Bayonne climbed out of the Top 14 relegation zone on Saturday after beating Stade FranÃ§ais while Toulon hammered Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles.
Bayonne climbed out of the Top 14 relegation zone on Saturday thanks to a hard-fought 26-20 win over Stade FranÃ§ais.
Toulon put on an impressive display to smash Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles, securing a bonus point to consolidate third place in the standings.
Clermont easily beat Racing MÃ©tro, also bagging a bonus point, meaning the top three clubs all got maximum point this weekend after Toulouse got the job done against Biarritz on Friday.
Bayonne 26-20 Stade FranÃ§ais
Toulon 44-7 Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles
Clermont 31-13 Racing MÃ©tro
Postponed: Agen v Castres ; Lyon v Brive
Aviron Bayonnais 26-20 Stade FranÃ§ais Paris
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne
This is a massive result for Bayonne, who jump from last spot to 11th thanks to their first win in seven starts.
Stade FranÃ§ais secured a losing bonus point in the dying minutes to retain sixth place, but yet another defeat on the road confirmed their fragility outside of Paris.
Bayonne led 13-3 at the break thanks to a try from Abdellatif Boutaty after a controversial call from the TMO.
The hosts dominated the second period and Lionel Mazars extended the lead soon after the restart.
Two tries from turnover ball from Paul Sackey got the Parisian back into the hunt, but Bayonne thoroughly deserved their win.
Tries: Mazars, Boutaty
Cons: Garcia 2
Pens: Potgieter, Garcia 3
For Stade FranÃ§ais:
Tries: Sackey 2
Cons: Rodriguez 2
Pens: Rodriguez 2
Yellow cards: Lyons (Stade Fr. – 28th min); Roncero (Stade Fr. – 31st min ); Bouyoud (Bayonne – 31st min)
Bayonne: 15 Cedric Heymans, 14 Sam Gerber, 13 Thibault Lacroix, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Cedric Garcia, 8 Marc Baget-Rabarou, 7 Dwayne Haare, 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Abdellatif Boutaty, 3 Renaud Boyoud, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Aretz Iguiniz.
Replacements:16 Francois Da Ros, 17 ClÃ©ment Baiocco, 18 Rob Linde, 19 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Benjamin Boyet, 22 Clement Lagain, 23 Victor Manukula.
Stade FranÃ§ais: 15-115 Paul Williams, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Morgan Turinui, 12 Martin Rodriguez , 11 Julien Arias, 10 Paul Warwick, 9 Byron Kelleher, 8 David Lyons, 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 Arthur Chollon, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Stanley Wright, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements:16 Laurent Sempere, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Scott LaValla, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Jerome Fillol 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Djibril Camara, 23 Francisco Nahuel Tetaz.
RC Toulon 44-7 Union Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles
Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon
Bakkies Botha made his first start for Toulon as the home side ran rampant, touching down five times.
Toulon dominated from start to finish and led 23-0 at half-time thanks to tries from skipper Joe van Niekerk and scrum-half SÃ©bastien Tillous-Borde.
Jonny Wilkinson kept the scoreboard ticking and finished the game with a perfect record of 8 from 8.
A double from Eifion Roberts and a late score from Luke Rooney rounded off a perfect day for RCT, who are now six points clear of Castres in third place.
Tries: van Niekerk, Tillous-Borde, Roberts 2, Rooney
Cons: Wilkinson 5
Pens: Wilkinson 3
Yellow card: Avei (UBB – 67th min)
Toulon:15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Alexis Palisson, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 David Smith, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Joe El Abd, 5 Bakkies Botha, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Laurent Emmanuelli.
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Eifion Roberts, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Pierrick Gunther, 20 Geoffroy Messina, 21 Luke Rooney, 22 Fabien Cibray, 23 Davit Kubriashvili
Bordeaux Begles:15 Laurent Ferreres, 14 Vunga Lilo, 13 Michel Denetre, 12 Felix Le Bourhis, 11 Thierry Brana, 10 Gerard Fraser, 9 Julien Seron, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 6 Charlie Ternisien, 5 Francois Tisseau, 4 Cameron Treloar, 3 Bees Roux, 2 Fabien Rofes, 1 Laurent DelBoulbes.
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Franck Labbe, 18 Hugh Chalmers, 19 Adam Jaulhac, 20 Manu Saubusse, 21 Camille Lopez, 22 Bruce Reihana, 23 Patrick-Albert Toetu.
ASM Clermont Auvergne 31-13 Racing-MÃ©tro 92
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont Ferrand
Just days of the players called for manager Pierre Berbizier's head, Racing-MÃ©tro's troubles continue as they were thoroughly beaten by Clermont.
The big question was over the Racing player's attitude and while they put on a solid and committed effort, they were clearly outplayed.
The hosts led 21- 3 at the break as their free-running backs scored three excellent tries through full-back Jean-Marcel Buttin, impressive centre Seru Nakaitaci and Brent Russell.
Les Jaunards managed the game well throughout and Racing's only reply came through a solo effort from Springbok centre Frans Steyn.
Back Clermont had the last laugh as Gerhard Vosloo went over to secure the bonus point.
Tries: Buttin, Nakaitaci, Russell, Vosloo
Cons: Skrela 3, James
For Racing Metro:
Pens: Hernandez 2
Clermont Auvergne: 15 Jean-Marcel Buttin, 14 Brent Russell, 13 Regan King, 12 Seru Nakaitaci, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 David Skrela, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Elvis Vermeulen, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Clement Ric, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Lionel Faure.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Alexandre Audebert, 20 Brock James, 21 Gavin Williams, 22 Anthony Floch, 23 Daniel Kotze.
Racing Metro: 15 Juan Imhoff, 14 Julien Saubade, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Sireli Bobo, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Sebastien Descons, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Remy Vaquin, 6 Johnny Leo'o, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Francois Carl Van der Merwe, 3 Mikaele Tuugahala, 2 Benjamin Noirot, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Karim Ghezal, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Mirco Bergamasco, 21 Guilliaume Bousses, 22 Gaetan Germain, 23 Juan Pablo Orlandi.