Two impressive away victories headlined Round 12 of the Top 14 as Biarritz won in Brive and Castres claimed the spoils in Montpellier.
Two impressive away victories headlined Round 12 of the Top 14 as Biarritz won in Brive and Castres claimed the spoils in Montpellier on Saturday.
Clermont recorded their 67th consecutive win at home by running six tries past Rcaing Metro to move level with Toulon at the top on the standings.
Toulon 15-9 Perpignan
Bayonne 24-10 Grenoble
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles 45-23 Stade FranÃ§ais
Brive 9-14 Biarritz
Montpellier 16-20 Castres
Toulouse 14-3 Oyonnax
Clermont 47-14 Racing MÃ©tro
CA Brive-CorrÃ¨ze 9-14 Biarritz Olympique
Stade AmÃ©dÃ©e-Domenech, Brive-la-Gaillarde
A highly-motived and committed Biarritz team succeeded where Castres and Toulouse have failed and became the first team to win in Brive this season.
An error-riddled first half ended with a punch-up as Biarritz led 5-0 before the players headed to the changing rooms to the boos of the local fans.
Ex-French international Damian Traille was the hero for BO, scoring the game's only try before securing victory with a late drop.
Biarritz move five points behind Oyonnax, but still face an uphill back to avoid the drop as they still trail Basque rivals Bayonne by nine points.
Pens: Germain 3
For Biarritz :
Pens: Baby 2
Yellow card: Lund
Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Venione Voretamaya, 10 Riaan Swanepoel, 9 Jean Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisaro Koyamaibole, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Patrick Barnard, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili,
Replacements: 16 Francois da Ros, 17 Johannes Coetzee, 18 Simon Pinet, 19 Said Hireche, 20 Damien Neveu, 21 Romain Sola, 22 Laurent Ferreres, 23 Kevin Buys.
Biarritz: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Seremaia Burotu, 12 Benoit Baby, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Daniel Waenga, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Tanguy Molcard, 6 Benoit Guyot, 5 Mathias Marie, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Jean Philippe Genevois, 1 Alexandre Menini,
Replacements: 16 Jonnah Dabti, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Addison Lockley, 19 Luix Roussarie, 20 Julien Peyrelongue, 21 Charles Gimenez, 22 Paul Couet Lannes, 23 Benedict Broster,
Aviron Bayonnais 24-21 FC Grenoble
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne
12th-placed Bayonne snatched a precious win at home thanks to a late penalty from Argentine Martin Bustos-Moyano and move clear of the drop zone.
Despite outscoring their hosts two-tries to none and having led 11-9 at the break, Grenoble were made to pay for their multiple errors and must settle for a losing bonus point.
Pens: Bustos Moyano 6, Brett
Yellow cards: Bustos Moyano, Monribot
Tries: Messina, Hegarty
Pens: Courrent 2, Caminati
Biarritz 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Martin Bustos Moyano, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Mathieu Belie, 8 Charles Ollivon, 7 Julien Puricelli, 6 Mark Chisholm, 5 Lisiate Faaoso, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Gert Muller, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Aretz Iguiniz,
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Nemiah Tialata, 18 Abdellatif Boutaty, 19 Jean Joseph Marmouyet, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Santiago Fernandez, 22 Jean Monribot, 23 JC Janse van rensburg.
Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Benjamin Thiery, 13 Rida Jaouher, 12 Geoffroy Messina, 11 Julien Caminati, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 Valentin Courrent, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Peter Kimlin, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Andrew Farley, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Anthony Hegarty, 1 Kenan Mutapcic,
Replacements: 16 Romain David, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Benjamin Hand, 19 Fabien Alexandre, 20 Henry Vanderglas, 21 Matthieu Nicolas, 22 James Hart, 23 Dayna Edwards,
Union Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles 45-23 Stade FranÃ§ais Paris
Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
UBB whipped Stade FranÃ§ais six tries to two in a high-paced clash on the Atlantic coast.
The Parisians, sitting sixth, were missing ten internationals and had a nightmarish game, losing two hookers – one injured, one to a yellow card – in quickfire succession.
Playing with 13 against 15 for 10 minutes, they were hit by 17 points and never came back in the game.
It was an excellent result which gives Bordeaux some breathing space as they sit 11th just above the relegation zone.
Tries: Marais, Maynadier 2, Connor, Domvo, Auzqui
Cons: Bernard 3
Pens: Bernard 3
Yellow cards: Marais, Rey
For Stade FranÃ§ais:
Tries: Plisson, Arias
Cons: Dupuy, Porical
Pens: Dupuy 3
Yellow cards: Sempere, Camara
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Rafael Carballo, 13 Felix Le bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis Madaule, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Albert Toetu, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Jean Batiste Poux,
Replacements: 16 Benat Auzqui, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Alikisio Fakate, 19 Matt Graham, 20 Emmanuel Saubusse, 21 Romain Lonca, 22 Charles Brousse, 23 Silviu Florea.
Stade FranÃ§ais: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 David Lyons, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 David Attoub, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Heinke van der Merwe,
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempere, 17 Romain Frou, 18 Alexandre Flanquart, 19 Sylvain Nicolas, 20 Jerome Fillol, 21 Jonathan Danty, 22 Jerome Porical, 23 Benjamin Chabert.
Montpellier HÃ©rault Rugby 16-20 Castres Olympique
Stade Yves Du Manoir, Montpellier
The exploit of the day went to Castres, who came away with a precious win from Montpellier, who drift away from the leaders, as they sit fourth, three points off the lead.
A 71st minute try from full-back Geoffrey Palis turned things around for Castres, who owe their victory to a huge performance from their pack.
Montpellier's new signing Rene Ranger failed to shine in his first match, with the New Zealand wing given few exploitable balls despite the hosts' positive intentions.
Pens: Paillaugue 3
Pens: Palis 5
Yellow card: Diarra
Montpellier: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Rene Ranger, 13