Top 14: Play-off places decided

Date published: April 20 2013

A losing bonus point for Montpellier in Bayonne was enough to eliminate Perpignan from the race for the Top 14 play-offs on Saturday.

A losing bonus point for Montpellier in Bayonne was enough to eliminate Perpignan from the race for the Top 14 play-offs on Saturday.

USAP were left empty handed in Agen, meaning the Catalans are now seven points behind Montpellier and out of the running for the knock-out stages with one round of the regular season remaining.

In the late game, Grenoble fought back from 18 points down to claim a shock 25-24 victory over Toulon.

That results sees Toulon relinquish the championship lead to Clermont – who beat Toulouse earlier in the day – although the leading duo have both already qualified for the semi-finals.

Castres romped past Mont-de-Marsan to improve their chances of a home play-off while Biarritz slumped to defeat in Bordeaux.

Clermont v Toulouse – Match report here
Agen 23-15 Perpignan
Bayonne 32-26 Montpellier
Bordeaux-Bègles 16-0 Biarritz
Castres 44-17 Mont-de-Marsan
Grenoble 25-24 Toulon – Match report here

Sunday, April 21
Stade Français v Racing Métro

SU Agen 23-15 USA Perpignan
Stade Armandie, Agen

Victory is too little, too late to save Agen from relegation but is certainly was enough to ruin Perpignan's domestic season.

Agen led from start to finish (10-5 at half time) for a deserved victory.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Avramovic, Tian
Cons: Lagarde 2
Pens: Lagarde 3

For Perpignan:
Tries: Batlle, Taofifenua
Con: Ecochard
Pen: Ecochard
Yellow cards: R. Taofifenua

Agen:15 Silvere Tian, 14 Belisario Agulla, 13 Miguel Avramovic, 12 Nafitalai henry Tuitavake, 11 Romain Edmond samuel, 10 Raphael Lagarde, 9 Sylvain Dupuy, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Ueleni Fono, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Lisiate Faaoso, 3 Viliamu Afatia, 2 Semisi Telefoni, 1 Laurent Cabarry,
Replacements: 16 Jalil Narjissi, 17 Bernard N nomo, 18 Esteban Lozada, 19 Remi Vaquin, 20 Mathieu Loree, 21 Vincent Roux, 22 Mathieu Lamoulie, 23 John Schwalger

Perpignan: 15 Sofiane Guitoune, 14 Joffrey Michel, 13 David Marty, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 David Mele, 9 Tom Ecochard, 8 Daniel Leo, 7 Alasdair Strokosch, 6 Bertrand Guiry, 5 Bobins Tchale watchou, 4 Guillaume Vilaceca, 3 Jerome Schuster, 2 Romain Terrain, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Maxime Delonca, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Romain Taofifenua, 19 Henri Tuilagi, 20 Gilles Bosch, 21 Sione Piukala, 22 Farid Sid, 23 Jeremy Castex.

Aviron Bayonnais 32-26 Montpellier Hérault Rugby
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

It went right down to the wire in the Basque country, where the scored were locked at 26-all going into the final ten minutes.

Two late Jacques-Louis Potgeiter penalties handed the hosts the win that sees them rocket up to ninth in the standings, a point above local rivals Biarritz.

A losing bonus point is just reward for a Montpellier side that fought back valiantly after trailing 23-12 with half an hour to play.

Bayonne led 17-12 at the break thanks to a controversial penalty try after Montpellier scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue was sent to the been for intentionally knocking the ball over the dead-ball line.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Tries: O'Connor, Penalty try
Cons: Ugalde 2
Pens: Ugalde 4, Potgeiter 2
Yellow card: Tialata

For Montpellier:
Try: Tulou
Pens: Paillaugue 7
Yellow cards: Paillaugue; Beattie

Bayonne : 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Sam Gerber, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Mark Chisholm, 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Dewald Senekal, 4 Abdellatif Boutaty, 3 Nemiah Tialata, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Aretz Iguiniz,
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Marc Legras, 18 Robin Linde, 19 Marc Baget, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Jacques Louis Potgeiter, 22 Bastien Fuster, 23 Renaud Boyoud.

Montpellier: 15 Benoit Sicart, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Hamish Gard, 11 Taleta Tupuola, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 John Beattie, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Mamuka Gorgodze, 4 Mickael De marco, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili.
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Thibaut Privat, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Paul Bosch, 22 Martin Bustos Moyano, 23 Giorge Jgenti.

Union Bordeaux-Bègles 16-0 Biarritz Olympique
Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

UBB continued their strong late season form against a below-strength, and under-motivated Biarritz side.

A place in the top ten is now within reach of Bordeaux while BO are focussed on retaining their Challenge Cup title.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Cons: Lopez
Pens: Lopez, Sanchez 2

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Bruce Reihana, 14 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 13 Felix Le bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Julien Seron, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Justin Purll, 6 Louis benoit Madaule, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Cameron Treloar, 3 Silviu Florea, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Laurent Delboulbes,
Replacements: 16 Fabien Rofes, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Francois Tisseau, 19 Hugh Chalmers, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Frederico nicolas Sanchez, 22 Rafael Carballo, 23 Albert Toetu

For Biarritz: 15 Marcelo Bosch, 14 Aled Brew, 13 Charles Gimenez, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Julien Peyrelongue, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Raphael Lakafia, 7 Tanguy Molcard, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Pelu ian Taele, 4 Mathias Marie, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Benoit August, 1 Wikus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Heguy, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Thibault Dubarry, 19 Benoit Guyot, 20 Dimitri Yachvili, 21 Jean pascal Barraque, 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 23 Benedict Broster.

Castres Olympique 44-17 Stade Montois
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres will now anxiously await the result of Sunday's Paris derby to know what they need from their clash against Racing on the final day to claim a home play-off.

CO are now just one point behind third-placed Toulouse.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Tries: Wihongi, Bonnefond, Andreu 2, Capo Ortega, Martial
Cons: Teulet 2, Lacrampe, Kockott
Pens: Teulet 2

For Mont-de-Marsan:
Try: Ricaud
Pens: Vignau-Tuquet 3
Drops: Vignau-Tuquet
Yellow cards: Fiorini

Castres: 15 Romain Teulet, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Remi Tales, 9