Top 14 wrap: Racing edge Paris derby

Date published: December 4 2010

Racing Metro came out on top in Paris' derby against Stade Français while Clermont resisted a late comeback from Toulouse.

Racing Metro came out on top in Saturday's Paris derby against Stade Français, who were victims of their own poor discipline.

Rupeni 'Caucau' marked his first Toulouse start with a yellow card as the leaders went down narrowly on the road to defending champions Clermont in the other heavyweight clash of the day.

Agen produced the upset of the weekend as they won in Brive to move level with their hosts on the edge of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Castres did well to topple Perpignan while Bayonne got back on the horse with victory at home to La Rochelle.

Toulon 29-13 Montpellier
Brive 12-30 Agen
Bayonne 23-14 La Rochelle
Castres 23-13 Perpignan
Racing Metro 15-13 Stade Francais
Clermont 32-25 Toulouse
Bourgoin v Biarritz: Postponed to Sunday


Racing Metro 15-13 Stade Francais
Stade Yves Du Manoir – Colombes (Paris)

In a disappointing game where the forward packs did most of the graft, Stade Français were made to pay for giving away far too many penalties and two yellow cards.

The visitors scored the only try of the match through Ollie Phillips Рhis fourth try in three games against Racing-M̩tro Рto take a short-lived lead in the second half but Racing fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski's four penalties to add to Frans Steyn's early long-range effort proved enough for the hosts.

Wisniewski drew the teams level at 6-all on the stroke of half time after Tom Palmer was sent to the bin in the 40th minute for Stade's cynicism.

Stade Français finished with fourteen men after Pascal Papé saw yellow for some late fisticuffs with Andrea Lo Cicero.

To add injury to insult, the visitors lost Lionel Beauxis to a thigh strain while Racing saw Juan Martin Hernandez come off the bench in the final quarter.

Castres 23-13 Perpignan
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres recorded their first win against Perpignan since 2006 thanks to barnstorming first half which had them up 17-6 at the break.

Perpignan were unable to recover from a poor start that saw Castres blitz three tries past their Catalan visitors in the opening 21 minutes. Winger Yohan Audrin score two of those tries, intercepting a Jerome Porical pass for the first but ending his game with a knee injury while scoring his second and Castres' third.

Australian fly-half Cameron McIntyre had grabbed the hosts second try after beating Porical to scrum-half Alexandre Albouy's kick ahead.

Perpignan centre David Marty denied the Tarnais a bonus point however with an 80m interception try on 70 minutes.

The visitors were made to head home empty handed though as a late Romain Teulet penalty made sure they didn't get a bonus point either.

Bayonne 23-14 La Rochelle
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Bayonne got a crucial home win as they recovered from their mid-season wobble.

It wasn't pretty at Stade Jean Dauger but French international Yoann Huget provided something to talk about with scintillating solo try to give the Basques a 10-5 half-time lead.

The hosts took advantage of having an extra man after Samoan prop Tamato Leopulu was sent to the bin for La Rochelle's repeated scrum infringements, allowing Huget to cancel out Florian Ninard's early try.

Number eight Julien Puricelli extended Bayonne's lead early in the second period with the hosts' second try.

Benjamin Dambielle brought the gap down to just three points with three penalties but les Maritimes let the game slip with their indiscipline as two late penalties from scrum-half Julien Audy assured Bayonne of victory.

Dambielle missed two late penalties that would have given Les Rochelais a losing bonus point.

Brive 12-30 Agen
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Probably the most significant result of the day as a bonus point for Agen moves them above Brive, who are now in the relegation zone!

It's Agen's third-straight win, their first on the road this season.

After failing to capitalise on their dominance of possession in the first half, Brive fell apart in the second period as Agen scrum-half Sylvain Dupuy's 74th minute touchdown sealed the three-tries-to-none drubbing.

Brive's fifth successive league defeat could mean the end for coach Ugo Mola after forwards coach Christophe Laussucq was sacked last week.

Agen were up 10-9 at the break thanks to a try from Fijian wing Saimoni Vaka and a drop goal from fly-half Valentin Courrent. They didn't have much of the ball, but Agen scored with every incursion into Brive territory.

A Mathieu Belie penalty briefly gave Brive a lead after the break but the wheels then came off as winger Romain Edmond-Samuel touched down for the visitors and Courrent found the target twice from the tee.

A 71st-minute yellow card for Vasil Kakovin didn't help Brive's cause as it paved the way for Dupuy's knock out blow.

Clermont 32-25 Toulouse
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont Ferrand

Clermont managed to snatch a crucial victory from the league leaders that allows them to stay in touch with the pacesetters.

Sione Lauaki was in outstanding form as he helped Clermont to outscore their visitors by two tries to one in an encounter that saw Toulouse fight to the bitter end.

Maxime Medard's intercept try gave Toulouse an early lead but 'Caucau' was given a yellow card just fourteen minutes into his first start for les Toulousains for high tackle on Julien Malzieu.

Clermont's numerical advantage told as Lauaki put Malzieu clear for a try.

Alexandre Lapandry touched down just before the break when Clement Poitrenaud failed to control Brock James' grubber in-goal, giving Clermont a 23-26 lead.

The second half was tryless as David Skrela and Morgan Parra traded penalties. Fred Michalak marked his return with a late penalty that narrowed the gap to four points but Parra would have a final say to assure Clermont of a deserved victory.

Toulouse will have to settle for a losing bonus point but retain the championship lead.

Toulon 29-13 Montpellier
Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon

Read the match report here

Bourgoin v Biarritz
Parc des Sports d'Aguilera, Biarritz