Top 14 wrap: Toulon and Clermont win

Date published: March 7 2013

Clermont notched up a crucial try bonus-point with their 37-10 victory over Stade Français before Toulon defeated Toulouse 35-16.

Clermont notched up a try bonus-point with their 37-10 win over Stade Français while Toulon beat Toulouse 35-16.

14th placed Bordeaux hammered 13th placed Agen 48-17 to swap places in the table, running in six tries at Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas.

Racing Métro proved to be easy winners over Grenoble in Paris, with Juan Imhoff scoring two.

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Stade Français 10-37 Clermont
Bordeaux 48-17 Agen
Racing Métro 23-3 Grenoble
Castres 26-20 Montpellier
Mont-de-Marsan 17-31 Perpignan
Toulon 35-16 Toulouse

Stade Français 10-37 Clermont

Clermont's victory increased their points tally to 69 and temporarily moved them above Toulon into first place in the league table.

The 2011 champions opened the scoring after just three minutes thanks to a try from captain Aurélien Rougerie, who capitalised on a fine break from Wales full-back Lee Byrne. Jamie Cudmore then increased the lead by powering over the last defender to give Clermont a 17-0 lead after 14 minutes.

Former All Black winger Sitiveni Sivivatu then got in on the action after more good work from Rougerie, with the former France international luring in Francis Fainifo for Sivivatu to finish, leaving Clermont with a healthy 24-3 lead by half-time.

Martin Rodriguez grabbed a score back for the hosts after two penalties from Morgan Parra stretched Clermont's lead, before a brilliant run from Naipolioni Nalaga through three tacklers clinched the crucial bonus point.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Try: Rodriguez
Con: Dupuy
Pen: Dupuy

For Clermont:
Tries: Rougerie, Cudmore, Sivivatu, Nalaga
Cons: Parra 3, James
Pens: Parra 3

Stade Francais: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Vuidravuwalu, 13 Paul Williams, 12 Morgan Turinui, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Paul Warwick, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 David Lyons, 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 Scott Lavalla, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 David Attoub, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Aled De Malmanche.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Olivier Missoup, 20 Jerome Fillol, 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Martin Rodriguez, 23 Stan Wright.

Clermont: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Regan King, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Gerhard Vosloo, 6 Alexandre Lapandry, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Elvis Vermeulen, 20 Kevin Senio, 21 David Skrela, 22 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 23 Clement Ric.

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère

Bordeaux 48-17 Agen
Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas

A rampant Bordeaux crushed visitors Agen on Saturday to move above their rivals at the bottom of the Top 14 into 10th place.

The hosts ran in six tries, including two for hooker Ole Avei, and led comfortably 17-0 at the interval after a fine performance from fly-half Camille Lopez.

Lopez carried on where he left off in the second-half, adding an early drop-goal before Bordeaux ran in two tries in three minutes, including Avei's second.

Ross Skeate grabbed a consolation score for Agen shortly after but from there Bordeaux cantered home, thanks to tries from Rey and Lopez – who finished with 23 points.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux
Tries: Avei 2, Reihana, Le Bourhis, Rey, Lopez
Cons: Lopez 6
Pens: Lopez
Drop-goal: Lopez

For Agen:
Tries: Skeate, Monribot
Cons: Lagarde, Barnard
Pen: Lagarde
Yellow Card: Giraud

Bordeaux: 15 Bruce Reihana, 14 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Justin Purll, 6 Louis Benoit Madaule, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Francois Tisseau, 3 Silviu Florea, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Laurent Delboulbes.
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Cameron Treloar, 19 Hugh Chalmers, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Frederico Nicolas Sanchez, 22 Rafael Carballo, 23 Tamato Leupolu.

Agen: 15 Ben Seymour, 14 Saimoni Vaka, 13 Vincent Roux, 12 Nafitalai Tuitavake, 11 Jean Francois Coux, 10 Raphael Lagarde, 9 Alexi Bales, 8 Ueleni Fono, 7 Marc Giraud, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Lisiate Faaoso, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Bernard Nomo.
Replacements: 16 Semisi Telefoni, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Esteban Lozada, 19 Remi Vaquin, 20 Mathieu Loree, 21 Benjamin Petre, 22 Conrad Barnard, 23 Jonathan Garcia.

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Racing Métro 23-3 Grenoble
Stade Yves Du Manoir (Colombes)

Racing Métro were comfortable winners in their home fixture against Grenoble, thanks to a brace of tries from Argentinian international Juan Imhoff.

Imhoff struck in the 10th and 43rd minute – his second try coming after a fine break from Chavancy, to give the hosts a comfortable 23-0 lead.

Blair Stewart managed to get Grenoble some points on the board with a penalty in the 47th minute on an afternoon to forget for the visitors who remain in eighth place.

The victory for Racing secures their spot in sixth as they remain on 54 points with Montpellier, after their seventh consecutive victory.

The scorers:

For Racing Métro:
Tries: Imhoff 2
Cons: Wisniewski 2
Pens: Wisniewski 3

For Grenoble:
Pens: Stewart

Racing Metro: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Sereli Bobo, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Masinivanua Matadigo, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Francois Van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Fabrice Metz, 19 Camille Gerondeau, 20 Mathieu Belie, 21 Olly Barkley, 22 Benjamin Fall, 23 Salemane Sa.

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Viliame Waqaseduadua, 13 Aaron Bancroft, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Rudolf Coetzee, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Roland Bernard, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Andrew Farley, 4 Benjamin Hand, 3 Albertus Buckle, 2 Vincent Campo Castillo, 1 Romain David.
Replacements: 16 Kenan Mutapcic, 17 Anthony Hegarty, 18 Fabien Alexandre, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Aloisio Butonidualevu, 21 Florian Ninard, 22 Clement Darbo, 23 Dayna Edwards.

Referee: Jean-Pierre Matheu

Castres 26-20 Montpellier
Stade Pierre Antoine