Top 14 Wrap: Castres score 50

Date published: March 12 2016

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Castres scored a half century against Agen while Clermont and La Rochelle were also winners on Saturday in the Top 14.

Saturday
Stade Français 16-34 Racing 92
Castres 50-6 Agen
Clermont 25-6 Brive 
La Rochelle 35-16 Pau 
Toulon 38-8 Grenoble


Castres 50-6 Agen
Stade Pierre-Antoine, Castres

In-form Castres winger David Smith finished with a remarkable four tries for Castres as they routed Agen at the Stade Pierre-Antoine.

After their big win Castres move up into seventh while Agen remain adrift at the bottom.

Two penalties from Burton Francis opened the scoring for Agen, countered by an effort from Benjamin Urdapilleta of Castres. Surprisingly given the outcome Castres didn't score their first try until nearly the half-hour mark, as Smith went over.

Smith added a second score before the break to give a Castres a 17-6 half-time lead.

Rodrigo Capo Ortega followed him over after the interval and Castres finally settled the outcome with an emphatic final quarter.

Tries from Julien Caminati, a hat-trick score for Smith and another from Alex Tulou all came in the space of ten minutes, with Smith's score into overtime finishing off the rout.

The scorers:

For Castres: 
Tries: Smith 4, Ortega, Caminati, Tulou
Cons: Urdapilleta 4, Dumora 2
Pen: Urdapilleta
Yellow Card: Ortega

For Agen:
Pens: Francis 2
Yellow Card: Tetrashvili

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Julien Caminati, 13 Florian Vialelle, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 David Smith, 10 Ben Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Alexandre Bias, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Yohan Montes, 18 Benjamin Desroches, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Thomas Combezou,23 Mihai Lazar

Agen: 15 Mathieu Lamoulie, 14 George Tilsley, 13 Julien Heriteau, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Clement Darbo, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Sione Tau, 6 Marco Kotze, 5 William Demotte, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Dave Ryan, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Viliamu Afatia
Replacements: 16 Marc Barthomeuf, 17 Giorgi Tetrashvili, 18 Denis Marchois, 19 Antoine Miquel, 20 Alexis Bales, 21 François Bouvier, 22 Vincent Roux, 23 Arthur Joly

Referee: Thomas Charabas
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Clermont 25-6 Brive 
Parc Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont kept up their chase with Racing 92, staying a point behind the leaders after a three tries to none win over Brive.

Morgan Parra and Gaeten Germain traded penalties in the first quarter before Clermont full-back Isaia Toeava crossed for the game's first try in the 23rd minute.

Two quick scores from Alivereti Raka and Peceli Yato before the break gave Clermont a commanding 25-6 advantage.

The second half finished scoreless as both teams lost players to the sin-bin.

Brive's Giorgi Jgenti was the first to see yellow before Brive fly-half Matthieu Ugalde and Clermont's Camille Gerondeau were sin-binned at the same time late on.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Toeava, Raka, Yato
Cons: Parra 3
Pens: Parra 2
Yellow Card: Gerondeau

For Brive:
Pens: Germain 2
Yellow Cards: Jgenti, Ugalde

Clermont: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurelien Rougerie,12 Noa Nakaitaci, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Peceli Yato, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Camille Gerondeau, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Dan Kotze, 2 John Ulugia,1 Raphael Chaume
Replacements: 16 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Paul Jedrasiak, 19 Julien Bardy, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Patricio Fernandez, 22 Setariki Tuicuvu, 23 Clement Ric

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Alfi Mafi, 13 Thomas Laranjeira, 12 Sevenaia Galala,11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Said Hireche, 6 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 5 Peet Marais, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Goderdzi Shvelidze
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Arnaud Mela, 19 Fabien Sanconnie, 20 Poutasi Luafutu, 21 Nicolas Bezy, 22 Arnaud Mignardi, 23 Giorgi Jgenti

Referee: Adrien Descottes
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La Rochelle 35-16 Pau 
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

An eighth win of the season for La Rochelle saw them secure a bonus point win over Pau thanks to outscoring their visitors four tries to one on Saturday.

Jean Pascal Barraque scored twice to finish with 25 points along with his three conversions and three penalties.

Pau's Thibault Daubagna opened the scoring and traded penalties with Barraque in the first half hour, during which Pau lost Watisoni Votu to the bin.

Neither side added to the scoreline before the break as they went in at 6-6.

Barraque's first try in the 43rd minute opened up a gap, with his conversion and subsequent penalty making it 16-6 as La Rochelle pulled away.

Pierre Berard and Pau veteran Sireli Bobo traded tries but a Mali Hingano score followed by Barraque's late second effort sealed the result.

The scorers:

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Barraque 2, Berard, Hingano
Cons: Barraque 3
Pens: Barraque 3

For Pau:
Try: Bobo
Con: Daubagna
Pens: Daubagna 3
Yellow Card: Votu

La Rochelle: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Mali Hingano, 11 Kini Murimurivalu, 10 Jean Pascal Barraque, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Jason Eaton, 6 Romana Graham, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 3 Gagi Bazadze, 2 Maxime Gau, 1 Thomas Synaeghel
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Damien Lagrange, 19 Zeno Kieft, 20 Afaesetiti Amosa, 21 Jules Lebail, 22 Fabien Fortassin, 23 David Fe'ao

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Sireli Bobo, 13 Jale Vatubua, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Brice Monzeglio, 7 Jovili Domolailai, 6 Loic Bernad, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Cameron Pierce, 3 Giorgi Natsarashvili, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Julien Jacquot
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Geoffrey Moise, 18 Giovanni Kueffner, 19 Paddy Butler, 20 Clovis Lebail, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Julien Fumat, 23 Euan Murray

Referee: Sébastien Minery


Toulon 38-8 Grenoble
Stade Félix Mayol, Toulon

Toulon thrashed Grenoble in the Top 14's late game on Saturday to keep pace with Racing 92 and Clermont at the top of the table.

Their bonus-point win keeps last season's European champions two points behind leaders Racing.

Wallaby wing Drew Mitchell crossed twice in the second half as part of six tries for Toulon at the Stade Félix Mayol.

Quick tries by Ma'a Nonu and Duane Vermeulen set Toulon on their way to a 14-0 lead but the first half wasn't perfect, as Toulon lost Nonu to a yellow card.

James Hart scored Grenoble's first points with a penalty after the break but Toulon responded through Delon Armitage's try, Mitchell following him over two minutes later to make it 26-3.

Scores from Juan Smith and Mitchell then rounded off a comfortable win for Toulon, with Lucas Dupont registering a consolation score.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Nonu, Vermeulen, Armitage, Mitchell 2, Smith
Cons: Pélissié 2, Escande 2
Yellow Card: Nonu

For Grenoble:
Try: Dupont
Pen: Hart

Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Jonathan Pélissié, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Manasa Saulo Romumu, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Iuri Natriashvili, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Jocelino Suta, 19 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 20 Théo Belan, 21 Frédéric Michalak, 22 Éric Escande, 23 Levan Chilachava

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Xavier Mignot, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Daniel Kilioni, 10 Clement Gelin, 9 Christophe Loustalot, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Mahamadou Diaby, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 James Percival, 4 Mathias Marie, 3 Walter Desmaison, 2 Loïck Jammes, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet,17 Denis Coulson, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Fabien Alexandre, 20 James Hart, 21 Robinson Caire, 22 Maritino Nemani, 23 Dayna Edwards

Referee: Maxime Chalon

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