Racing MÃ©tro picked up a priceless 25-15 win over Castres while Toulon romped to a 64-10 win over fourteen-man Oyonnax on Saturday.
Racing MÃ©tro picked up a priceless 25-15 win over Castres while Toulon romped to a fine 64-10 victory over Oyonnax in the Top 14 on Saturday.
Brive got the better of play-off hopefuls Grenoble, winning 31-6, while the late game sees Toulouse play host to Perpignan at Stade Ernest Wallon.
Sunday, March 2
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CA Brive-CorrÃ¨ze 31-6 Grenoble
Stade AmÃ©dÃ©e-Domenech, Brive-la-Gaillarde
Brive ran in three tries to thump Grenoble at Stade AmÃ©dÃ©e-Domenech, with Rian Swanepoel, Arnaud Mela and Francois Da Ros all crossing the whitewash.
A brace of penalties from full-back Gaetan Germain – who kicked 16 points – were cancelled out by Grenoble scrum-half James Hart before the break during a low-scoring first-half.
An altercation between Karlen Asieshvili and Dayna Edwards saw both props yellow-carded on 27 minutes.
The second half burst into life as Swanepoel and Mela crossed in quick succession, and Germain added his third penalty goal.
The points kept coming for the hosts as openside Peter Kimlin was sent packing for Grenoble; Germain slotting penalty number four before converting Da Ros' try.
Tries: Swanepoel, Mela, Da Ros
Con: Germain 2
Pen: Germain 4
Yellow card: Asieshvili (27 mins)
Pen: Hart 2
Yellow card: Edwards (27 mins), Kimlin (56 mins)
Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Alfi Mafi, 10 Riaan Swanepoel, 9 Jean Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisaro Koyamaibole, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Simon Pinet, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili.
Replacements: 16 Francois da Ros, 17 Goderzi Shvelidze, 18 Julien Ledevedec, 19 Kieran Murphy, 20 Damien Neveu, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Elia Radikedike, 23 Patrick Barnard.
Grenoble: 15 Benjamin Thiery, 14 Ratu Ratini, 13 Geoffroy Messina, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Matthieu Nicolas, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 James Hart, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Hendrik Roodt, 4 Benjamin Hand, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Kenan Mutapcic.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Andrew Farley, 19 Olivier Chaplain, 20 Jordan Michallet, 21 Daniel Kilioni, 22 Rudolf Coetzee, 23 Richard Choirat.
Referee: Pascal GauzÃ¨re
Racing MÃ©tro 92 25-15 Castres Olympique
Stade Yves Du Manoir – Colombes (Paris)
Five Rory Kockott penalties could not prevent Castres from going down 25-15 to a determined Racing outfit in Paris.
A brace of Juan Imhoff tries in the first and final five minutes of the match secured the victory for the hosts, with scrum-half Maxime Machenaud doing his chances of starting for France at Murrayfield next week no harm in matching Kockott's tally of three-pointers.
The win lifts the Parisians into the top six, and brought them to within three points of the title holders in fifth spot.
For Racing MÃ©tro:
Tries: Imhoff 2
Pen: Machenaud 5
Pen: Kockott 5
Yellow card: Wihongi (18 mins)
Racing MÃ©tro: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Fabrice Estebanez, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Antoine Battut, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Davit Khinchagishvili, 18 Fabrice Metz, 19 John Lydiate, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Alexandre Dumoulin, 23 Brian Mujati.
Castres: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Geoffrey Palis, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Ibrahim Diarra, 6 Jan Bornman, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Saimone Taumoepeau.
Replacements: 16 Marc Antoine Rallier, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Piula Faasalele , 19 Yannick Caballero, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Maxwell Evans, 23 Anton Peikrishvili.
Referee: JÃ©rÃ´me GarcÃ¨s
Rugby Club Toulonnais 64-10 Oyonnax
Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon
Toulon trounced 14-man Oyonnax – who lost hooker Jody Jenneker on the stroke of half-time – running in a whopping nine tries to one, with Jonny Wilkinson in fine form with the boot.
Wilkinson's eight successful conversions and solitary drop goal added to his own five-pointer brought his personal tally to 24 points.
Tries from Maxime Mermoz, Wilkinson, Drew Mitchell and Rudi Wulf ensured the hosts a bonus point before half-time; Oyonnax's only points coming courtesy of a penalty from Benjamin Urdapileta.
Second-half scores from Matt Giteau, David Smith, Benjamin Noirot, Mathieu Bastareaud and Mitchell's second try completed the rout, and left the big-spenders atop the Top 14 table.
Tries: Mermoz, Wilkinson, Mitchell 2, Wulf, Giteau, D Smith, Noirot, Bastareaud
Con: Wilkinson 8
Red card: Jenneker (37 mins)
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 David Smith, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Virgile Bruni, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Xavier Chiocci.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Noirot, 17 Emmanuel Felsina, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Pierrick Gunther, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Rudi Wulf, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Martin Castrogiovanni.
Oyonnax: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Roimata Hansell, 11 Samuela Wara, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Agustin Figuerola, 8 Viliami Maafu, 7 Christophe Andre, 6 Scott Newlands, 5 Damian Browne, 4 Miroslav Nemecek, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit.
Replacements: 16 Neil Clark, 17 Clement Baiocco, 18 Damien Lagrange, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Fabien Cibray, 21 Regis Lespinas, 22 Pierre Aguillon, 23 Lukas Rapant.
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Stade Toulousain 37-9 USA Perpignan
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse
Toulouse ran out comfortable 30-9 victors at home to Perpignan, scoring five tries and earning a bonus point