Top 14 wrap: Toulon rout Grenoble

Date published: October 29 2016

There were home wins for Montpellier, Stade Francais and Toulon, while Toulouse and Racing 92 scored vital away victories in Saturday's Top 14 action.



Pau 20-24 Toulouse
Stade Français 25-19 Lyon
Montpellier 12-11 La Rochelle
Toulon 42-12 Grenoble
Bayonne 3-16 Racing 92


Castres v Bordeaux-Bègles
Brive v Clermont

Pau 20-24 Toulouse
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Toulouse kicked off Round 9's Top 14 action with a victory on the road as they edged out Pau in a close-fought result at Stade du Hameau.

The visitors were leading for the first 28 minutes thanks to Jean-Marc Doussain's boot but when Daniel Ramsay crossed, Pau went ahead.

Pau full-back Tom Taylor converted his lock's try to make it 9-10, but Toulouse hit back before the break via a Doussain drop-goal and then hooker Julien Marchand crossed a minute before half-time to push the visitors into a healthy 17-10 advantage going into the dressing rooms.

Pau crucially struck first after the interval when wing Watisoni Votu went over, with Taylor's extras levelling matters at Stade du Hameau.

Taylor's boot pushed Pau 17-20 in front but Toulouse would then cross through powerful second-row Joe Tekori on 67 minutes which made it 24-20 and that was how the scores remained until Thomas Charabas's final whistle

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Ramsay, Votu
Cons: Taylor 2
Pens: Taylor 2

For Toulouse:
Tries: Marchand, Tekori
Con: Doussain
Pens: Doussain 3
Drop-Goal: Doussain

Pau: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Daniel Ramsay, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Geoffrey Moise
Replacements: 16 Lucas Rey, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Giovanni Kufner, 20 Pierrick Gunther, 21 Thibault Daubagna, 22 Charly Malié, 23 Joel Sclavi

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Samuel Marques, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Tala Gray, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Grégory Lamboley, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 François Cros, 20 Sébastien Bézy, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Semi Kunatani, 23 Maks van Dyk

Referee: Thomas Charabas

Stade Français 25-19 Lyon
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris

Waisea Nayacalevu opened the scoring for the home side as early as the third minute for a 7-0 lead. Penalties from Delon Armitage and Mike Harris brought Lyon within four.

Two penalties from Morne Steyn gave Stade a bit of a cushion but Baptiste Couilloud scored a try for a slight 16-13 deficit at half time.

Steyn and Jules Plisson added four penalties between them in the second half, countered by two from Harris but it wasn't enough to overhaul Stade Francais.

The scorers:

For Stade Francais:
Cons: Steyn
Pens: Steyn 4, Plisson 2

For Lyon:
Cons: Harris
Pens: Armitage, Harris 3

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea, 13 Paul Williams, 12 Théo Millet, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Raphaël Lakafia, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempéré, 1 Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Rémi Bonfils, 17 Emmanuel Felsina, 18 Alexandre Flanquart, 19 Sylvain Nicolas, 20 Arthur Coville, 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Jonathan Danty, 23 Zak Taulafo

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Théo Belan, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Henry Clunies-Ross, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Taiasina Tuifua, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Félix Lambey, 19 Deon Fourie, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Thibaut Regard, 23 David Attoub

Referee: Cédric Marchat

Montpellier 12-11 La Rochelle
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

La Rochelle drew first blood when New Zealand born player Uini Atonio crashed over for his side. The try remained unconverted but was enough to get the visitors off to a good start. 

The hosts struck back quickly though after a penalty in the tenth minute from former Springbok Frans Steyn. Steyn then put his side into the lead with another penalty in the 19th minute.

Montpellier's lead was short lived though as La Rochelle then scored a penalty of their own through fly-half Brock James. 

The half ended 11-9 to the visitors in a closely contested, yet fairly dull first half. 

The second half was another hotly contested half with neither side scoring any points in the second half, with La Rochelle displaying a tight defensive effort to keep their away lead. 

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Pens: Steyn 3, Botica

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Atonio
Pens: James 2

Montpellier: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Marvin O’Connor, 13 Vincent Martin, 12 Joe Tomane, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 François Steyn, 9 Nic White, 8 Akapusi Qera, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Jacques du Plessis, 4 Konstantin Mikautadze, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Grégory Fichten, 18 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 19 Kélian Galletier, 20 Tomas O’Leary, 21 Ben Botica, 22 Jesse Mogg, 23 Gagi Bazadze

La Rochelle: 15 Charles Bouldoire, 14 Kini Murimurivalu, 13 Zack Holmes, 12 Levani Botia, 11 Steeve Barry, 10 Brock James, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Victori Vito, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Jason Eaton, 5 Jone Qovu, 4 Romana Graham, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hika Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Jérémie Maurouard, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Leandro Cedaro, 19 Afa Amosa, 20 Arthur Retière, 21 Elliot Roudil, 22 Vincent Rattez, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi

Referee: Maxime Chalon

Toulon 42-12 Grenoble
Stade Félix Mayol, Toulon

Mike Ford's first game as new head coach of Toulon got off to a promising start as the hosts raced to a 20-5 half-time lead, thanks to tries from Mathieu Bastareaud and Mamuka Gorgodze as well as a penalty try.

Grenoble's only response was a try from Eddy Saiwalau.

Another penalty try in the second half followed by tries from Jocelino Suta and Axel Muller sealed the result for Toulon to give Ford a winning start to his tenure. Gio Aplon responded with a try for the visitors, but his score 12 minutes from time made no difference to the outcome of the game.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Bastareaud, Gorgodze, Suta, Muler, Penalty Try 2
Cons: Trinh-Duc 2, Bernard
Pens: Trinh-Duc 2

For Grenoble:
Tries: Sawailau, Aplon
Con: Wisniewski

Toulon: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Axel Muller, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juán Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Charles Ollivon, 5 Samu Manoa, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Laurent Delboulbès, 18 Jocelino Suta, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Maxime Mermoz, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 23 Marcel van der Merwe

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Eddy Saiwalau, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Xavier Mignot, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 David Mélé, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Roussouw de Klerk, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Rory Grice, 20 Dylan Hayes, 21 Lilian Saseras, 22 Jonathan Wisniewski, 23 Dayna Edwards

Referee: Pierre Brousset

Bayonne 3-16 Racing 92
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Juan Imhoff scored the only try of the game late in the second half to seal a 16-3 victory for Racing 92 over Bayonne on Saturday.

The first points of the match came in the 26th minute when Willie du Plessis slotted a penalty for the home side to get the game going. Unfortunately for Bayonne it was the only points they managed throughout the entire game.

Maxime Machenaud was successful with two penalties in the next 10 minutes which gave Racing a slender lead going into the break. Machenaud added a third penalty early in the second half to give his side a 9-3 lead, before Juan Imhoff scored in the 70th minute to seal a big away win for Racing against the bottom dwellers of the Top 14.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Pen: Du Plessis

For Racing 92:
Try: Imhoff
Con: Machenaud
Pens: Machenaud 3

Bayonne: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Félix le Bourhis, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Ryan Tongia, 10 Raphaël Lagarde, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 PJ van Lill, 7 Bastien Chouzenoux, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Aretz Iguiniz
Replacements: 16 Grégory Arganèse, 17 Davit Khinchagashvili, 18 Pablo Huete, 19 Johnnie Beattie, 20 Emmanuel Saubusse, 21 Martin Laveau, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Richard Choirat

Racing 92: 15 Johannes Goosen, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavake, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Thibault Dubarry, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 François van der Merwe, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Manuel Carizza, 19 Yannick Nyanga, 20 James Hart, 21 Albert Vulivuli, 22 Brice Dulin, 23 Luc Ducalcon

Referee: Romain Poite