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Top 14 wrap: Grenoble stun Toulouse

22nd December 2012 15:58

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Causing an upset: Grenoble

Grenoble compounded Toulouse to back-to-back defeats in the space of seven days after they beat the French giants 15-6 at Stade Lesdiguières.

In other results this Saturday, there was a clean sweep of home wins as Stade Francais, Castres, Bayonne and Perpignan all claimed victories.

France's late fixture saw Toulon edge Agen 15-9.

Results:

Friday
Bordeaux-Begles 24-28 Clermont Auvergne

Saturday
Grenoble 15-6 Toulouse
Stade Francais 36-23 Biarritz
Bayonne 39-13 Mont de Marsan
Castres 31-10 Racing Metro
Perpignan 30-19 Montpellier
Agen 9-15 Toulon


Grenoble 15-6 Toulouse
Stade Lesdiguières, Grenoble

No tries were scored in the opening game of the day as five penalties from Valentin Courrent saw him come back to haunt his former side as they beat Toulouse 15-6.

The former Toulouse scrum-half was on target with three shots at goal in the first-half to Nicolas Bézy's two before two more from Courrent sealed the points for the home side.

Referee: Cyril Lafon
Assistant referees: Salem Attalah, René Bordeneuve
Television match official: Philippe Bonhoure


Stade Francais 36-23 Biarritz
Stade Charlety

A try apiece from Paul Sackey and Francis Fainifo along with points from the boot of Jerome Porical, Julian Dupuy and Jules Plisson saw the Parisians seal a fine win at Stade Charlety.

Biarritz's points came from Taku Ngwenya and Jean-Pascal Barraque, whose tries were back up by ten points from Dimitri Yachvili and a late conversion from Julian Peyrelongue.

Victory sees Stade Francais move level on points with BO.

Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Adrien Descottes, Benoît Escoubet


Bayonne 39-13 Mont de Marsan
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

It was a five-star performance from Bayonne as they demolished basement side Mont-de-Marsan on Saturday, with tries coming from Scott Spedding, Manu Ahotaeiloa, Guillaume Bernad, Mike Phillips and Sam Gerber. Benjamin Boyet kicked the remaining 14 points.

The win lifts the hosts above Racing-Metro and up to ninth position in the standings.

Referee: Jean-Luc Rebollal
Assistant referees: Laurent Millotte, Sébastien Hebert
Television match official: Hervé Dubes


Castres 31-10 Racing Metro
Stade Pierre Antoine

Seremaia Bai and Romain Martial both claimed a brace of tries as Castres followed up their back-to-back Heineken Cup wins over Glasgow with a Top 14 success over Racing-Metro.

In a one-sided spectacle, the visitors could only manage a penalty try and Gaëtan Germain's five kicked points in a result that sees Castres now move level with third-place Toulouse.

Referee: Sébastien Clouté
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini, Christophe Clavere
Television match official: Jean-Marie Piraveau


Perpignan 30-19 Montpellier
Stade Aimé Giral

Perpignan gave their play-off hopes a huge shot in the arm after overcoming Montpellier in a showing that saw Wales international James Hook score 20 points for the Catalan side.

Home tries were scored by Florian Cazenave and Sébastien Taofifenua while Montpol responded with a Juan Figallo score and 14 points from the boot of Benoît Paillaugue.

Referee: Christophe Berdos
Assistant referees: Jean-Pierre Matheu, Dominique Parrini
Television match official: Laurent Valin


Agen 9-15 Toulon
Stade Armandie, Agen

Jonny Wilkinson slotted all of his side's points via four penalties and a drop-goal as high-flying Toulon recorded their eleventh success of the Top 14 season at Stade Armandie.

With Toulouse having lost to Grenoble at Stade Lesdiguières earlier in the day, this result extends Toulon's lead at the top to seven points as they continue their fine start to 2012/13.

Referee: Cédric Marchat
Assistant referees: Christophe Mallet, Thierry Le Grand
Television match official: Eric Gonthier

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