La Rochelle moved top of the Top 14 table after they overcame Castres while Gaëtan Germain kicked 18 points as Brive edged Grenoble on Saturday.
Pau versus Lyon was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.
Brive 23-22 Grenoble
Pau v Lyon – postponed
La Rochelle 22-8 Castres
Stade Francais v Toulouse
Clermont v Toulon
Brive 23-22 Grenoble
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive
Once again for Brive it was the boot of Gaëtan Germain that did the damage to their opposition as the full-back kicked 18 points in victory
His 12 points in the first-half nudged Brive into a 12-7 lead at the turnaround, with wing Xavier Mignot hitting back with a try for Grenoble.
Hooker Arnaud Heguy then brought Grenoble back level with an unconverted try two minutes into the second-half but once again Germain got Brive ticking over, with his fifth penalty of the game on 49 minutes pushing the hosts back into a three-point buffer with plenty of time left.
Grenoble, desperate for a victory, would not go away and when scrum-half Charl McLeod crossed on 54 minutes, they went 19-15 ahead.
Replacement fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski added to his conversion with a penalty goal on 59 minutes but then Brive responded through Fabien Sanconnie’s try. However, a missed conversion meant Grenoble remained in front at 22-20. Brive had 17 minutes to try and get the win.
And it was Germain who would have the final say as his penalty five minutes from time proved the match-winning kick as Brive prevailed.
Pens: Germain 6
Tries: Mignot, Heguy, McLeod
Cons: Bosch, Wisniewski
Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Thomas Laranjeira, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Petrus Hauman, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Francois da Ros, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Arnaud Mela, 19 Fabien Sanconnie, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Matthieu Ugalde, 22 Sevenaia Galala, 23 Patrick-Albert Toetu
Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Xavier Mignot, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Aly Muldowney, 5 Mickaël Capelli, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Alexandre Dardet
Replacements: 16 Loïck Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Thomas Jolmes, 19 Dylan Hayes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Jonathan Wisniewski, 22 Armand Batlle, 23 Walter Desmaison
Referee: Cedric Marchat
Pau p-p Lyon
Stade du Hameau, Pau
Match postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Pau: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Julien Fumat, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Julien Jacquot, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Daniel Ramsay, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Charly Malie, 22 Taniela Moa, 23 Sylvain Charlet
Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Nicolas Durand, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Julien Puricelli, 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 Baptiste Couilloud, 21 Thibault Regard, 22 Mike Harris, 23 David Attoub
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
La Rochelle 22-8 Castres
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle
La Rochelle continued their impressive season as they beat Castres to go four points clear at the top of the Top 14 standings on Saturday.
Despite being 3-8 adrift with 34 minutes played due to hooker Jody Jenneker going over for Castres, La Rochelle kicked on from then on.
Zack Holmes kicked his second penalty before the break and his third two minutes into the second 40 to put the home side into the lead.
Then came a try from Victor Vito on the hour, which Holmes converted before adding another penalty that made it 19-8 with 14 minutes left.
Castres replacement Yohann Montes was sent-off late on, with Mohamed Boughanmi seeing yellow for La Rochelle, but it was Holmes who had the final say on the match as he sent over his fifth penalty of the night at Stade Marcel Deflandre to put the seal on another fine result.
For La Rochelle:
Pens: Holmes 5
Yellow Card: Boughanmi
Yellow Cards: Ortega, Kockott
Red Card: Montes
La Rochelle: 15 Zack Holmes, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Levani Botia, 11 Kini Murimurivalu, 10 Brock James, 9 Alexis Bales, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Jérémie Maurouard, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Mathieu Tanguy, 19 Afaesetiti Amosa, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 Steeve Barry, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi
Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Loic Jacquet, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Mihaita Lazar
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Victor Moreaux, 19 Alexandre Bias, 20 Antoine Dupont, 21 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22 Julien Dumora, 23 Yohann Montes
Referee: Thomas Charabas
A late brace from Yoann Huget handed Toulouse an 18-15 win over Stade Francais, taking them back into the top four in the process.
It was the hosts who were quick out of the blocks and indeed led for the most of the game, but a late onslaught from the visitors, thanks to Huget’s brace, clinched an important away win for Toulouse who now find themselves fourth in the Top 14.
Stade dominated the early exchanges and scored points when they got in the opposition half. Jules Plisson slotted three penalties in the first half, but Samuel Marques was finally able to get Toulouse on the scoresheet with a penalty on the stroke of half time.
The second half started much the same as the first when Plisson nailed a drop goal to further extend his side’s lead to 12-3. Marques and Plisson exchanged penalties maintained a nine-point lead going into the final quarter of the match.
Momentum shifted in Toulouse’s favour when Paul Gabrillagues was sent to the sin bin with a yellow card. It took the visitors a while to capatalise on their numerical advantage, but when Huget went over for his first try eight minutes later the game was on.
The winger scored his second two minutes later to seal a comeback win for his side and leave Stade languishing in the bottom half of the table.
For Stade Francais:
Pens: Plisson 4
Drop Goal: Plisson
Yellow Card: Gabrillagues
Tries: Huget 2
Pens: Marques 2
Stade Francais: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Raphaël Lakafia, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Emmanuel Felsina,
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Pascal Pape, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Djibril Camara, 23 Giorgi Melikidze
Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Semi Kunatani, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Samuel Marques, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Gregory Lamboley, 19 Gillian Galan, 20 Talalelei Gray, 21 Sébastien Bezy, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Census Johnston
Clermont reclaimed top spot in the Top 14 with a thumping 30-6 win over Toulon at the Stade Marcel-Michelin on Sunday.
Clermont outplayed Toulon in the first 40, despite Pierre Bernard’s drop goal in the first minute to give the visitors an unlikely 3-0 lead. Morgan Parra pulled it back for the hosts with a penalty shortly after before Camille Lopez went over for the first try of the game to give Clermont an 8-3 lead.
Toulon shot themselves in the foot just before half time when Liam Gill was sin binned with a yellow card, and Clermont were awarded a penalty try two minutes later which, together with Parra’s conversion, extended their lead to 15-3 going into the break.
O’Connor opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty with Toulon still a man down, but Parra canceled it out with a penalty of his own as Clermont took an 18-6 lead into the final 30 minutes of the game.
The hosts secured the result with 14 minutes left when Wesley Fofana intercepted a James O’Connor pass and just had enough pace to cross the line, although a desperate attempt by Bryan Habana to stop him from grounding the ball suggested the Springbok winger might have succeeded.
But the referee didn’t refer the try to the TMO so it stood. Parra added the extras and at 25-6 the game was well and truly over.
Clermont added further insult to injury when Remi Lamerat went over for his side’s fourth try. From a turnover Sebastien Tillous-Borde gave an up and under just outside his 22 which was collected by Camille Lopez who managed an offload to Isaia Toeava.
The full-back put Noa Nakaitaci away who gave a simple pass to Lamerat on the right wing who dived over for the bonus-point.
Tries: Lopez, Penalty Try, Fofana, Lamerat
Cons: Parra 2
Pens: Parra 2
Yellow Card: Kolelishvili
Drop Goal: Bernard
Yellow Card: Gill
Clermont: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Adrien Plante, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Viktor Kolelishvili, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Arthur Iturria, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Raphael Chaume
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Paul Jedrasiak, 19 Peceli Yato, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Benson Stanley, 22 Scott Spedding, 23 Aaron Jarvis
Toulon: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Axel Muler, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juandre Kruger, 6 Liam Gill, 5 Swan Rebbadj, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Jean Charles Orioli, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Jocelino Suta, 19 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Bryan Habana, 22 Jonathan Pelissie, 23 Levan Chilachava