Top 14 Wrap: Racing win at Clermont

Date published: December 27 2015

A full set of fixtures took place in the Top 14 on Sunday, with Racing 92 securing a valuable away win at Clermont, their first at the Stade Marcel Michelin since 1994.

Struggling Oyonnax moved off the bottom of the table after beating Stade Français 25-12, while Montpellier hammered Agen while there were close home wins for UBB and Pau.


Oyonnax 25-12 Stade Français
Bordeaux-Bègles 25-19 Grenoble
Castres 23-8 Brive
Montpellier 45-20 Agen
Pau 15-11 La Rochelle
Clermont Auvergne 16-20 Racing 92
Toulouse 31-8 Toulon

Oyonnax 25-12 Stade Français
Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax

Oyonnax picked up a priceless 25-12 win in the Top 14 on Sunday as they overcame reigning champions Stade Français at Stade Charles Mathon.

The result lifts them above Agen and off the bottom spot in the league, thus closing the gap on eleventh placed Stade to just four points.

One try was scored in the contest and it went the way of outside centre Jimmy Yobo in the 44th minute, which proved to be a decisive seven points as Oyonnax grew in confidence as the match wore on. Stade Français meanwhile were disappointing as they suffered a seventh defeat.

Régis Lespinas and Morné Steyn traded three penalties apiece to make it 9-9 at the break in a game that was played in perfect conditions.

But after the interval Lespinas and replacement Quentin Etienne chipped away at Stade Français as three more penalties following Yobo's try secured a much-celebrated win for the home side.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Try: Yobo
Con: Lespinas
Pens: Lespinas 5, Etienne
Yellow Card: Maurouard

For Stade Français:
Pens: Steyn 4
Yellow Card: Camara

Oyonnax: 15 Florian Denos, 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Jimmy Yobo, 12 Vincent Martin, 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 10 Régis Lespinas, 9 Fabien Cibray, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Geoffrey Fabbri, 4 Leon Power, 3 Antoine Guillamon, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Laurent Desboubles.
Replacements: 16 Jéremie Maurouard, 17 Soane Tonga'uiha, 18 George Robson, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Pierrick Gunther, 21 Julien Blanc, 22 Quentin Etienne, 23 Marc Clerc.

Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Waisale Nayacalevu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jeremy Sinzelle, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Mathieu Ugena, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2  Craig Burden, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Paul Gabrillagues, 19 Sekou Macalou, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Josaia Raisque, 23 Paul Alo-Emile.

Referee: Tual Trainini

Bordeaux-Bègles 25-19 Grenoble
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 16:00 local (15:00 GMT)

UBB momentarily climbed into third in the Top 14 after holding off a late charge from Grenoble and running in three tries.

Simon Hickey landed two early penalties to one from Jonathan Wisniewski before the visitors lost Peter Kimlin to the sin-bin.

In-form French international Sofiane Guitoune then recorded the first try with a quick burst, converted by Hickey for a 13-3 advantage.

Three more points from Wisniewski cancelled that out before UBB scored their second try through Wayne Avei. 

Guitoune and Adam Ashley-Cooper followed up Loann Goujon's big run with some smart hands to put the hooker away for another score, with Hickey missing the conversion but giving the side a handy lead at 18-6.

Wisniewski hit back with a third penalty after the interval and a fourth effort with ten minutes to go cut UBB's lead to just six points.

A try for Jandre Marais however in the corner appeared to have secured the win for the hosts, with Hickey converting, but Chris Farrell's converted try in the 80th minute at least meant that Grenoble headed home with a losing bonus point.

The scorers:

For UBB:
Tries: Guitoune, Avei, Marais
Cons: Hickey 2
Pens: Hickey 2

For Grenoble:
Try: Farrell
Con: Bosch
Pens: Wisniewski 4
Yellow Card: Kimlin

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis Benoit Madaule, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Benat Auzqui, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Berend Botha, 19 Marco Tauleigne, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Felix Le Bourhis, 23 Sekope Kepu

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Timo Nemani, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Christophe Loustalot, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Stephen Setephano, 5 Peter Kimlin, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Roussow De Klerk, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Heguy, 17 Fabien Barcella, 18 Jonathan Best, 19 Mahamadou Diaby, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Gillies Bosch, 22 Daniel Killoni, 23 Dayna Edwards

Referee: Salem Attalah

Castres 23-8 Brive
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres ran in three tries to dispatch Brive and secure their position in eighth place in the league.

Rory Kockott suffered an early miss but made no mistake with his next effort on 17 minutes but Castres were fortunate to not concede a penalty try when Rémi Lamerat appeared to deliberately kick the ball dead within his in-goal area under pressure from Gaetan Germain.

Instead it was Castres who were penalised as Piula Faasalele was shown a yellow card.

The Brive full-back Germain slotted a penalty to level the scores but Julien Caminati and Thomas Combezou then combined to create an attack finished off by Julien Dumora for a try.

Kockott struck again after the break with three more points before Caminati scored the hosts' second try following a well-worked attack including Rodrigo Capo Ortega and Combezou.

A conversion and third penalty from Kockott extended the lead to 23-3 before replacement props Antoine Tichit and Giorgi Jgenti were both yellow carded after a scrap.

Teddy Iribaren's try gave Brive some hope, before each side was denied another try by the TMO as the score remained 23-8.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Tries: Dumora, Caminati 
Cons: Kockott 2
Pens: Kockott 3
Yellow Card: Faasalele, Tichit

For Brive:
Tries: Iribaren
Pens: Germain
Yellow Card: Jgenti

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Julien Caminati, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Mihai Lazar. 
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Yohan Montes, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Johnnie Beattie, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Antoine Tichit.

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Thomas Laranjeira, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotukula, 6 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Francois Da Ros, 1 Lucas Pointud. 
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Fabien Sanconnie, 20 William Whetton, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Romain Sola, 23 Giorgi Jgenti.

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Montpellier 45-20 Agen
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Jake White's Montpellier thrashed Agen, finishing with six tries in a convincing performance at the Altrad Stadium.

Demetri Catrakilis scored one penalty and missed another in the first quarter before former France winger Julien Malzieu crossed for the game's first try, the conversion from Catrakilis ensuring a 10-0 lead.

Montpellier's rolling maul couldn't be stopped as Bismarck du Plessis scored his second try for his new club in as many games, converted by Catrakilis to give the hosts a huge lead.

Burton Francis chipped back with two penalties but it was Montpellier who led 17-6 at the break.

Anthony Tuitavake's try after half-time extended that advantage but Agen refused to lie down, Julien Hériteau's converted try giving them some hope.

However two quick tries from Jesse Mogg and Marvin O'Connor restored order for Montpellier as they ran away with the contest, before former Wallabies captain Ben Mowen completed the rout with Montpellier's sixth try in added time.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Tries: Malzieu, B du Plessis, Tuitavake, Mogg, O'Connor, Mowen
Cons: Catrakilis 6
Pen: Catrakilis

For Agen:
Tries: Hériteau, Tilsley
Cons: Francis 2
Pens: Francis 2

Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Ben Lucas, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Benôit Paillaugue, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Thibault Privat, 19 Antoine Battut, 20 Nic White, 21 Julien Malzieu, 22 Pierre Bérard, 23 Davit Kubriashvili

Agen: 15 Benoît Sicart, 14 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 13 Julien Hériteau, 12 Johann Sadie, 11 Georges Tilsley, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Alexi Balès, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Remy Vaquin, 5 William Demotte, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Dave Ryan, 2 Djalil Narjissi, 1 Arsene Nnomo
Replacements: 16 Mike Tadjer, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Api Ratuniyarawa, 19 Sione Tau, 20 Clement Darbo, 21 Francois Bouvier, 22 Filipo Nkosi, 23 Ruaan du Preez

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Pau 15-11 La Rochelle
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Former All Blacks fly-half Colin Slade scored 12 points as Pau did enough to see off La Rochelle.

Pau handed a Top 14 debut to All Blacks star Conrad Smith but it was the boot of his team-mate Slade that proved to be influential.

Slade landed two penalties in the opening 12 minutes before Damien Traille, from full-back, landed a trademark effort from nearly 50 metres to give Pau plenty of breathing space.

Zach Holmes couldn't respond for La Rochelle as he missed an attempt, Slade having no such issues when he made it 15-0 just before half-time with a fourth penalty and then a drop goal.

La Rochelle were left with a big task ahead of them but responded perfectly with the first try of the match from Gabriel Lacroix, although Holmes missed the conversion.

Two penalties from Holmes added some drama late on but ultimately Pau, who failed to score a point in the second half, clung on for the win.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Pens: Slade 3, Traille
Drop Goal: Slade
Yellow Card: Pierre

For La Rochelle:
Try: Lacroix
Con: Holmes
Pens: Holmes 2
Yellow Card: Corbel

Pau: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Sireli Bobo, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Paddy Butler, 6 Sean Dougall, 5 Daniel Ramsay, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Chris King, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Julien Jacquot
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Geoffrey Moïse, 18 Claude Dry, 19 Jovili Domolailai, 20 Thierry Lacrampe, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Julien Fumat, 23 Giorgi Natsharashvili

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Malietoa Hingano, 11 Alex Northam, 10 Zach Holmes, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Afa Amosa, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Romana Graham, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Maxime Gau, 1 Vincent Pelo
Replacements: 16 David Roumieu, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Leandro Cedaro, 19 Jone Qovu, 20 Romain Sazy, 21 Julien Audy, 22 Eliot Roudil, 23 Gagi Bazadze

Referee: Cédric Marchat

Clermont Auvergne 16-20 Racing 92
Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont Ferrand

Racing leapfrogged Clermont in the Top 14 after a gritty away win at the Stade Marcel Michelin.

The first half was a kicking contest between the two France scrum-halves as Morgan Parra and Maxime Machenaud traded penalties to make the contest 6-6 after half an hour.

Clermont however took the lead just before half-time when Racing lost Louis Dupichot to a yellow card, with Parra converting for a third time to make it 9-6 to les Jaunards at the interval.

Johan Goosen crossed for the visitors after the break after confirmation from the TMO, who ruled out a possible obstruction, with Machenaud converting to put Racing ahead.

Racing's second try came shortly after when Casey Laulala beat Alivereti Raka to set up Henry Chavancy.

A 20-9 lead with Machenaud's conversion meant that Racing looked well positioned for an impressive victory, but Clermont responded.

Fritz Lee's converted try in the final quarter kept them right in contention, only for huge defence from Racing helping them grind out what could prove to be a huge win in the wider context of the season.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Try: Lee
Con: Parra
Pens: Parra 3

For Racing:
Tries: Goosen, Chavancy
Con: Machenaud 2
Pens: Machenaud 2
Yellow Card: Dupichot

Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Camille Gérondeau, 5 Sébastian Vahaamahina, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Vincent Debaty
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphaël Chaume, 18 Paul Jedrasiak, 19 Peceli Yato, 20 Ludovic Radoslavjevic, 21 Pato Fernandez, 22 Albert Vulivuli, 23 Clément Ric

Racing 92: 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Etienne Dussartre, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Thibault Dubarry, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Davit Khinchagashvili, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Chris Masoe, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Dan Carter, 22 Casey Laulala, 23 Martin Castrogiovanni

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz