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Top 14 Round 3


Brive provisionally moved to the top of the table after claiming a shock 25-21 win over Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol on Saturday.

Earlier, Stade Français claimed a late draw with Clermont in Paris and there were home wins for Pau and Lyon over Bayonne and Castres respectively while La Rochelle sealed an away win over Castres.



Stade Français 30-30 Clermont
Pau 25-9 Bayonne
Lyon 32-13 Grenoble
Castres 18-26 La Rochelle
Toulon 21-25 Brive



Bordeaux-Bègles v Montpellier
Racing 92 v Toulouse

Stade Français 30-30 Clermont
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris

A late Waisea Nayacalevu converted try saw Stade Français claim a 30-30 draw with Clermont in an entertaining fixture at Stade Jean Bouin.

Tries from Paul Jedrasiak and Fritz Lee to go with Morgan Parra’s boot had looked like giving the visitors to Paris four points on the road.

But the hosts, who crossed four times through Geoffrey Doumayrou (2), Djibril Camara and Nayacalevu, had the last say to seal the draw.

This is Clermont’s second draw in three rounds as they sit on eight points, with Stade Français on seven with a win, defeat and this tie.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Tries: Doumayrou 2, Camara, Nayacalevu
Cons: Plisson 2
Pens: Plisson 2

For Clermont:
Tries: Jedrasiak, Lee
Con: Parra
Pens: Parra 4, Spedding 2

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempere, 17 Aled De Malmanche, 18 Paul Gabrillagues, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Jeremy Sinzelle, 23 Giorgi Melikidze

Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Adrien Plante, 10 Patricio Fernandez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Peceli Yato, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Clement Ric, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Camille Lopez, 22 Noa Nakaitaci, 23 Davit Zirakashvili

Referee: Mathieu Raynal
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Noirot, Laurent Breil
TMO: Pierre Brousset

Castres 18-26 La Rochelle
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

La Rochelle moved above Castres in the standings after claiming a deserved 26-18 victory over their hosts at Stade Pierre Antoine.

Zack Holmes led the way for the visitors with a 16-point haul, via four penalties and two conversions, and La Rochelle’s other points came via tries from Paul Jordaan and Steve Barry.

Castres took an early lead via a Benjamin Urdapilleta penalty but La Rochelle struck back via a Holmes penalty before Jordaan dotted down but Brice Mach replied with a five-pointer of his own for the hosts shortly afterwards.

The second half started brightly for Castres when Steve Mafi scored a try in the 45th minute but Barry crossed for La Rochelle’s second try 10 minutes later which put more daylight between his team and their hosts.

Accurate goalkicking from Holmes sealed victory for the visitors.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Mach, Mafi
Con: Urdapilleta
Pens: Urdapilleta 2

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Jordaan, Barry
Cons: Holmes 2
Pens: Holmes 4
Yellow Card: Lagrange

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Steve Mafi, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Loic Jacquet, 3 Damien Tussac, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Mathieu Babillot, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Eric Sione

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Zack Holmes, 11 Steeve Barry, 10 Anthony Fuertes, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Romana Graham, 3 Mohamed Boughanmi, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Jordan Seneca, 18 Mathieu Tanguy, 19 Jason Eaton, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Arthur Retiere, 22 Pierre Aguillon, 23 Uini Atonio

Referee: Pascal Gauzère
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Gasnier, Thomas Déjean
TMO: Arnaud Blondel, Romain Poite

Lyon 32-13 Grenoble
Matmut Stadium, Lyon

Lyon flyhalf Mike Harris starred in his side’s 32-13 victory over Grenoble 32-13 at the Matmut Stadium on Saturday.

The win sees Lyon move up to fifth place on the overall table as they tie on points with Stade Français on seven points while Grenoble languish at the bottom of the table.

Lyon outscored their visitors by three tries to one as they registered their first win of the season. It was mostly one way traffic throughout the game except for a solitary Grenoble try from the evergreen Gio Aplon.

Harris contributed 12 points on the day when he slotted two conversions, a penalty and even bagged himself a five-pointer.

Grenoble replacement Rossouw De Klerk received a yellow card in the 44th minute which proved a big loss for the away side as during his absence Lyon number eight Carl Fearns scored for his side.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Bruni, Harris, Fearns 2
Cons: Harris 2, Potgieter
Pens: Harris, Potgieter

For Grenoble:
Con: Wisniewski
Pens: Wisniewski

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Hemani Paea, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Agustin Figuerola, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Taiasina Tuifua, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickael Ivaldi, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Cameron Mapusua, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Frederic Michalak, 21 Theo Belan, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Stephane Clement

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sisa Waqa, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 David Mele, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Walter Desmaison, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Edward Sawailau, 23 Rossouw De Klerk

Referee: Cédric Marchat
Assistant Referees: Laurent Millotte, Patrick Beuriot
TMO: Jean-Marie Piraveau

Pau 25-9 Bayonne
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Pau registered their first win of the season when they beat Bayonne in an exciting clash 25-9 at Stade du Hameau.

Bayonne were under the cosh from early in the second half when Jérôme Schuster was red carded in the 15th minute for foul play at a ruck.

Pau made their numerical advantage count and James Coughlan crossed for their first try shortly afterwards after Bayonne had taken a 6-0 lead earlier via a drop goal from Lucas Meret and a penalty from Martin Bustos Moyano.

Moyano added his second penalty in the 23rd minute before Colin Slade added a penalty shortly before half-time to give his side a 10-3 lead at the break.

Pau upped the ante in the second half and clinched victory thanks to tries from Watisoni Votu and Tom Taylor.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Coughlon, Votu, Taylor
Cons: Slade 2
Pens: Slade 2
Yellow Card: Smith

For Bayonne:
Moyano 2
Drop goal: Meret
Red Card: Schuster

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

Bayonne: 15 Martin Bustos Moyano, 14 Bastien Fuster, 13 Florian Lapeyrade, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Julien Tisseron, 10 Lucas Meret, 9 Manu Saubusse, 8 PJ Van Lill, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Pierre Gayraud, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Jérôme Schuster
Replacements: 16 Simon Labouyrie, 17 Davit Khinchagishvili, 18 Pablo Huete, 19 Jean-Blaise Lespinasse, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Raphael Lagarde, 22 Thibault Lacroix, 23 Lorenzo Cittadini

Referee: Laurent Cardona
Assistant Referees: Christine Hanizet, Bruno Gabaldon
TMO: Sébastien Minery

Toulon 21-25 Brive
Stade Félix Mayol, Toulon

In an exciting clash, in which the lead changed hands several times, a first half penalty try to Brive proved the difference between these sides in the end.

Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny scored all his team’s points thanks to seven penalties and Brive’s number 15 Gaetan Germain contributed 20 points via six penalties and a conversion.

Halfpenny and Germain traded penalties early on and the match was evenly poised at 9-6 in the home side’s favour by the half-hour mark.

Brive took the lead in the 31st minute thanks to their penalty try after Guilhem Guirado was penalised for deliberately collapsing a maul close to his try-line.

Guirado was also sent to the sin bin for his indiscretion which meant Toulon were reduced to 13 men after Xavier Chiocci was also yellow carded two minutes earlier.

The kicking duel continued after the break and although Kevin Buys and Dominiko Waqaniburotu had stints in the sin bin, Brive held on for a memorable win.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Halfpenny 7
Yellow Cards: Guirado, Chiocci

For Brive:
Try: Penalty try
Con: Germain
Pens: Germain 6
Yellow Cards: Buys, Waqaniburotu

Toulon: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Charles Ollivon, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Laurent DelBoulbes, 18 Mamuka Gorgodze, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Maxime Mermoz, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 23 Levan Chilachava

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

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Assistant Referees: Thomas Charabas, Sébastien Hebert
TMO: Eric Gauzins

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