Top 14 wrap: Grenoble shock Racing

Date published: October 6 2013

Grenoble provided the upset of the weekend in France on Saturday as they beat big-spending Racing Métro 22-20 in Paris.

Grenoble provided the upset of the weekend in France on Saturday as they beat big-spending Racing Métro 22-20 in Paris.

Defending Top 14 champions Castres were thrashed 34-0 away to Brive in a result that does nothing for the reputation of the league.

Montpellier ran six tries past Oyonnax in another impressive performance while Bordeaux-Bègles hammered Bayonne.


Biarritz 18-12 Perpignan
Toulon 25-19 Clermont
Bordeaux-Bègles 34-6 Bayonne
Brive 34-0 Castres
Montpellier 45-20 Oyonnax
Racing Métro 20-22 Grenoble
Toulouse 28-10 Stade Français

Montpellier Hérault Rugby 45-20 US Oyonnax
Stade Yves Du Manoir, Montpellier

Level with Toulon at the top of the table, Montpellier underlined their credentials as title contenders in both France and Europe with another bonus-point win at home.

Fabien Galthié has the luxury of picking from two world class scrum halves. Benoît Paillaugue scored 20 points to match Jonathan Pélissié's heroics against Clermont.

The home pack was impressive once again while François Trinh-Duc keeps on pushing for a national call up with another try-scoring display.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Tries: Penalty try, Trinh-Duc, Combezou 2, Paillaugue, Floch
Cons: Paillaugue 6
Pens: Paillaugue

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Tian, Ursache
Cons: Urdapilleta, Barnard
Pens: Urdapilleta 2
Yellow cards: Tichit, Figuerola

Montpellier: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Anthony Tuitavake, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Yoan Audrin, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Benoît Paillaugue, 8 Kélian Galletier, 7 Alexandre Bias 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo (c) 5 Thibaut Privat- 4 Robins Tchalé-Watchou, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Charles Géli, 1 Yvan Watremez,
Replacements: 16 Mickaël Ivaldi, 17 Maximiliano Bustos, 18 Johan Aliouat, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Eric Escande, 21 Enzo Selponi, 22 Yohann Artru, 23 Na'ama Leleimalefaga

Oyonnax: 15 Tian 14 Codjo, 13 Aguillon, 12 Hansell-Pune (c), 11 Bousquet, 10 Urdapilleta, 9 Cibray, 8 Ursache, 7 Slade, 6 Diaby, 5 Browne, 4 Nemecek, 3 Baiocco, 2 Clark, 1 Tichit.
Replacements: 16 Jenneker, 17 Du Preez, 18 Lagrange, 19 Maafu, 20 Figuerola, 21 Barnard, 22 Paea, 23 Iapteff

Racing Métro 20-22 FC Grenoble
Stade Yves Du Manoir – Colombes (Paris)

Grenoble replacement Valentin Courrent kicked a 79th minute penalty to shock Racing on home soil in a match marked by a plethora of handling errors from the Parisians.

The teams were level at 9-all at the break after opposing Irish fly-halves Jonathan Sexton and James Hart exchanged penalties.

Hart pounced on a fumble by Jacques Cronje to race home early in the second period. Racing went ahead in the last quarter when Marc Andreu latched onto Sexton's kick.

But the visitors would have the last laugh as Courrent landed two penalties in the dying minutes – thanks to Grenoble's dominant scrum – to snatch the spoils.

The scorers:

For Racing Métro:
Try: Andreu
Pens: Sexton 5

For Grenoble:
Try: Hart
Con: Hart
Pens: Hart 3, Courrent 2
Yellow card: Edwards

Racing Métro: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Bernard Le roux, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous,
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Soane Tonga'uiha, 18 Jone Qovu, 19 Wenceslas Lauret, 20 Virimi Vakatawa, 21 Fabrice Estebanez, 22 Ruan Snyman, 23 Brian Mujati,

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Benjamin Thiery, 13 Geoffroy Messina, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Ratu Ratini, 10 Olly Barkley, 9 James Hart, 8 Fabien Alexandre, 7 Roland Bernard, 6 Benjamin Hand, 5 Hendrik Roodt, 4 Naude Beukes, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Anthony Hegarty, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Romain David, 17 Vincent Campo Castillo, 18 Andrew Farley, 19 Jonathan Best, 20 Matthieu Nicolas, 21 Blair Stewart, 22 Valentin Courrent, 23 Richard Choirat.

CA Brive-Corrèze v Castres Olympique
Stade Amédée-Domenech, Brive-la-Gaillarde

Shocking! Absolutely shocking. Castres were not worthy of their title of champions of France as they were hammered by promoted Brive.

It's not a good sign ahead of next week's Heineken Cup clash with Northampton.

CABCL, meanwhile, secured their tenth consecutive win at home and bonus point that leaves them sitting safely in ninth place.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Tries: Koyamaibole, Bakaniceva, Ma'Ilei, Hireche
Cons: Germain 4
Pens: Germain 2
Yellow card: Hireche

For Castres:
Yellow card: Diarra

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Elia Radikedike, 10 Riaan Swanepoel 9 Jean Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Kieran Murphy, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Julien Ledevedec , 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Francois Da ros, 1 Johannes Coetzee,
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Simon Pinet, 19 Hugues Briatte, 20 Damien Neveu, 21 Romain Sola, 22 Alfifeleti Mafi, 23 Patrick Barnard,

Castres: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Paul Bonnefond, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Ibrahim Diarra, 6 Jan Bornman, 5 Benjamin Desroche, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Mathieu Bonello, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements:16 Brice Mach, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Richard Gray, 19 Piula Faasalele, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Maxwell Evans, 22 Pierre gilles Lakafia, 23 Mihaita Lazar,

Union Bordeaux-Bègles 34-6 Aviron Bayonnais
Stade André Moga, Bègles

Another heavy defeat for Bayonne that leaves them stuck in the relegation zone with fellow Basques Biarritz. It's a vital result for Bordeaux-Bègles, who are now five points clear of the drop zone.

UBB had the game won by half-time as they led 17-6 at the interval.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Le Bourhis, Toetu, Brousse
Cons: Bernard 2
Pens: Bernard 5

For Bayonne:
Pens: Bustos Moyano 2
Yellow card: Haare

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Bruce Reihana, 14 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7