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Top 14 wrap: Toulon charge into lead

08th September 2012 19:37


Frederic Michalak Top 14 Toulon vs Bordeaux

Fred Michalak: First home game for Toulon

Toulon stormed to the summit of the Top 14 standings on Saturday after a bonus-point win over Bordeaux-Bègles on a day characterised by massive home wins.

Perpignan got their first win of the season at home to Bayonne on Saturday while Toulouse ran eight tries past Agen.

Stade Français needed a late try to scrape a draw at home to Castres while Grenoble smashed Mont-de-Marsan.

Earlier in the day, Biarritz continued their undefeated start to the season with victory over Montpellier.

Biarritz 27-8 Montpellier - Match report here
Grenoble 52-7 Mont-de-Marsan
Stade Français 20-20 Castres
Perpignan 18-13 Bayonne
Toulouse 62-13 Agen
Toulon 42-12 Bordeaux-Bègles

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USA Perpignan 18-13 Aviron Bayonnais
Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan

The relief was palpable on the Catalan coast as USAP , who led from start to finish, finally get a win under the belt.

The only five-pointer of the day came via the ref giving Bayonne a penalty try as the home scrum - decimated by injuries - buckled.

The visitors' indisciplined was punish by James Hook however, with his six penalties enough to secure the spoils.

The scorers:

For Perpignan:
Pens: Hook 6

For Bayonne:
Tries: Penalty try
Cons: Boyet
Pens: Boyet 2

Yellow cards: Phillips (Bayonne - 32nd min - foul play); Bernad (Bayonne - 38th min)

Perpignan: 15 Gavin Hume , 14 Adrien Plante , 13 David Marty, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 James Hook, 9 Florian Cazenave , 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Daniel Leo, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Robins Tchale watchou, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Jeremy Castex, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements:16 Romain Terrain, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Romain Taofifenua, 19 Bertrand Guiry , 20 David Mele, 21 Sione Piukala, 22 Richard Haughton, 23 Christophe David

Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding 14 Sam Gerber 13 Manu Ahotaeiloa 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu 11 Bastien Fuster 10 Benjamin Boyet 9 Mike Phillips 8 Dwayne Haare 7 Jean joseph Marmouyet 6 Guillaume Bernad 5 Mark david Chisholm 4 Robin Linde 3 Nemiah stanley Tialata 2 David Roumieu 1 Vitolio Manukula.
Replacements: 16 Gregory Arganese 17 Aretz Iguiniz 18 Abdellatif Boutaty 19 Marc Baget 20 Cedric Garcia 21 Jacques-Louis Potgeiter 22 Lionel Mazars 23 Renaud Boyoud

Stade Toulousain 62-13 SU Agen
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Les Toulousains finally hit their straps in an impressive display based around a dominant scrum and a masterclass of attacking play and goal-kicking from Luke McAlister.

Eight tries in total including two for Vincent Clerc and one for Mr Monster, Edwin Maka.

Toulouse climb into the leading trio while Agen are still searching for their first win of the season.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Tries: Galan, Clerc 2, Matanavou, Fickou, Picamoles, Maka, Botha
Cons: Mcalister 6, Beauxis 2
Pens: Mcalister 2

For Agen:
Tries: Telefoni, Agulla
Pens: Lamoulie

Yellow cards: Picamoles (Toulouse - 29th min- high tackle); Bastien (Agen - 32nd min - ruck infringements); Apatia ( Agen - 59th min - scrum infringements)

Toulouse: 15 Yoann Huget , 14 Vincent Clerc , 13 Yannick Jauzion, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Timoci Matanavou, 10 Luke Mcalister, 9 Jean Marc Doussain , 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Louis Picamoles, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Romain Millo chlusky, 4 Gregory Lamboley, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Vasil Kakovin.
Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Yoann Maestri, 19 Thierry Dusautoir , 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Clement Poitrenaud, 23 Jean batiste Poux

Agen: 15 Silvere Tian, 14 Belisario Agulla, 13 Vincent Roux, 12 Benjamin Petre, 11 Tagotago, 10 Mathieu Lamoulie, 9 Sylvain Dupuy, 8 Ueleni Fono, 7 Remi Vaquin, 6 Antoine Erbani, 5 William Demotte, 4 Esteban Lozada, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Semisi Telefoni, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Jalil Narjissi, 17 Laurent Cabarry, 18 Leo Bastien, 19 Pierre Julien, 20 Alexi Bales, 21 Senio junior Pelesasa, 22 Jamie peter Robinson, 23 Viliamu Afatia,

Stade Français Paris 20-20 Castres Olympique
Stade Charléty, Paris

Things are not right in Paris. Stade Français needed a 75th minute try from Geoffrey Doumayrou (after a pass from Sergio Parisse) to snatch a draw at home.

The hosts led 9-6 at half time but found themselves in trouble when Castres centre Romain Cabannes scored just before the hour mark.

Felipe Contepomi attempted a last-minuted drop to win it - after Paul Warwick was forced off injured - but the Argentine's effort was just wide.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Cons: Dupuy
Pens: Dupuy 4

For Castres:
Tries: Cabannes
Pens: Kockott 4
Drop: Tales

Yellow cards: Bornman (Castres - 67th min - high tackle)

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval , 14 Paul Sackey , 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Julien Arias, 10 Paul Warwick, 9 Julien Dupuy , 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 David Lyons, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 David Attoub, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Stanley Wright.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Anton Van zyl, 19 Scott Lavalla , 20 Jerome Fillol, 21 Felipe Contepomi, 22 Jerome Porical, 23 Aled De malmanche.

Castres: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Max Evans, 11 Marcel Garvey, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Caballero, 6 Jan Bornman, 5 Iosefa Tekori, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Michael Coetzee, 2 Marc antoine Rallier, 1 Mihaita Lazar.
Replacements: 16 Mathieu Bonello, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Matthias Rolland, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Romain Teulet, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Paul Bonnefond, 23 Karena Wihongi,

FC Grenoble 52-7 Stade Montois
Stade Lesdiguières, Grenoble

Now with three wins from four starts, Grenoble provisionally climb to an unbelievable third in the standings after a festival of tries on home solid.

Mont-de-Marsan were struggling from kick-off and trailed 31-7 at the break. Three yellow cards and a red didn't help the visitors cause either as they found themselves down to 13 men on two occasions.

Still without a single point after four games, relegation beckons already for les Montois.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Tries: Bouchet, Pelissié, Bouchet, Hunt 2, Tuculet, Buckle
Cons: Courrent 7
Pens: Courrent

For Mont-de-Marsan:
Try: Farre
Con: Duvallet
Yellow cards: Ricaud (26th min -high tackle); Magnaval (31st min - tackle without ball); Chedal (74th min)
Red card: Caudullo (59th min - punching)

Grenoble: 15 Joaquin Tuculet , 14 Lucas Dupont , 13 Rida Jaouher, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Ronald Cooke, 10 Jonathan Pelissie 9 Valentin Courrent , 8 Richard Sowerby, 7 Jonathan Best, 6 Roland Bernard, 5 Naude Beukes, 4 Benjamin Hand, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Kenan Mutapcic.
Replacements: 16 Romain David, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Cyril Veyret, 19 Henry Vanderglas , 20 Fabien Gengenbacher, 21 Rudolf Coetzee, 22 Clement Darbo, 23 Karim Kouider.Mont-de-Marsan: 15 Yohann Durquet 14 Nicholas Price 13 Baptiste Chedal 12 Daniele Baleinadogo 11 Julien Cabannes 10 Thibault Duvallet 9 Laurent Magnaval 8 Alexandre Ricaud 7 Haisini Taulanga 6 Vincent Farre 5 Philipus Liebenberg 4 Scott Murray 3 Tevita Mailau 2 Pieter Grobler 1 Pierre Correia.
Replacements:16 Joan Caudullo 17 Julian Fiorini 18 Berend Botha 19 Julien Tastet 20 Arnaud Pic 21 Jean baptiste Claverie 22 Jean baptiste Dubie 23 Sebastien Ormaechea

Rugby Club Toulonnais 42-12 Union Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon

Toulon are now one point clear at the top of the standings thanks to their fourth straight win which included five tries and a bonus point.

Jonny Wilkinson lasted just twenty minutes after taking a blow to the head but Fred Michalak came on to steer the ship and keep the scoreboard ticking.

The hosts only led 13-6 at the break but a yellow card on the stroke of half-time signalled the beginning of the end for UBB.

Four second-half tries for RCT, including a double for Maxime Mermoz, ensured a full house of points as Toulon made sure their fans were not disappointed with their first game on home soil.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Smith, D. Armitage, Mermoz 2, Bastareaud
Cons: Wilkinson, Michalak 3
Pens: Michalak 3

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Pens: Saubusse 4

Yellow cards: Florea (UBB - 40th min - scrum infringements)

Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage , 14 Vincent Martin , 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Matthew Giteau, 11 David Smith, 10 Jonathan Wilkinson, 9 Nicolas Durand , 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Joe van Niekerk, 6 Pierrick Gunther, 5 Jocelino Suta, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Jean charles Orioli, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Steffon Armitage , 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Benjamin Lapeyre, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Carl Hayman.

Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 14 Thierry Brana, 13 Felix Le bourhis, 12 Charles Brousse, 11 Darly Domvo, 10 Lachie Munro, 9 Emmanuel Saubusse, 8 Damien Larrieu, 7 Louis benoit Madaule, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Cameron Treloar, 3 Silviu Florea, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Franck Labbe.
Replacements: 16 Fabien Rofes, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Karolis Navickas, 19 Sisaro Koyamaibole, 20 Hugh Chalmers, 21 Julien Seron, 22 Michel Denetre, 23 Albert Toetu.

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