Top 14 Wrap: Home wins for Montpellier, Brive and Clermont

Date published: December 23 2016

Montpellier survived a Toulon fightback to win 33-29 at home on Friday.

Elsewhere, there were home wins for Brive, Clermont and Racing 92 and impressive victories on the road for Pau and La Rochelle in Round 14's action.

Results

Thursday
Grenoble 26-22 Toulouse

Friday
Brive 22-6 Lyon
Clermont 46-10 Stade Français
Bordeaux-Bègles 16-18 Pau
Bayonne 17-42 La Rochelle
Racing 92 23-10 Castres
Montpellier 33-29 Toulon


Brive 22-6 Lyon
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brive had too much ammunition for their visitors and it was the boot of Gaëtan Germain which paved the way to victory as he kicked 17 points via five penalties and a conversion.

Lyon opened the scoring via a Frédéric Michalak penalty in the fourth minute but the home side soon drew level when Germain succeeded with his first effort from the kicking tee shortly afterwards.

In the 12th minute, Brive prop Patrick-Albert Toetu barged over from close quarters and after checking with the TMO, referee Alexandre Ruiz awarded the try which was Toetu's first five-pointer of the season.

Germain added the extras and slotted three more penalties which meant Brive led 19-6 at the interval.

The second half was a much closer affair as Lyon were more competitive. The only points of the half came via Germain's boot when he slotted a penalty in the 67th minute.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Try: Toetu
Con: Germain
Pens: Germain 5

For Lyon:
Pens:
Michalak 2

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Sevenaia Galala, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Patrick-Albert Toetu, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Damien Lavergne, 18 Jan Uys, 19 Petrus Hauman, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Benjamin Lapeyre, 23 Damien Jourdain

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Théo Belan, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Frédéric Michalak, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Félix Lambey, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Ti'I Paulo, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Christian Njewel, 19 Deon Fourie, 20 Baptiste Couilloud, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Thibault Regard, 23 BJ Botha

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz


Clermont 46-10 Stade Français
Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont cemented their place at the top of the table with a 46-10 win over Stade Français at Stade Marcel-Michelin on Friday.

The home side drew first blood when Clermont were given a penalty and the fly-half Patricio Fernández made no mistake in getting the three points for his side.

Their lead was short lived as Stade Français scored through flanker Sekou Macalou to give the visitors a two point lead but couldn't take full advantage as they missed the conversion.

Clermont the replied promptly with a penalty regaining the lead through Fernández's boot. Minutes later, Clermont winger Adrien Planté had the ball in space and managed to get over the line to score for his side making the score 11-5 22 minutes in. 

As Stade Français seemed as though they were building momentum they suffered the major set back of their replacement Josaia Raisuqe copping a yellow card, sending the player off until just before the end of the first half. Fernandez then knocked over another three points.

Clermont winger Planté then got their second try of the game when the winger crossed over the line to extend his side's score which started to look quite imposing for the visitors.

The home side, on a roll, then scored another try when the fly-half Fernandez crossed over. The visitors replied rapidly though as veteran Wallaby scrum-half Will Genia also scored a try making the score 25-10 to Clermont.

Clermont furthered their try-count to four when French international Noa Nakaitaci crossed over the line before finally rounding off their routing of Stade Français when lock Sitaleki Timani scored.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries:
Planté 2, Fernandez, Nakaitaci, Chouly, Timani
Cons: Fernandez 3, Lopez 2
Pens: Fernandez 2

For Stade Français:
Tries:
Macalou, Genia
Yellow Card: Raisuqe

Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Isaia Toeava, 11 Adrien Planté, 10 Patricio Fernández, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Camille Gerondeau, 6 Peceli Yato, 5 Paul Jedrasiak, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Clément Ric, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Raphaël Chaume
Replacements: 16 Yohan Beheregaray, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Viktor Kolelishvili, 20 Charlie Cassang, 21 Camille Lopez, 22 Benson Stanley, 23 Davit Zirakashvili

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Pascal Papé, 19 Mathieu de Giovanni, 20 Clément Daguin, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Josaia Raisuqe, 23 Giorgi Melikidze

Referee: Sébastien Minery


Bordeaux-Bègles 16-18 Pau
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

Pau claimed a last-minute 18-16 win over Bordeaux Begles at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Friday.

It was a quiet start to the game, with both side's displaying excellent defence. Bordeaux were the first to break the silence though in the 18th minute when they were awarded a penalty and scrum-half Baptiste Serin calmy knocked the ball over for the three points.

Bordeaux Begles then extended their lead when New Zealand recruit Luke Braid crossed for the first try of the game and Serin added the two points.

Pau responded quickly though as five minutes after, scrum-half Thibault Daubagna scores his side's first points of the game making the score 10-7 after Tom Taylor kicked the conversion.

Pau then levelled the score when Taylor added to his tally and knocked over a penalty. The levelled scorelines weren't long lived when Lionel Beauxis kicked his first points of the game.

Pau stole the game right at the end though when inside centre Jale Vatubua dotted down for his side's second try and the winning five-pointer in the game.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux Begles:
Tries:
Braid
Cons: Serin
Pens: Serin, Hickey, Beauxis

For Pau:
Tries:
Daubagna, Vatubua
Cons: Taylor
Pens: Taylor 2

UBB: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jayden Spence, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sébastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Berend Botha, 19 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Bastien Pourailly, 13 Tom Taylor, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Masalosalo Tutaia, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Geoffrey Moise
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Fabrice Metz, 19 Paddy Butler, 20 Daniel Ramsay, 21 Julien Fumat, 22 Taniela Moa, 23 Malik Hamadache

Referee: Cedric Marchat


Bayonne 17-42 La Rochelle
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

La Rochelle overturned a 14-point half-time deficit to beat Bayonne 42-17 in a thrilling clash at Stade Jean Dauger.

The home side delivered a superb first half performance and raced into a 17-3 lead at the break but four second half tries from La Rochelle flyer Gabriel Lacroix helped his team to secure the win. 

This after Gabriele Lovobalavu and Baptiste Chouzenoux crossed for tries inside the opening quarter, which were both converted by Manu Saubusse who also slotted a penalty.

The visitors' only points during this period came via a solitary penalty from Zack Holmes shortly before half-time. It was all La Rochelle after the break, however, and Lacroix led the fightback with his tries during a 10-minute spurt midway through the half.

Holmes converted three of Lacroix's tries after kicking three penalties earlier in the half. He sealed the visitors' win when he converted a penalty try five minutes before the final whistle.

The result means Bayonne are now firmly rooted to the bottom of the table after Grenoble's victory over Toulouse on Thursday.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Tries:
Lovobalavu, Chouzenoux
Cons: Saubusse 2
Pen: Saubusse

For La Rochelle:
Tries:
Lacroix 4, Penalty try
Cons: Holmes 4
Pens: Holmes 3

Bayonne: 15 Benjamin Thiery, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Félix Le Bourhis, 12 Gabriele Lovobalavu, 11 Ryan Tongia, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Manu Saubusse, 8 John Beattie, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 PJ Van Lill, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Aretz Iguiniz
Replacements: 16 David Menage, 17 Jérôme Schuster, 18 Pelu Taele, 19 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Raphaël Lagarde, 22 Julien Jane, 23 Toma Taufa

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Levani Botia, 11 Vincent Rattez, 10 Brock James, 9 Alexis Bales, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Jérémie Maurouard, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Leandro Cedaro, 19 Damien Lagrange, 20 Arthur Retiere, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Pierre Aguillon, 23 Lekso Kaulashvili

Referee: Romain Poite


Racing 92 23-10 Castres
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes 

Racing 92 got their campaign back on track when they sealed a 23-10 victory over Castres at Stade Yves du Manoir.

The champions, who were under pressure after losing back-to-back matches to Glasgow Warriors in the Champions Cup, bounced back in style and outscored their visitors by three tries to one.

Dan Carter kicked two early penalties which gave Racing a 6-0 lead before Benjamin Urdapilleta replied with a three-pointer from the kicking tee which meant the hosts led 6-3 after 20 minutes.

Two tries from Xavier Chauveau and Wenceslas Lauret shortly before the half-hour mark extended Racing's lead and they were 18-3 in front at half-time. 

The second half was a tough slog as both sides tried to gain the ascendancy and we had to wait until the 71st minute for the game's next score – Yannick Nyanga crossing for what would prove to be the matchwinning try.

Thomas Combezou managed to score a consolation try shortly before the end for the visitors who drop below Racing in the standings after this result. 

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries:
Chauveau, Lauret, Nyanga
Con: Carter
Pens: Carter 2

For Castres:
Try:
Combezou
Con: Urdapilleta
Pen: Urdapilleta

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Xavier Chauveau, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Chris Masoe, 20 Maxime Machenaud, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Joe Rokocoko, 23 Luc Ducalcon

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Loïc Jacquet, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Mihaita Lazar
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 19 Yannick Caballero, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Yohann Montes

Referee: Maxime Chalon


Montpellier 33-29 Toulon
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Montpellier survived a Toulon fightback to win 33-29 at home on Friday.

The home side scored the first points of the match when former Springbok centre Francois Steyn kicked two consecutive penalties making the score 6-0 minutes in. After that it became a battle of the boot as Toulon fly-half Pierre Bernard scored two penalties of his own to level the score.

Montpellier scored their first try of the game when full-back Joffrey Michel crossed over making the score 16-6 after Steyn's conversion.

Toulon then crept back into the game after a series of penalties but Montpellier pulled away again when hooker Shalva Mamukashvili scored a try of his own just before the half time whistle making the half time score 24-12.

In the 54th minute Mamukashvili got his second try of the match, gaining a commanding lead over their opponents, with the score at 33-15 after the conversion.

Toulon finally scored their first try of the game when Australian Liam Gill crossed over the whitewash in the 73rd minute. And they pushed the home side close in the dying minutes of the game when Marcel van der Merwe scored in the 81st minute.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Tries:
Michel, Mamukashvili 2
Cons: Steyn 3
Pens: Steyn 4

For Toulon:
Tries:
Gill, Van der Merwe
Cons: Bernard, Belleau
Pens: Bernard 5

Montpellier: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Joseph Tomane, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 François Steyn, 9 Nic White, 8 Kélian Galletier, 7 Wian Liebenberg, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Antoine Battut, 4 Konstantin Mikautadze, 3 Antoine Guillamon, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 1 Gregory Fichten
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Julien Delannoy, 19 Pierre Spies, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Henry Immelman, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Jannie du Plessis

Toulon: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Axel Muler, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 James O'Connor, 11 Jimmy Yobo, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Liam Gill, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Jean Charles Orioli, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Badri Alkhazashvili, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Romain Taofifenua, 19 Samu Manoa, 20 Anthony Belleau, 21 Vincent Clerc, 22 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 23 Marcel van der Merwe

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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