La Rochelle beat Bordeaux-Bègles, Toulouse edged Stade Francais, Brive scraped past Agen, Pau saw off Oyonnax and Montpellier thumped Castres in the Top 14 on Saturday.
La Rochelle 31-20 Bordeaux-Bègles
La Rochelle made it back-to-back wins in the Top 14 after they picked up a 31-20 victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Marcel Deflandre.
They led 19-7 at the break thanks to Charles Bouldoire, Dany Priso and Tawera Kerr-Barlow’s tries, with Pierre Gayraud scoring for UBB.
Afaesetiti Amosa’s crossing extended the hosts’ buffer to 16 points just before the hour mark but Jandre Marais hit back for UBB to make it 26-17 before Baptiste Serin added a penalty to further reduce the gap to just six points with 13 minutes remaining in the contest.
Alexi Bales though secured a maximum for La Rochelle in the final play of the match in a win that takes them up to third for the time being.
For La Rochelle:
Tries: Bouldoire, Priso, Kerr-Barlow, Amosa, Bales
Cons: Retiere 2, Bales
Yellow Card: Barrow
Tries: Gayraud, Marais
Cons: Serin 2
Pens: Serin 2
La Rochelle: 15 Charles Bouldoire, 14 Arthur Retiere, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Steeve Barry, 10 Jeremy Sinzelle, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Zeno Kieft, 6 Kevin Gourdon, 5 Dom Barrow, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Kamaliele Tufele, 18 Gregory Lamboley, 19 Gregory Alldritt, 20 Alexi Bales, 21 Ryan Lamb, 22 Vincent Rattez, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi
Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Ed Fidow, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Romain Lonca, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Tiaan Schoeman, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Cameron Woki, 6 Marco Tauleigne, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Loann Goujon, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Adrien Pelissie, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Florian Dufour, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Pierre Gayraud, 19 Kitione Kamikamica, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Simon Hickey, 22 Apisai Naqalevu, 23 Peni Ravai
Referee: Tual Trainini
Assistant referees: Cedric Marchat, Eric Soulan
TMO: Maxime Chalon
Stade Francais 33-37 Toulouse
Toulouse won a high-scoring contest against Stade Francais 37-33 at Stade Jean-Bouin in a result that takes them into second place.
They go above Racing 92, who play on Sunday, as two tries in each half and the boots of Zack Holmes and Jean-Marc Doussain saw them to the points. For Stade this was their fifteenth league defeat of the Top 14 campaign.
Wandile Mjekevu crossed after nine minutes before Cheslin Kolbe went over ten minutes later, with Jimmy Yobo hitting back for Stade with two tries of his own before the break.
Kolbe then claimed his own brace early in the second half before the two sides traded tries, with Antoine Burban, Maxime Medard and Clement Daguin all crossing as Toulouse held on for the four points.
For Stade Francais:
Tries: Yobo 2, Burban, Daguin
Cons: Plisson 2
Pens: Plisson 3
Tries: Mjekevu, Kolbe 2, Medard
Cons: Holmes 3, Doussain
Pens: Holmes, Doussain
Drop Goal: Holmes
Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Marvin O’Connor, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jimmy Yobo, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Arthur Coville, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Remy Bonfils, 1 Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Lucas Da Silva, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Mathieu De Giovanni, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Sekou Macalou, 23 Ramiro Herrera
Toulouse: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Wandile Mjekevu, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Sebastien Bezy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Rynhard Elstadt, 6 Francois Cros, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Rodrigue Neti, 18 Piula Faasalele, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Thomas Ramos, 23 Charlie Faumuina
Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Sebastien Minery, Patrick Pechambert
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure
Brive 15-12 Agen
Brive survived a late onslaught to hold on for a crucial 15-12 victory over Agen in a chaotic game that saw three yellow cards dished out.
Brive fly-half Gaetan Germain gave the hosts an early lead with a penalty. In the 27th minute, Agen were temporarily reduced to fourteen men when Opeti Fonua was yellow-carded.
Agen fly-half Jake McIntyre levelled matters on the scoreboard with a 37th minute penalty but a Germain penalty in the third minute of injury time ensured that Brive would have the last laugh of the first half.
Two further Germain penalties (51′, 59′) took Brive’s lead out to 12-3. McIntrye slotted one before Germain added another. By now, it was 15-6 to Brive with five minutes to go.
But they had Francois da Ros and Sevenaia Galala sin-binned which meant they had to play out the last five minutes with 13 men. Hugo Verdu slotted a 77th penalty to make it 12-15 and set up a tense finale but Brive held on for the victory.
Pens: Germain 5
Yellow Cards: Da Ros, Galala
Pens: McIntyre 3, Verdu
Yellow Card: Fonua
Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Sevenaia Galala, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Samuel Marques, 8 Petrus Hauman, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Peet Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Soso Bekoshvili, 2 Mike Tadjer, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Sisa Koyamaibole, 20 Florian Cazenave, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Felix Le Bourhis, 23 Damien Jourdain
Agen: 15 Clement Laporte, 14 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Pierre Fouyssac, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Vincent Farre, 6 Yoan Tanga, 5 Corentin Braendlin, 4 Denis Marchois, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Paula Ngauamo, 1 Quentin Bethune
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Giorgi Tetrashvili, 18 Leandro Cedaro, 19 Antoine Erbani, 20 Hugo Verdu, 21 Thomas Vincent, 22 Nicolas Metge, 23 Dave Ryan
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
Assistant referees: Thomas Charabas, Arnaud Blondel
TMO: Patrick Dellac
Pau 33-12 Oyonnax
Stade du Hameau
Pau eased past a rejuvinated Oyonnax 33-12 on Saturday in a result that keeps them very much in the hunt for the Top 14 play-off places.
This loss ends Oyonnax’s four-game winning streak as Pau proved too strong at Stade de Hameau. They’ve now been overtaken by Brive.
Malik Hamadache, Steffon Armitage, Quentin Lespiaucq and Watisoni Votu crossed for the hosts in the first 40, with Mitch Inman scoring for Oyonnax, who would have entered the game full of confidence following their recent Top 14 form.
The frequent scoring did not continue in the second-half though as, despite a 42nd minute try from Jale Vatubua for Pau, the only other try came two minutes from time, going the way of Benjamin Geledan for a consolation Oyonnax score.
Tries: Hamadache, Armitage, Lespiaucq, Votu, Vatubua
Cons: Taylor 4
Tries: Inman, Geledan
Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Julien Fumat, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Martin Puech, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Daniel Ramsay, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Lucas Rey, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Dave Foley, 19 Baptiste Pesenti, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Antoine Hastoy, 22 Florian Nicot, 23 Lourens Adriaanse
Oyonnax: 15 Quentin Etienne Lecoq, 14 Dug Codjo, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ulupano Seuteni, 11 Daniel Ikpefan, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Jeremy Gondrand, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Bilel Taieb, 6 Hikawera Elliot, 5 Valentin Ursache, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Irakli Mirtskhulava, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Tommy Raynaud
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Geledan, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Christian Njewel, 19 Thibault Tauleigne, 20 James Hall, 21 Maxime Veau, 22 Axel Muler, 23 Pietro Ceccarelli
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Assistant referees: Mathieu Noirot, Bruno Gabaldon
TMO: Mourad Zitouni
Montpellier 45-7 Castres
Montpellier moved six points clear at the Top 14 summit after they eased past Castres, running out to a 45-7 triumph at Altrad Stadium.
That lead could be pegged back should Racing 92 win on Sunday but this was a serious statement of intent from Vern Cotter’s charges.
The hosts led 21-0 at the break thanks to tries from Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg and Bismarck du Plessis, with Ruan Pienaar kicking eight points and Francois Steyn three via a drop-goal in a one-sided opening half to the game.
Du Plessis crossed for his brace eight minutes into the second-half before Castres got on the board courtesy of Armand Batlle’s converted try.
But Montpellier weren’t done as they ran in further tries, through Enzo Sanga and Joe Tomane, to put the seal on a handsome victory.
Tries: Janse van Rensburg, B du Plessis 2, Sanga, Tomane
Cons: Pienaar 4
Pens: Pienaar 3
Drop Goal: Steyn
Yellow Card: Vaipulu
Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 Joseph Tomane, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Kelian Galletier, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Gregory Fichten, 18 Jimi Maximin, 19 Martin Devergie, 20 Enzo Sanga, 21 Vincent Martin, 22 Henry Immelman, 23 Davit Kubriashvili
Castres: 15 Julien Dumora, 14 Armand Batlle, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 Geoffrey Palis, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Alex Tulou, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Victor Moreaux, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 19 Yannick Caballero, 20 Yohan Domenech, 21 Thomas Combezou, 22 Alexandre Bias, 23 Yohann Montes
Referee: Pascal Gauzere
Assistant referees: Julien Castaignede, Akim Hadj-Bachir
TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin