties before Bernard added a drop goal which meant Castres led 13-9 at half-time.
Ebersohn crossed for his second try, five minutes after the restart, before Bernard kicked his third penalty in the 49th minute. It didn’t take long for the home side to responded via Palis’ five-pointer and his conversion meant Castres now held a comfortable 27-12 lead.
To their credit, Toulon didn’t surrender and struck back via a Jean Charles Orioli try on the hour mark but Castres sealed their when Tudor Stroe crossed for their fourth try shortly before the end.
Tries: Ebersohn 2, Palis, Stroe
Cons: Palis 4
Pens: Palis 2
Pens: Bernard 3
Drop Goal: Bernard
Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Remy Grosso, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Victor Moreaux, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 19 Anthony Jelonch, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Maxime Javaux, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 23 Damien Tussac
Toulon: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Jimmy Yobo, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Liam Gill, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Jean Charles Orioli, 17 Laurent DelBoulbes, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Juandre Kruger, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Anthony Belleau, 22 Jonathan Pelissie, 23 Emerick Setiano
Referee: Romain Poite
Bordeaux-Bègles 26-0 La Rochelle
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux
Bordeaux-Bègles climbed to second position in the Top 14 standings as they outclassed La Rochelle at Stade Chaban Delmas.
Despite only leading 6-0 at half-time thanks to two Simon Hickey penalties, UBB moved into gear in an impressive second 40.
Tries from loosehead prop Sebastien Taofifenua and replacement prop Jean-Baptiste Poux to go with conversions from Hickey and Lionel Beauxis and two more Hickey penalties saw Bordeaux-Bègles canter to the four points, with La Rochelle scoreless.
Tries: Taofifenua, Poux
Cons: Hickey, Beauxis
Pens: Hickey 4
Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 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 Clement Maynadier, 1 Sebastien 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
La Rochelle: 15 Zack Holmes, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Steeve Barry, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Vincent Rattez, 10 Anthony Fuertes, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Romain Sazy, 6 Romana Graham, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 David Fe’ao, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Samuel Lagrange, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Arthur Retiere, 21 Levani Botia, 22 Paul Jordaan, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi
Referee: Pascal Gauzère
Brive 38-25 Pau
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive
Brive picked up their sixth victory of the Top 14 season on Saturday as they saw off Pau, winning at Stade Amédée Domenech.
The hosts led 13-8 at the interval thanks to Benjamin Lapeyre’s try and eight points from the boot of full-back Gaetan Germain.
Further tries from Seremaia Burotu, Nicolas Bezy and Takudzwa Ngwenya saw them keep Pau, whose try-scorers were Charly Malie, Chris King and Marvin Lestremau, out of reach as the visitors go home without even a losing bonus-point for their efforts.
Tries: Lapeyre, Burotu, Bezy, Ngwenya
Cons: Germain 3
Pens: Germain 4
Tries: Malie, King, Lestremau
Cons: Fajardo 2
Pens: Taylor 2
Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Sevenaia Galala, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Fabien Sanconnie, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Patrick-Albert Toetu, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Vivien Devisme, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 William Whetton, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Romain Cabannes, 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 23 Soso Bekoshvili
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 Fabrice Metz, 4 Daniel Ramsay, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Mehdi Boundjema, 17 Chris King, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Paddy Butler, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Marvin Lestremau, 23 Malik Hamadache
Referee: Laurent Cardona
Clermont 16-13 Lyon
Parc Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont stay top of the pile in France as they edged out Lyon thanks to a last-minute drop-goal from scrum-half Morgan Parra.
Jacques-Louis Potgieter put Lyon 0-3 in front early on before Parra landed two penalty goals for a 6-3 cushion at the turnaround.
Arthur Iturria went over for the game’s first try on 44 minutes, which was converted by Parra, as Clermont pushed 13-3 in front.
Potgieter then slotted a penalty and when Baptiste Couilloud scored a converted try, suddenly Lyon were level on 66 minutes.
But with time all but up, Parra was once again the hero for his club side as he sent over a late drop-goal that won the contest.
Drop-Goal: Parra 2
Pens: Potgieter 2
Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Adrien Plante, 10 Morgan Parra, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Camille Gerondeau, 5 Arthur Iturria, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 Yohan Beheregaray, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Julien Ruaud, 20 Enzo Sanga, 21 Hosea Gear, 22 Damian Penaud, 23 Aaron Jarvis
Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Hemani Paea, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Ti’I Paulo, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Taiasina Tuifua, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 Theo Belan, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Gomez Kodela
Referee: Adrien Descottes
Racing 92 29-24 Grenoble
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes
Racing 92 claimed their seventh win of the Top 14 season as they edged out a spirited Grenoble effort at Stade Yves du Manoir.
First-half tries from Yannick Nyanga and Dimitri Szarzewski to Fabien Alexandre’s effort for Grenoble made it 14-10 at the break.
Francois van der Merwe and Henry Chavancy added tries three and four for Clermont in the second period, with Laurent Bouchet and Chris Farrell crossing for Grenoble but they came up just short of their hosts, who are now seventh in the league standings.
For Racing 92:
Tries: Nyanga, Szarzewski, Van der Merwe, Chavancy
Cons: Hart 2, Dambielle
Tries: Alexandre, Bouchet, Farrell
Cons: Wisniewski 2, Bosch
Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavake, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Remi Tales, 9 James Hart, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Chris Masoe, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Casey Laulala, 23 Cedate Gomes Sa
Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Edward Sawailau, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Mickael Capelli, 19 Dylan Hayes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Nigel Hunt, 23 Walter Desmaison
Bayonne claimed a priceless 16-13 win over Toulouse at Stade Jean Dauger on Sunday which lifts them off the bottom of the standings.
This was just their third triumph of the season and was hard-earned as Toulouse missed the chance to get amongst the play-off positions.
It was a tied ball-game at 13 apiece by the turnaround as Bayonne managed to claw themselves back from 0-10 down with a spirited response.
Bayonne scrum-half Manu Saubusse missed an early penalty and Toulouse number eight Gillian Galan made him pay when he barged over from close-range. With Sébastien Bezy’s conversion flying over, the visitors were 0-7 in front in atrocious weather conditions in France.
Saubusse’s second miss – a relative sitter – on 12 minutes was compounded when Bezy made it 0-10 nine minutes later after a scrum penalty.
Bayonne came within centimetres of cutting that gap two minutes later when Saubusse went close with a carry but soon after they got their reward, with fly-half Willie du Plessis’ perfect cross-kick finding wing Julien Jane on the left. With the conversion, Bayonne were 7-10 down.
That became 10-10 on the half-hour mark when Toulouse came offside and Saubusse made it 13-10 on 34 minutes before Bezy levelled matters.
Bayonne continued their revival after the break with three points from Saubusse, which came after Toulouse centre Florian Fritz was yellow carded for a late tackle. 16-13 was how the score remained until Fritz returned from his 10 minutes in the sin-bin, looking to make amends.
Both sides had moments to add to their personal tallies thereafter but with a slippery ball, turning those chances into points was difficult.
To add to the drama Toulouse finished the stronger side, and with a kickable penalty five metres out snubbed and a scrum taken, they went for victory. That backfired as Bayonne celebrated a superb scrum and ultimately a win, which now leaves Grenoble at the foot of the standings.
Pens: Saubusse 3
Pens: Bezy 2
Yellow Card: Fritz
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 Tom Donnelly, 4 Pablo Huete, 3 Aretz Iguiniz, 2 Grégory Arganese, 1 Jérôme Schuster
Replacements: 16 Simon Labouyrie, 17 Davit Khinchagishvili, 18 Guillaume Ducat, 19 John Beattie, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 22 Raphael Lagarde, 23 Toma Taufa
Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Semi Kunatani, 13 Yann David, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Arthur Bonneval, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 François Cros, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Edwin Maka, 4 Gregory Lamboley, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Rodrigue Neti, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Florian Verhaeghe, 20 Selevasio Tolofua, 21 Samuel Marques, 22 Alexis Palisson, 23 Maks van Dyk
Referee: Tual Trainini
Assistant Referees: Sébastien Minery, Akim Hadj Bachir
TMO: Jean-Marie Piraveau
Stade Français claimed a 21-17 victory over Montpellier at Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday in a result that pulls them away from the basement.
Jules Plisson was the shining light for the hosts as he slotted seven penalties, meaning two-try Montpellier came up short in the contest.
Stade Français struck first in Paris as a Plisson penalty gave them a 3-0 buffer against an outfit 10 points in the league ahead of them before kick-off.
As expected it was a cagey affair and there was some needle too, with Montpellier lock Jacques Du Plessis sent to the sin-bin on 15 minutes by referee Salem Attalah for striking Stade Français flanker Sylvain Nicolas. The visitors survived that period though as it remained 3-0.
Montpellier drew level on 25 minutes when Demetri Catrakilis struck a penalty for offside at a maul. 3-3 was a fair reflection of the game.
The hosts were back in front soon after though as after Stade failed to roll away, Plisson sent over a penalty from bang in front for 6-3. And the playmaker was again on-target right on half-time for 9-3 when he punished Montpellier for grappling a line-out jumper in the air.
Plisson continued his great work five minutes after the break as he extended the lead to nine points when Montpol were offside in defence.
But then came a lifeline for Montpellier as a chip kick down the sideline from wing Timoci Nagusa was gathered by replacement Jesse Mogg who found Joe Tomane for a try, which Catrakilis converted. Three minutes later Plisson took his side’s lead out to 15-10 with a penalty.
Montpellier crossed again soon after as Nagusa’s break down the outside of Hugo Bonneval before cutting inside moved his men in front.
But it was to be Stade Français’ and Plisson’s day as the international fly-half struck two further penalties to secure a vital four points.
For Stade Français:
Pens: Plisson 7
Tries: Tomane, Nagusa
Cons: Catrakilis 2
Yellow Card: Jacques du Plessis
Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Jeremy Sinzelle, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Theo Millet, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Jonathan Ross, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Sylvain Nicolas, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Sakaria Taulafo, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Emmanuel Felsina
Replacements: 16 Remy Bonfils, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Mathieu De Giovanni, 19 Sekou Macalou, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Julien Arias, 22 Josaia Raisuqe, 23 Giorgi Melikidze
Montpellier: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Joseph Tomane, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Marvin O’Connor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic White, 8 Kelian Galletier, 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 Antoine Battut, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Yvan Reilhac, 22 Jesse Mogg, 23 Antoine Guillamon
Referee: Salem Attalah
Assistant Referees: Julien Castaignède, Sébastien Hebert
TMO: Eric Briquet Campin