Top 14 Wrap: Clermont reach 70

Date published: December 30 2013

Clermont Auvergne made history by stretching their remarkable home run to 70 straight wins against Oyonnax on Sunday.

Clermont Auvergne made history by stretching their remarkable home run to 70 straight wins against Oyonnax on Sunday.

Stade Français kicked off a bumper day of Top 14 action with a seven-point win over Catalan visitors Perpignan in Paris.

Montpellier thumped Biarritz and Bordeaux-Bègles did enough to see off Brive, whilst Grenoble were winners over Castres.

Stephen Brett's late penalty ensured that Toulouse left Bayonne with nothing in a 21-13 win, while Racing Métro condemned Toulon to another away loss.


Stade Français 19-12 Perpignan
Grenoble 20-16 Castres
Union Bordeaux-Bègles 27-23 Brive
Clermont 33-19 Oyonnax
Montpellier 48-22 Biarritz
Bayonne 21-13 Toulouse
Racing Métro 14-3 Toulon

Stade Français 19-12 Perpignan
Stade Jean-Bouin

Stade Français continued their winning run despite losing three players to the sin bin against Perpignan.

The hosts scored the only try of the match through a Penalty Try in the 31st minute to open up a 10-3 lead.

Jerome Fillol and James Hook continued their kicking battle before Fillol's 58th-minute success put Stade ten points out in front.

However Hook's key penalty in the 74th minute, after Pascal Pape was penalised for a high tackle, brought USAP back within losing bonus point territory to make sure the visitors left Paris with something to show for their efforts.

The scorers:

For Stade:
Try: Penalty
Con: Fillol
Pens: Fillol 4
Yellow Cards: Arias, Pape, Attoub

For Perpignan:
Pens: Hook 4
Yellow Card: Taumalolo

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Paul Williams, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jerome Fillol, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 David Attoub, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Scott Lavalla, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Jerome Porical, 23 Sakaria Taulafo.

Perpignan: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 James Hook, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Daniel Leo, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Romain Taofifénua, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Sona Taumalolo,
Replacements: 16 Romain Terrain, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Guillaume Vilaceca, 19 Jean-Pierre Pérez, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 David Marty, 22 Lifeimi Mafi, 23 Kisi Pulu.

Grenoble 20-16 Castres
Stade Lesdiguières

Alipati Raitini's late try handed Grenoble a narrow victory over a weakened Castres side.

The Top 14 champions rested stars including Brice Dulin and Rory Kockott as they slipped to a four-point loss.

Full-back Geoffrey Palis kicked 11 points for the visitors but it was the boot of Irishman James Hart along with Valentin Courrent that secured victory for Grenoble.

Prop Albertus Buckle grabbed the first try for Grenoble after half an hour to set them on their way.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Tries: Buckle, Raitini
Cons: Hart, Courrent
Pens: Hart 2
Yellow Card: Hunt

For Castres:
Try: Bai
Con: Palis
Pens: Palis 3

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Alipati Raitini, 13 Geoffroy Messina, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Benjamin Thiery, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 James Hart, 8 Peter Kimlin, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Andrew Farley (c), 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Vincent Campo, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Kenan Mutapcic, 17 Laurent Bouchet, 18 Ben Hand, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Florian Faure, 21 Julien Caminati, 22 Valentin Courrent, 23 Richard Choirat.

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Maxwell Evans, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Cedric Garcia, 8 Janni Bornman, 7 Yannick Cabellero, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Marc Antoine Rallier, 1 Saimone Taumoepeau.
Replacements: 16 Mihaita Lazar, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Benjamin Desroche, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Remy Grosso, 23 Anton Peikrishvili.

Union Bordeaux-Bègles 27-23 Brive
Stade Jacques-Chaban-Delmas

Gaeten Germain's converted try secured a losing bonus point for Brive but Bordeaux-Bègles took the win between these two on Sunday.

A brace for the hosts from Jandre Marais and one try from Metuisela Talebula were enough to see the home, with Pierre Bernard converting all three scores and adding two penalties.

Former Western Force star Alfi Mafi scored Brive's first try with Germain's boot keeping them in the match until the end.

The scorers:

For Union Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Marais, Talebula
Cons: Bernard 2
Pens: Bernard 2
Yellow Card: Delboulbès

For Brive:
Tries: Mafi, Germain
Cons: Germain 2
Pens: Germain 3
Yellow Cards: Mailei, Coetzee

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 13 Felix le Bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Matthew Clarkin, 6 Louis Madaule, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Silviu Florea, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux,
Replacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Aliki Fakate, 19 Hugh Chalmers, 20 Thibault Lacroix, 21 Emmanuel Saubusse, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Albert Toetu.

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Thomas Laranjeira, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Alfi Mafi, 10 Roman Sola, 9 Jean Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisi Koyamaibole, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Simon Pinet, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Francois da Ros, 1 Goderzi Shvelidze.
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Julien Ledevedec, 19 Hugues Briatte, 20 Damien Neveu, 21 Riaan Swanepoel, 22 Elia Radikedike, 23 Johannes Coetzee.

Clermont 33-19 Oyonnax
Stade Charles Mathon

Clermont Auvergne made history after defeating Oyonnax 33-19 to stretch their remarkable run at the Stade Marcel-Michelin to 70 matches in a row.

Noa Nakaitaci, Fritz Lee and Benjamin Kayser all crossed the whitewash, as the home side settled the score with Oyonnax who defeated Clermont on their home ground earlier this season.

Mike Delany added ten points with the boot with Brock James contributing eight of his own after coming off the bench.

Oyonnax snatched two tries of their own from Pierre Aguillon and Jody Jenneker, but remain around the bottom of the table.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Nakaitaci, Lee, Kayser
Cons: Delany 2, James