Top 14 wrap: Bonus point for Racing

Date published: April 13 2013

Racing-Métro secured a crucial result in the race for the Top 14 play-offs on Saturday with a bonus-point win over Mont-de-Marsan.

Racing-Métro secured a crucial result in the race for the Top 14 play-offs on Saturday with a bonus-point win over Mont-de-Marsan.

Bayonne resisted a second half comeback by Grenoble in a seven-try thriller while Stade Français claimed a rare win on the road over an Agen side that were already relegated following Bordeaux-Bègles's draw in Castres on Friday.

Earlier on Saturday, some wayward place-kicking meant Toulouse had to settle for a losing bonus point in Montpellier.

Meanwhile, eastern-French side Oyonnax were promoted to the top flight for the first time in their 104-year history after taking the ProD2 title.

They secured their place in the Top 14 despite losing 30-29 to Brive.

Castres 23-23 Bordeaux-B̬gles РMatch report here
Montpellier 10-8 Toulouse – Match report here
Agen 20-28 Stade Français
Bayonne 31-24 Grenoble
Mont-de-Marsan 34-9 Racing Métro

Sunday, April 14
Perpignan v Biarritz
Toulon v Clermont

Aviron Bayonnais 31-24 FC Grenoble
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Despite a spirited start by the visitors, Bayonne led 18-0 at half time.

It looked like it could turn nasty for the visitors but Grenoble came storming back in the second half, scoring three tries to secure a losing bonus point that keeps them just ahead of Bayonne in the standings.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Tries: Gerber, O'Connor 2, Phillips
Cons: Potgeiter
Pens: Potgeiter 2, Ugalde
Yellow card: Haare

For Grenoble:
Tries: Pelissie, Butonidualevu, Dupont
Cons: Stewart 3
Pen: Hart
Yellow card: Bernard

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

For Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Aloisio Butonidualevu, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Florian Ninard, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 8 Shaun Sowerby, 7 Flavien Nouhaillaguet, 6 Roland Bernard, 5 Andrew Farley, 4 Benjamin Hand, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Vincent Campo castillo, 1 Gregory Fabro.
Replacements: 16 Erwan Iapteff, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Cyril Veyret, 19 Jonathan Best, 20 Joaquin Tuculet, 21 Rudolf Coetzee, 22 James Hart, 23 Feliuaki Taukeiaho.

SU Agen 20-28 Stade Français Paris
Stade Armandie, Agen

You could forgive Agen for not being overly motivated after hearing of their relegation less than 24 hours before kick-off.

The game turned into an exhibition of Felipe Contepomi's skill. The Pumas legend was everywhere, scoring two tries, making breaks and putting in big hits. He'll be missed when he retires in a fortnight, though probably not in Agen!

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Edmond Samuel, Lozada
Cons: Lagarde 2
Pens: Seymour 2

For Stade Français:
Tries: Contepomi 2, Tomiki
Cons: Porical 2
Pens: Porical 3
Yellow cards:Camara, Fainifo

Agen: 15 Mathieu Lamoulie, 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Vincent Roux, 12 Miguel Avramovic, 11 Romain Edmond Samuel, 10 Ben Seymour, 9 Mathieu Loree, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Marc Giraud, 6 Remi Vaquin, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Esteban Lozada, 3 Viliamu Afatia, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Bernard N'nomo.
Replacements: 16 Semisi Telefoni, 17 Laurent Cabarry, 18 William Demotte, 19 Ueleni Fono, 20 Jean Monribot, 21 Raphael Lagarde, 22 Belisario Agulla, 23 Gert Muller

Stade Français: 15 Jerome Porical, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Martin Rodriguez, 12 Felipe Contepomi, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Paul Warwick, 9 Nicolas Bezy, 8 Pierre Rabadan, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Scott Lavalla, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Jeremy Becasseau, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Romain Frou.
Replacements: 16 Aled De malmanche, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Nicolas Garrault, 19 Leiataua Tomiki, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Francis Fainifo, 22 Gavin Williams, 23 Stanley Wright.

Stade Montois 34-9 Racing-Métro
Stade Guy Boniface, Mont-de-Marsan

Mission accomplished for Racing thanks to a hat-trick from Fijian wing Virimi Vakatawa.

The bonus point takes moves Parisians level with fourth-placed Castres, whom they host on the last day of the regular season, meaning a home play-off is now very much on the cards.

The scorers:

For Mont-de-Marsan:
Pens: Vignau Tuquet 3
Yellow cards: Jagr, Arrayet

For Racing-Métro:
Tries: Matadigo, Vakatawa 3
Cons: Wisniewski 4
Pens: Wisniewski

Mont-de-Marsan: 15 Yohann Durquet, 14 Martin Jagr, 13 Jean baptiste Dubie, 12 Daniele Baleinadogo, 11 Julien Cabannes, 10 Antoine Vignau tuquet, 9 Bernard Arrayet, 8 Alexandre Ricaud, 7 Yann Brethous, 6 Julien Tastet, 5 Berend Botha , 4 Scott Murray, 3 Sebastien Ormaechea, 2 Cyriel Blanchard, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Replacements: 16 Victor Paquet, 17 Julian Fiorini, 18 Philipus Liebenberg, 19 Johannes Britz, 20 Simon Lucu, 21 Baptiste Chedal, 22 Thibault Duvallet, 23 Mathieu Giudicelli

Racing-Métro: 15 Juan martin Hernandez, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Sebastien Descons, 8 Masinivanua Matadigo, 7 Camille Gerondeau, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Juan pablo Orlandi, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Francois Van der merwe, 19 Alvaro Galindo, 20 Maxime Machenaud, 21 Juan Imhoff, 22 Fabrice Estebanez, 23 Salemane Sa.