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Racing 92 won the Paris derby while Montpellier, UBB and Grenoble all scored home victories, with Toulon holding La Rochelle on Saturday.



Racing 92 29-22 Stade Français
Montpellier 28-19 Castres
Bordeaux-Bègles 27-25 Brive
Grenoble 44-16 Bayonne
La Rochelle 17-17 Toulon


Lyon v Pau
Clermont 29-25 Toulouse

Racing 92 29-22 Stade Français
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

A 79th minute try by Camille Chat gave Racing 92 a dramatic 29-22 victory in the Paris debry at Colombes.

Stade Francais must have thought they had earned a well earned draw when Jules Plisson slotted a 77th minute penalty to level the scores at 22-22. But Chat ensured the defending champions stayed unbeaten at home this season with Maxime Machenaud adding the conversion for a seven-point victory.

The hosts took an early 7-3 lead when Juan Imhoff scored in the 11th minute. A try by Julien Arias gave the visitors a 16-7 lead but Machenaud, who contributed 19 points with the boot, pulled three points back just before half time.

Machenaud added three more penalties after half time to give Racing a narrow 19-16 lead as both teams were reduced to 14 men withing four minutes of each other. Meyer Bosman made things level again before Machenaud and Plisson exchanged penalties to leave the scores tied again before a second try saw Racing walk away as victors.

For Racing 92:
Tries: Imhoff, Chat
Cons: Machenaud 2
Pens: Machenaud 5
Yellow Card: Tameifuna

For Stade Français:
Con: Dupuy
Pens: Dupuy 3, Bosman, Plisson
Yellow Card: Dupuy

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Casey Laulala, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 James Hart, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Albert Vulivuli, 23 Ben Tameifuna

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Raphaël Lakafia, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Rémy Bonfils, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Pascal Papé, 19 Mathieu de Giovanni, 20 Clément Daguin, 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Waisea Nayacalevu, 23 Sakaria Taulafo

Referee: Laurent Cardona

Montpellier 28-19 Castres
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Ben Botica kicked 18 points to help Montpellier overcome Castres 28-19 at home on Saturday.

Castres scored first through Remy Grosso but the hosts hit back with a try from Akapusi Quera to give them a 19-13 half-time lead.

Botica added two penalties and Rory Kockott and Benjamin Urdapilleta one each to close the gap to 25-19 with nine minutes to play. But Botica kicked his sixth penalty four minutes later to secure a hard fought win for his side.

For Montpellier
Con: Botica
Pens: Catrakilis, Botica 6
Yellow Card: Bazadze

For Castres
Con: Kockott
Pens: Kockott 3, Urdapilleta

Montpellier: 15 Ben Botica, 14 Marvin O’Connor, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 François Steyn, 11 Benjamin Fall, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic White, 8 Akapusi Qera, 7 Kélian Galletier, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Arno van Wyk, 17 Gregory Fichten, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Pierre Spies, 20 Benoît Paillaugue, 21 Vincent Martin, 22 Henry Immelman, 23 Gagi Bazadze

Castres: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Rémy Grosso, 13 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Steve Mafi, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Victor Moreaux, 3 Damien Tussac, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Mihaita Lazar
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Anthony Jelonch, 19 Mathieu Babillot, 20 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Horacio Agulla, 23 Daniel Kotze

Referee: Sébastien Minery

Bordeaux-Bègles 27-25 Brive
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

Bordeaux-Bègles cemented their position amongst the early-season pace-setters as they saw off Brive, winning 27-25 at Stade Chaban Delmas.

A try in each half from wingers Adam Ashley-Cooper and Blair Connor saw the home side to the victory, their fifth of the campaign to date.

Brive did not manage to cross the whitewash until the final seconds as they relied on the boot of Thomas Laranjeira, who kicked 18 points.

This was only Brive’s third loss of the campaign as they missed the chance go above Bordeaux-Bègles in the Top 14 standings. However, the late crossing from powerful replacement back-row Sisa Koyamaibole means they head home with a losing bonus-point to show for their efforts.

For Bordeaux-Bègles
Ashley-Cooper, Connor
Con: Beauxis
Pens: Beauxis 5

For Brive
Try: Koyamaibole
Con: Laranjeira
Pens: Laranjeira 6

UBB: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Romain Lonca, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis-Benoît Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sébastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Marco Tauleigne, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Ian Madigan, 22 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 23 Vadim Cobilas

Brive: 15 Thomas Laranjeira, 14 Sevenaia Galala, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Fabien Sanconnie, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Francois da Ros, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Sisa Koyamaibole, 20 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 21 Gaëtan Germain, 22 Malakai Bakaniceva, 23 Patrick-Albert Toetu

Referee: Pierre Brousset

Grenoble 44-16 Bayonne
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Grenoble scored five tries to one for a convincing 44-16 home win over Bayonne on Saturday.

Bayonne took an early 9-3 lead but twice had a player sent to the sin-bin, once in each half. Steven Setephano and Nigel Hunt scored in the 10 minutes before half time and Gilles Bosch, who contributed 19 points with the boot, converted both tries to give the hosts a 20-9 half-time lead.

Sona Taumalolo extended Grenoble’s lead with their third try for a commanding 27-9 lead. Manu Saubusse scored Bayonne’s only try to give them of a fight back but the home side scored two tries in the final six minutes through Alexandre Dardet and Maritino Nemani to complete the rout.

For Grenoble:
Setephano, Hunt, Taumalolo, Dardet, Nemani
Cons: Bosch 5
Pens: Bosch 3
Yellow Card: Alexandre

For Bayonne:
Con: Lagarde
Pens: Lagarde 3
Yellow Cards: Taele, Arganese

Grenoble: 15 Armand Batlle, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 David Mélé, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Loïck Jammes, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Kevin Kornath, 20 Lilian Saseras, 21 Maritino Nemani, 22 Edward Sawailau, 23 Walter Desmaison

Bayonne: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Félix le Bourhis, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Julien Jane, 10 Raphaël Lagarde, 9 Manu Saubusse, 8 John Beattie, 7 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Pierre Gayraud, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Aretz Iguiniz
Replacements: 16 Grégory Arganese, 17 Ben Broster, 18 Pablo Huete, 19 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Tanerau Latimer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Lorenzo Cittadini

Referee: Maxime Chalon

La Rochelle 17-17 Toulon
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

A late Pierre Bernard penalty salvaged a draw for Toulon at La Rochelle in a close-fought clash at Stade Marcel Deflandre.

The first-half was a low-scoring affair as La Rochelle led 6-3 thanks to two Brock James penalties to Eric Escande’s effort.

But after the break a try from centre Matt Carraro followed a penalty apiece for each side as Toulon moved 9-11 to the good.

Bernard added a drop-goal on 64 minutes that made it 9-14 but then Steeve Barry crossed to level matters before James hit another penalty with just three minutes remaining. Unfortunately for La Rochelle, Bernard cancelled that out in a frantic finish.

For La Rochelle:
Try: Barry
Pens: James 4

For Toulon:
Pens: Escande, Bernard 2
Drop-Goal: Bernard

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Steeve Barry, 12 Benjamin Noble, 11 Gabriel Lacroix, 10 Brock James, 9 Arthur Retiere, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jone Qovu, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Jérémie Maurouard, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Damien Lagrange, 19 Afaesetiti Amosa, 20 Kevin Gourdon, 21 Anthony Fuertes, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Luc Mousset

Toulon: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Matt Carraro, 11 Jimmy Yobo, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Samu Manoa, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Jocelino Suta, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Ayumu Goromaru, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Anthony Meric, 23 Levan Chilachava

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