Top 14 Wrap: Lyon beat Toulouse

Date published: September 17 2016

Lyon claimed their second triumph of the Top 14 campaign on Saturday as they got the better of Toulouse, winning 25-20 at Matmut Stadium.

In the other games Montpellier defeated Bayonne, Pau overcame Stade Français while Brive edged La Rochelle, with Clermont beating Bordeaux-Bègles in the late game at Stade Marcel Michelin to go top of the table.



Lyon 25-20 Toulouse
Bayonne 9-21 Montpellier
Pau 23-6 Stade Français
Brive 29-28 La Rochelle
Clermont 40-16 Bordeaux-Bègles


Castres v Grenoble
Racing 92 v Toulon

Lyon 25-20 Toulouse
Matmut Stadium, Lyon

Toulouse suffered a third straight defeat as they were beaten 25-20 by Lyon in an entertaining game at Matmut Stadium on Saturday.

Lyon took an early lead courtesy of a Napolioni Nalaga try in the eighth minute before Toulouse hit back via a Sebasiten Bezy penalty.

That would be Toulouse's only points of the half as Lyon replied with four Fred Michalak penalties to give them a 19-3 lead at the break.

The visitors struck back via a Bezy try shortly after the restart before Michalak added another penalty but a Paul Perez try on the hour-mark meant Toulouse were back in the match, with the home team holding a slender 22-17 lead to set up a grandstand finish to the fixture.

Michalak and Bezy traded a penalty apiece in the late stages and that was all that was added to the scoreboard as Lyon held on for victory.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Try: Nalaga
Con: Michalak
Pens: Michalak 6

For Toulouse:
Tries: Guitoune, Perez
Cons: Bezy 2
Pens: Bezy 2

Lyon: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Hemani Paea, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Agustín Figuerola, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Taiasina Tuifua, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Theo Belan, 21 Deon Fourie, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Stephane Clement

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Paul Perez, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Gregory Lamboley, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Edwin Maka, 19 Francois Cros, 20 Jean-Luc Brumont, 21 Jean Marc Doussain, 22 Gaël Fickou, 23 Maks van Dyk

Referee: Tual Trainini

Bayonne 9-21 Montpellier
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Montpellier's recent revival continued when they registered a 21-9 victory over Bayonne at Stade Jean Dauger.

The match turned into a kicking duel between Bayonne pivot Willie du Plessis, who scored all the home side's points, and his counterpart Demetri Catrakilis who finished with an 18-point haul courtesy of six penalties.

The duo traded penalties during the opening half with Montpellier holding a slender 6-3 lead at half-time.

There was more of the same in the second-half as Catrakilis slotted four more three-pointers, to Du Plessis' two, before Frans Steyn secured victory for the visitors with a place-kick of his own in the 77th minute.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Du Plessis 3
Yellow Card: Broster

For Montpellier:
Catrakilis 6, Steyn
Yellow Card: Tchale-Watchou

Bayonne: 15 Julien Tisseron, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Félix Le Bourhis, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 John Beattie, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Dion Evrard Oulai, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Gregory Arganese, 1 Lorenzo Cittadini
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Adrien Bordenave, 18 Pablo Huete, 19 PJ Van Lill, 20 Manu Saubusse, 21 Tanerau Latimer, 22 Raphael Lagarde, 23 Ben Broster

Montpellier: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Marvin O'Connor, 13 Vincent Martin, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic White, 8 Kelian Galletier, 7 Antoine Battut, 6 Wian Liebenberg, 5 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 4 Konstantin Mikautadze, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Charles Géli, 1 Yvan Watremez
Replacements: 16 Arno van Wyk, 17 Mikheil Nariashvili, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 20 Benoît Paillaugue, 21 Francois Steyn, 22 Benjamin Fall, 23 Davit Kubriashvili

Referee: Cédric Marchat

Pau 23-6 Stade Français
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Pau sealed their second victory of the season after they comfortably beat 2015's Top 14 champions 23-6 Stade Français at Stade du Hameau.

The hosts were 10-3 ahead at the break thanks to outside centre Conrad Smith's try and the boot of former All Black team-mate Colin Slade.

Then a try five minutes after the interval from Steffon Armitage gave them a handsome cushion and from there Slade's boot sealed the win.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Smith, Armitage
Cons: Slade 2
Pens: Slade 3

For Stade Français:
Pens: Bosman 2

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Bastien Pourailly, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Geoffrey Moise
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Daniel Ramsay, 19 Sean Dougall, 20 Thibault Daubagna, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Malik Hamadache

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Ratu Ratini, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Clément Daguin, 8 Patrick Sio, 7 Jono Ross, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Rémy Bonfils, 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Aled De Malmanche, 18 Mathieu De Giovanni, 19 Mathieu Ugena, 20 Raphaël Lakafia, 21 Julien Dupuy, 22 Julien Arias, 23 Sakaria Taulafo

Referee: Romain Poite

Brive 29-28 La Rochelle
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brive bounced back from last week's defeat at Grenoble as they ended La Rochelle's winning run, prevailing 29-28 at Stade Amédée Domenech.

It had looked like La Rochelle were heading to their fifth successive victory but a strong second-half from Brive saw them get the result.

Benjamin Lapeyre and Arnaud Mignardi scored Brive's tries while the reliable Gaetan Germain kicked two conversions and five penalties.

In reply Steeve Barry, Kini Murimurivalu and Vincent Rattez crossed for La Rochelle who will travel home with a bonus-point to their name.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Tries: Lapeyre, Mignardi
Cons: Germain 2
Pens: Germain 5

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Barry, Murimurivalu, Rattez
Cons: James 2
Pens: James 3

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Sevenaia Galala, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Benjamin Lapeyre, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Julien Le Devedec, 3 Soso Bekoshvili, 2 Francois Da Ros, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Fabien Sanconnie, 20 Jean-Baptiste Péjoine, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Benito Masilevu, 23 Patrick-Albert Toetu

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Steeve Barry, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Gabriel Lacroix, 10 Brock James, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Zeno Kieft, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Romana Graham, 3 Mohamed Boughanmi, 2 Maxime Gau, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Lekso Kaulashvili, 18 Damien Lagrange, 19 Jone Qovu, 20 Jason Eaton, 21 Jules Lebail, 22 Charles Bouldoire, 23 Uini Atonio

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Clermont 40-16 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont moved to the summit of the Top 14 after they beat Bordeaux-Bègles 40-16 on Saturday, picking up a bonus-point in the process.

They led 16-9 at the interval after inside centre Rémi Lamerat's try and the boot of scrum-half Morgan Parra gave them a slim advantage.

Paul Jedrasiak extended the cushion before wing Metuisela Talebula hit back for Bordeaux-Bègles, which made it 23-16 after 55 minutes.

But the game was all but put to bed seconds later when David Strettle crossed before Davit Zirakashvili pushed Clermont further ahead.

Strettle would score again before the end to wrap up a bonus-point victory for the home team, who now sit two points clear of La Rochelle.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Lamerat, Jedrasiak, Strettle 2, Zirakashvili
Cons: Parra 3
Pens: Parra 3

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Try: Talebula
Con: Beauxis
Pens: Beauxis 3

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Patricio Fernández, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Camille Lopez, 22 Benson Stanley, 23 Aaron Jarvis

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Metuisela Talebula, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Julien Audy, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis-Benoît Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Johan Aliouat, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Beñat Auzqui, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Loann Goujon, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Ian Madigan, 22 Josaia Vakacegu, 23 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Referee: Salem Attalah