Top 14 Wrap: Castres too strong for Toulon

Date published: November 19 2016

There were wins for Castres, Bordeaux-Bègles, Brive, Clermont and Racing 92 in the Top 14 action that took place on Saturday.



Castres 34-17 Toulon
Bordeaux-Bègles 26-0 La Rochelle
Brive 38-25 Pau
Clermont 16-13 Lyon
Racing 92 29-24 Grenoble


Bayonne v Toulouse
Stade Français v Montpellier

Castres 34-19 Toulon
Stade Jean-Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres were deserved winners against their more fancied opponents and Geoffrey Palis led the way courtesy of a 19-point haul via a try, four conversions and two penalties.

Toulon were fastest out of the blocks and led 6-0 inside the opening quarter thanks to two Pierre Bernard penalties but Castres struck back via a Robert Ebersohn try which Palis converted.

Palis also slotted two penalties before Bernard added a drop goal which meant Castres led 13-9 at half-time.

Ebersohn crossed for his second try, five minutes after the restart, before Bernard kicked his third penalty in the 49th minute. It didn’t take long for the home side to responded via Palis’ five-pointer and his conversion meant Castres now held a comfortable 27-12 lead.

To their credit, Toulon didn’t surrender and struck back via a Jean Charles Orioli try on the hour mark but Castres sealed their when Tudor Stroe crossed for their fourth try shortly before the end.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Ebersohn 2, Palis, Stroe
Cons: Palis 4
Pens: Palis 2

For Toulon:
Pens: Bernard 3
Drop Goal: Bernard

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Remy Grosso, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Victor Moreaux, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 19 Anthony Jelonch, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Maxime Javaux, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 23 Damien Tussac

Toulon: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Jimmy Yobo, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Liam Gill, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Jean Charles Orioli, 17 Laurent DelBoulbes, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Juandre Kruger, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Anthony Belleau, 22 Jonathan Pelissie, 23 Emerick Setiano

Referee: Romain Poite

Bordeaux-Bègles 26-0 La Rochelle
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

Bordeaux-Bègles climbed to second position in the Top 14 standings as they outclassed La Rochelle at Stade Chaban Delmas.

Despite only leading 6-0 at half-time thanks to two Simon Hickey penalties, UBB moved into gear in an impressive second 40.

Tries from loosehead prop Sebastien Taofifenua and replacement prop Jean-Baptiste Poux to go with conversions from Hickey and Lionel Beauxis and two more Hickey penalties saw Bordeaux-Bègles canter to the four points, with La Rochelle scoreless.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Taofifenua, Poux
Cons: Hickey, Beauxis
Pens: Hickey 4

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Joe Edwards, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Marc Clerc

La Rochelle: 15 Zack Holmes, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Steeve Barry, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Vincent Rattez, 10 Anthony Fuertes, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Romain Sazy, 6 Romana Graham, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 David Fe’ao, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Samuel Lagrange, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Arthur Retiere, 21 Levani Botia, 22 Paul Jordaan, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi

Referee: Pascal Gauzère

Brive 38-25 Pau
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brive picked up their sixth victory of the Top 14 season on Saturday as they saw off Pau, winning at Stade Amédée Domenech.

The hosts led 13-8 at the interval thanks to Benjamin Lapeyre’s try and eight points from the boot of full-back Gaetan Germain.

Further tries from Seremaia Burotu, Nicolas Bezy and Takudzwa Ngwenya saw them keep Pau, whose try-scorers were Charly Malie, Chris King and Marvin Lestremau, out of reach as the visitors go home without even a losing bonus-point for their efforts.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Lapeyre, Burotu, Bezy, Ngwenya
Cons: Germain 3
Pens: Germain 4

For Pau:
Malie, King, Lestremau
Cons: Fajardo 2
Pens: Taylor 2

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Sevenaia Galala, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Fabien Sanconnie, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Patrick-Albert Toetu, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Vivien Devisme, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 William Whetton, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Romain Cabannes, 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 23 Soso Bekoshvili

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Bastien Pourailly, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Daniel Ramsay, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Mehdi Boundjema, 17 Chris King, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Paddy Butler, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Marvin Lestremau, 23 Malik Hamadache

Referee: Laurent Cardona

Clermont 16-13 Lyon
Parc Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont stay top of the pile in France as they edged out Lyon thanks to a last-minute drop-goal from scrum-half Morgan Parra.

Jacques-Louis Potgieter put Lyon 0-3 in front early on before Parra landed two penalty goals for a 6-3 cushion at the turnaround.

Arthur Iturria went over for the game’s first try on 44 minutes, which was converted by Parra, as Clermont pushed 13-3 in front.

Potgieter then slotted a penalty and when Baptiste Couilloud scored a converted try, suddenly Lyon were level on 66 minutes.

But with time all but up, Parra was once again the hero for his club side as he sent over a late drop-goal that won the contest.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Con: Parra
Pen: Parra
Drop-Goal: Parra 2

For Lyon:
Con: Potgieter
Pens: Potgieter 2

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Adrien Plante, 10 Morgan Parra, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Camille Gerondeau, 5 Arthur Iturria, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 Yohan Beheregaray, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Julien Ruaud, 20 Enzo Sanga, 21 Hosea Gear, 22 Damian Penaud, 23 Aaron Jarvis

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Hemani Paea, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Ti’I Paulo, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Taiasina Tuifua, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 Theo Belan, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Gomez Kodela

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Racing 92 29-24 Grenoble
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

Racing 92 claimed their seventh win of the Top 14 season as they edged out a spirited Grenoble effort at Stade Yves du Manoir.

First-half tries from Yannick Nyanga and Dimitri Szarzewski to Fabien Alexandre’s effort for Grenoble made it 14-10 at the break.

Francois van der Merwe and Henry Chavancy added tries three and four for Clermont in the second period, with Laurent Bouchet and Chris Farrell crossing for Grenoble but they came up just short of their hosts, who are now seventh in the league standings.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Nyanga, Szarzewski, Van der Merwe, Chavancy
Cons: Hart 2, Dambielle
Pens: Dambielle

For Grenoble:
Alexandre, Bouchet, Farrell
Cons: Wisniewski 2, Bosch
Pens: Wisniewski

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavake, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Remi Tales, 9 James Hart, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Chris Masoe, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Casey Laulala, 23 Cedate Gomes Sa

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Edward Sawailau, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Mickael Capelli, 19 Dylan Hayes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Nigel Hunt, 23 Walter Desmaison

Referee: Cédric Marchat