Top 14 Wrap: Key wins for UBB, Castres

Date published: May 28 2016

There were wins for Stade Français, Pau, Bordeaux-Bègles and Castres on Saturday, with the latter two booking a Champions Cup spot.

After Montpellier had beaten Harlequins in the Challenge Cup final, a top seven finish in the Top 14 would secure a place amongst Europe's elite. And Bordeaux's 34-7 victory over Brive was good enough to do just that.

In the other games, Stade Français beat Agen 28-26 while Pau saw off Grenoble 29-12 before Castres edged Oyonnax 25-20 to stay sixth.

There are two games on Sunday as Toulouse host Clermont before Montpellier face off with Toulon.


Bordeaux-Bègles 34-7 Brive
Stade Français 28-26 Agen
Pau 29-12 Grenoble
Oyonnax 20-25 Castres

Toulouse v Clermont
Montpellier v Toulon

Bordeaux-Bègles 34-7 Brive
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

Bordeaux-Bègles picked up a 34-7 bonus-point win over Brive as they kept the pressure on Castres for a place in the top six of the Top 14.

A last-minute Matthew Clarkin effort wrapped up the maximum, adding to Metuisela Talebula, Louis-Benoit Madaule and Nans Ducuing's scores.

UBB had led 17-7 at the break thanks to Talebula and Madaule's tries, with Sevenaia Galala crossing in the final minute of the first-half.

But after the break it was all Bordeaux as they finally wore down Brive, as Ducuing crossed in the 67th minute before Clarkin went over in the dying embers to seal the bonus-point that takes them level with Castres.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Talebula, Madaule, Ducuing, Clarkin
Con: Hickey 3, Clarkin
Pen: Hickey 2

For Brive:
Try: Galala
Con: Germain

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Metuisela Talebula 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Loann Goujon, 6 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Wayne Ole Avei, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Luke Braid, 20 Baptiste Serin, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Blair Connor, 23 Francisco Tomas Gomez Kodela

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Alfi Mafi, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Sevenaia Galala, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisaro Dautu Koyamaibole, 7 Poutasi Vaiofiso Tuasivi Luafutu, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Dominiko Maiwiriwiri Waqaniburotukula, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Jabez Wilhelmus Arnoldus Steenkamp, 19 Arnaud Mela, 20 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 21 Nicolas Bezy, 22 Thomas Laranjeira, 23 Damien Jourdain

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

Stade Français 28-26 Agen
MM Arena, Le Mans

Stade Français' season almost went from bad to worse on Saturday as they went close to losing at home to bottom side Agen.

Only a last-minute Jules Plisson penalty could save them from defeat as the French international stepped up to win the game.

Agen scored four tries to Stade's three as Marc Baget-Rabarou, Tamaz Mchedlidze, Antoine Miquel and Marco Kotze crossed, the latter two efforts coming in the 70th and 73rd minute of the game as the relegated team recovered from being 25-14 down.

But in the end tries from Jeremy Sinzelle and two from Djibril Camara, along with 13 points from Plisson, were enough to win.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Tries: Sinzelle, Camara 2
Con: Plisson 2
Pen: Plisson 3

For Agen:
Tries: Baget-Rabarou, Mchedlidze, Miquel, Kotze
Con: Francis 2, Bouvier

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Jeremy Sinzelle, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Patrick Sio, 7 Mathieu Ugena, 6 Remy Bonfils, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Sakaira Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Hendrik Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Pascal Pape, 19 Sekou Macalou, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Paul Williams, 23 Rabah Slimani

Agen: 15 George Tilsley, 14 Leka Tagotago, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Julien Heriteau, 11 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Paul Abadie, 8 Marc Baget-Rabarou, 7 Antoine Miquel, 6 Marco Kotze, 5 William Demotte, 4 Denis Marchois, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Arsene Nnomo
Replacements: 16 Mike Tadjer, 17 Giorgi Tetrashvili, 18 Jean-Baptiste Roidot, 19 Pio Muarua, 20 Clement Darbo, 21 Francois Bouvier, 22 Valentin Saurs, 23 Dave Ryan

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Pau 29-12 Grenoble
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Pau closed the gap on tenth placed Grenoble to just one point as they picked up a bonus-point 29-12 victory over their visitors.

Two tries from Colin Slade and one from replacement Charly Malie saw off a Grenoble challenge which could only muster four penalty goals, three coming from Gilles Bosch and the other from Christophe Loustalot in a disappointing showing from them.

This was Pau's tenth win of the Top 14 season as they got the job done efficiently with Slade and Conrad Smith in their side.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Slade 2, Malie
Con: Slade
Pen: Marques 3, Slade

For Grenoble:
Pen: Bosch 3, Loustalot

Pau: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Julien Fumat, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mathieu Acebes, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Samuel Marques, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Jean Bouilhou, 6 Patrick Butler, 5 Daniel Ramsay, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Julien Jacquot
Replacements: 16 Mehdi Boundjema, 17 Jeremy Hurou, 18 Abdellatif Boutaty, 19 Sean Dougall, 20 Thierry Lacrampe, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Charly Malie, 23 Matthew Tierney

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Clement Gelin, 11 Daniel Kilioni, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Mathias Marie, 3 Ali Oz, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Walter Desmaison, 18 James Percival, 19 Mahamadou Diaby, 20 Christophe Loustalot, 21 Maritino Nemani, 22 Gio Aplon, 23 Dayna Edwards

Referee: Tual Trainini

Oyonnax 20-25 Castres
Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax

A late try from David Smith helped Castres claim a come-from-behind victory over Oyonnax that keeps them in sixth position.

Trailing 9-17 at the break, the second-half was all about Castres and Rory Kockott's boot before Smith struck on 73 minutes.

Oyonnax had scored tries, through Viliami Ma'afu and Regis Lespinas, as they looked set for only their sixth win of the season.

But Kockott landed three penalties after the break that chipped away at the lead before Smith crossed and Kockott did the rest.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Ma'afu, Lespinas
Con: Robinson 2
Pen: Robinson

For Castres:
Try: Smith
Con: Kockott
Pen: Kockott 6

Oyonnax: 15 Regis Lespinas, 14 Dug Codjo, 13 Guilliaume Bousses, 12 Eamonn Sheridan, 11 Uwanakaro Tawalo, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Julien Blanc, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Pierrick Gunther, 6 Viliami Ma'afu, 5 Geoffrey Fabbri, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Lukas Rapant
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bordes, 17 Soane Tonga'uiha, 18 Leon Power, 19 Nuku Swerling Finaipepe, 20 Shay Kerry, 21 Jimmy Yobo, 22 Alaska Nikolasi Taufa, 23 Giorgi Vepkhvadze

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Julien Caminati, 13 Rudi Wulf, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 David Smith, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Rory Michael Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richard James Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Mathieu Babillot, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Yohan Montes

Referee: Laurent Cardona