Clermont, Montpellier, La Rochelle and Bordeaux-Bègles notched impressive home victories over Racing 92, Pau, Lyon and Bayonne on Saturday.
Earlier, Stade Français claimed a hard-fought win over Castres in Paris despite having Jules Plisson sent off midway through the second half.
Stade Français 29-25 Castres
Montpellier 41-13 Pau
La Rochelle 43-18 Lyon
Bordeaux-Bègles 40-20 Bayonne
Clermont 47-10 Racing 92
Grenoble picked up their first win of the Top 14 season on Sunday as they beat Brive 36-23 in a contest that saw three players red carded.
Sona Taumalolo and Nigel Hunt of Grenoble and Brive prop Damien Jourdain were given their marching orders for fighting at Stade des Alpes.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts came out on top as scores from Taumalolo, Charl McLeod and Armand Batlle saw them prevail.
In reply, Brive’s try scorers were Benjamin Lapeyre and Karlen Asieshvili as the visitors succumbed to their first defeat of the new campaign.
It looked as though nothing would separate the sides sitting at either end of the table at the halfway point, as a try, conversion and two penalties apiece meant it was 13-13, with loosehead prop Taumalolo scoring for the hosts on 21 minutes after Lapeyre had crossed on 16 minutes.
But then a score from scrum-half McLeod, which was converted by Jonathan Wisniewski, pushed Grenoble into a welcome 20-13 advantage at the break. However the half-time siren came seconds after a brawl which led to Taumalolo, Hunt and Jourdain being issued with red cards.
After cooling off in the dressing rooms the second-half began with Wisniewski and Germain trading penalties to make it 23-16 on 46 minutes.
Wisniewski extended that lead to 10 points on 56 minutes but when Asieshvili went over for a try, converted by Germain, it was then 26-23.
Grenoble, down to 13 men due to their two red cards, would have been pleased to witness Brive lock Julien Ledevedec shown a yellow card on the hour mark and it soon resulted in points for the home side as wing Batlle crossed. Wisniewski made it 33-23 off the tee on 65 minutes.
And despite replacement prop Ali Oz being shown his own yellow card on 73 minutes, Grenoble closed out a fiery game with a Gilles Bosch penalty to pick up a priceless first victory of the Top 14 season.
Tries: Taumalolo, McLeod, Batlle
Cons: Wisniewski 3
Pens: Wisniewski 4, Bosch
Yellow Card: Oz (73 mins)
Red Cards: Hunt, Taumalolo (both 40 mins)
Tries: Lapeyre, Asieshvili
Cons: Germain 2
Pens: Germain 3
Yellow Cards: Ledevedec (60 mins), Buys (79 mins)
Red Card: Jordain (40 mins)
Toulon responded after last week’s home loss to Brive by beating Toulouse 32-15 in their Top 14 clash at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday.
After losing two of their first three games in the competition this season, this was the perfect result for Toulon as they claimed five points.
First-half tries from Guilhem Guirado and new signing Axel Muler along with the boot of Leigh Halfpenny saw the visitors go in 18-9 ahead.
Florian Fritz and Sebastien Bezy’s penalties helped keep Toulouse in touch but more Halfpenny points and an intelligent drop-goal from Francois Trinh-Duc put Toulon 27-15 in front with six minutes remaining.
With the result sewn up, Toulon went in search of the try bonus-point and it came when Charles Ollivon crossed late on, sealing a fine win.
Pens: Fritz 2, Bezy 3
Tries: Guirado, Muler, Ollivon
Pens: Halfpenny 4
Stade Français 29-25 Castres
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris
Stade Français returned to the victory trail when they claimed a narrow 26-25 victory over Castres at Stade Jean Bouin.
The win was marred by the sending off of Jules Plisson, who received his marching orders in the 58th minute for foul play at a ruck. Prior to that, Plisson had contributed 10 points thanks to a try, conversion and a penalty.
Stade were leading 19-12 at the time but Castres made their numerical advantage count and soon took a 22-19 lead thanks to a Bejamin Urdapilleta penalty and a converted David Smith try.
The home side didn’t panic though and struck back via a Geoffrey Doumayrou try and accurate goalkicking from Julien Dupuy who finished with a 14-point haul thanks to four penalties and a conversion.
Tries: Plisson, Doumayrou
Cons: Plisson, Dupuy
Pens: Plisson, Dupuy 4
Yellow Card: Bonneval
Red Card: Plisson
Pens: Urdapilleta 6
Yellow Card: Lazar
Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Waisea Vuidravuwalu, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke van Der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Aled De Malmanche, 18 Alexandre Flanquart, 19 Patrick Sio, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Paul Williams, 22 Jeremy Sinzelle, 23 Sakaria Taulafo
Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Remy Grosso, 13 Afusipa Faha Ivalu Taumoepeau, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Sitiveni Mafi, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Marc Antoine Rallier, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Victor Moreaux, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Antoine Dupont, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Thomas Combezou, 23 Damien Tussac
Referee: Thomas Charabas
Montpellier 41-13 Pau
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier
Montpellier’s recent resurgence continued when they beat Pau 27-8 in their clash at the Altrad Stadium.
Jake White’s charges dominated from the outset and they outscored their visitors by five tries to two. Benoit Paillaugue led the way for Montpellier, as he finished with a 19-point haul thanks to a try, four conversions and two penalties.
The home side’s other points came via two penalty tries, further five-pointers from Vincent Martin and Marvin O’Connor and a late conversion from Ben Botica.
For Pau, Mosese Ratuvou and Mehdi Boundjema crossed the whitewash and Tom Taylor added a penalty.
Tries: Paillaugue, Penalty tries 2, Martin, O’Connor
Cons: Paillaugue 4, Botica
Pens: Paillaugue 2
Yellow Card: Tchale-Watchou
Tries: Ratuvou, Ratuvou
Yellow Cards: Hurou, Butler
Montpellier: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Marvin O Connor, 13 Vincent Martin, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Ratu Nemani Driu Nasiganiyavi, 10 François Steyn, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Kelian Galletier, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 4 Robins Tchale Watchou, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Bismark du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Gregory Fichten, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Antoine Battut, 20 Nic White, 21 Ben Botica, 22 Joffrey Michel, 23 Jannie du Plessis
Pau: 15 Charlie Malie, 14 Bastien Pourailly, 13 Tom Taylor, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Brandon Fajardo, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Pierrick Gunther, 5 Daniel Mark Ramsay, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Jeremy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Mehdi Boundjema, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Paddy Butler, 20 Thibault Daubagna, 21 Louis Dupichot, 22 Jale Kaikadavu Vatubua, 23 Christopher Charles King
Referee: Pierre Brousset
La Rochelle 43-18 Lyon
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle
La Rochelle’s impressive start to the season continued when they claimed a deserved 43-18 win over Lyon at Stade Marcel Deflandre.
The home side were full value for their victory and they sealed victory thanks to a superb second half effort in which they scored 24 unanswered points.
Kini Murimurivalu was in superb form for La Rochelle and was rewarded with a brace of tries for his efforts. Paul Jordaan and Gabriel Lacroix also crossed the whitewash for the hosts and Jules Lebail contributed 18 points thanks to four penalties and three conversions.
All Lyon’s points came via penalties from Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Jerome Porical.
The result means La Rochelle are still unbeaten after four matches while Lyon have now lost twice after the same number of games.
For La Rochelle:
Tries: Jordaan, Murimurivalu 2, Lacroix
Cons: Holmes, Lebail 3
Pens: Holmes, Lebail 4
Yellow Cards: Januarie, Jordaan
Pens: Porical 2, Potgieter 4
Yellow Cards: Buckle, Kodela
Lyon: 15 Jerome Porical, 14 Henry Clunies-Ross, 13 Hemani Paea, 12 Thibaut Regard, 11 Franck Romanet, 10 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 9 Baptiste Amédée Couilloud, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Thibaut Privat, 4 Simon Christian Njewel, 3 David Attoub, 2 Ti’i Paulo, 1 Stephane Clement
Replacements: 16 Cameron Mapusua, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Joshua Bekhuis, 19 Taiasina Tuifua, 20 Frederic Michalak, 21 Naipolioni Vonowale Nalaga, 22 Michael Harris, 23 Francisco Gomez Kodela
Referee: Maxime Chalon
Bordeaux-Bègles 40-20 Bayonne
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux
Bordeaux-Bègles returned to the victory trail, after last weekend’s loss against Montpellier, when they beat Bayonne 40-20 at Stade Chaban Delmas.
Wallaby wing Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrated his return to Top 14 action by crossing for Bordeaux-Bègles’ opening try in the first half and their other five-pointers were scored in the second period by Blair Connor and Julien Rey who finished with a brace.
Ian Madigan also impressed off the kicking tee, finishing with a 16-point haul thanks to four penalties and two conversions. For Bayonne, Romain Martial scored a try in the first half and Gregory Arganese crossed the whitewash after the interval.
Tries: Ashley-Cooper, Connor, Rey
Cons: Madigan 2
Pens: Madigan 4
Tries: Martial, Arganese
Cons: Du Plessis, Lagarde
Pens: Du Plessis 2
Yellow Card: Latimer
Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 14 Adam Ashley Cooper, 13 Romain Lonca,s 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Wayne Avei, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Marco Tauleigne, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 23 Marc Clerc
Bayonne: 15 Martin Bustos Moyano, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Julien Jane, 10 Willem Du Plessis, 9 Emmanuel Saubusse, 8 Pieter Jan van Lill, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Pelu Ian Taele, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Lorenzo Cittadini
Replacements: 16 Gregory Arganese, 17 Adrien Bordenave, 18 Adam Jaulhac, 19 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Thibault Lacroix, 22 Raphael Lagarde, 23 Benedict Broster
Referee: Adrien Descottes
Clermont v Racing 92
Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand
This was a dominating performance from Clermont who totally outplayed the defending champions to make a big statement of intent for the rest of the season.
The result followd Clermont’s impressive away win last weekend against Montpellier. They were outstanding in the first half especially, racing to 27-0 lead after a penalty try and one each from Seru Nakaitaci and Morgan Parra.
Racing’s only points in the first half came through a penalty from Maxime Machenaud. Nakaitaci completed his hat-trick in the second half while Camille Lopez and Davit Zirakashvili also scored five-pointers.
Sean Robinson scored a consolation try for the visitors late in the game but it will be of little comfort to a team who have title aspirations this season.
Tries: Nakaitaci 3, Lopez, Zirakashvili
Cons: Parra 4
Pens: Para 2
Drop Goal: Lopez
For Racing 92:
Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Seru Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Raphael Chaume
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Etienne Falgoux, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Camille Gerondeau, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Patricio Fernandez, 22 Aurelien Rougerie, 23 Clement Ric
Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Sean Jack Robinson, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Casey Laulala, 11 Albert James Vulivuli, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Matemini Masoe, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Yannick Nyanga Kabasele, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Benjamin Tameifuna, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Viliamu Afatia
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Khatchik Vartanov, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 James Hart, 21 Remi Tales, 22 Charles Reynaert, 23 Luc Ducalcon
Referee: Romain Poite