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Top 14 Wrap: Castres beat Biarritz

15th September 2012 19:38


Castres prop Karena Wihongi C v Biarritz scrum

Scrum battle in Castres: Karena Wihongi

The Top 14 standings were given a major shake-up on Saturday as Biarritz and Toulouse both lost, allowing Clermont to climb into second place.

Biarritz's four-game winning streak came to an end in Castres meaning Toulon are now four points clear at the top of the table.

Clermont needed a late try from Naipolioni Nalaga to beat Mont-de-Marsan, who are still without a point.

The big winners of the day were Racing, who claimed a crucial win on the road in Bayonne to break into the top half of the standings.

Agen bagged their first win of the season against Grenoble, who continue to surprise after claiming a losing bonus point.

In the Saturday's late game, Stade Français were sent back to the capital empty handed by Bordeaux-Bègles.

Earlier in the day, Perpignan thumped defending champions Toulouse in Barcelona.


Montpellier 25-32 Toulon - match report here
Perpignan v Toulouse - match report here
Agen 32-26 Grenoble
Bayonne 18-25 Racing Métro
Castres 28-13 Biarritz
Mont-de-Marsan 6-14 Clermont
Bordeaux-Bègles 30-22 Stade Français

Aviron Bayonnais 18-25 Racing-Métro 92
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

After being denied at the death in Clermont last week, Racing finally got their away victory on Saturday but they left it very late.

Bayonne led 15-12 at half time as the opposing place-kickers traded three-pointers.

After the scores were locked at 15-all on the hour mark, South African lock Francois Van der merwe crashed over the 12 minutes left to play to secure victory for les Franciliens.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Pens: Potgeiter 5, Boyet

For Racing-Métro:
Try: Van der Merwe
Con: Germain
Pens: Germain 6

Yellow cards: Brugnaut (Racing - 18th min- high tackle); Ahoateiloa (Bayonne - 58th min - ruck infringements)

Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Sam Gerber, 13 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Jacques Louis Potgeiter, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Julien Puricelli , 7 Mark Chisholm, 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Renaud Boyoud, 2 David Roumieu , 1 Aretz Iguiniz,
Replacements: 16 Gregory Arganese, 17 Vitolio Manukula, 18 Dwayne Haare, 19 Marc Baget, 20 Cedric Garcia, 21 Benjamin Boyet , 22 Cedric Heymans, 23 Pierre Lafond

Racing-Métro: 15 Gaetan Germain 14 Virimi Vakatawa 13 Henry Chavancy 12 Guillaume Bousses 11 Julien Jane 10 Mathieu Belie 9 Maxime Machenaud 8 Masinivanua Matadigo 7 Bernard Le roux 6 Camille Gerondeau 5 Karim Ghezal 4 Santiago Dellape 3 Salemane Sa 2 Dimitri Szarzewski 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Noirot 17 Eddy Ben arous 18 Francois Van der merwe 19 Jone Qovu, 20 Mirco Bergamasco 21 Fabrice Estebanez 22 Antoine Battut 23 Luc Ducalcon

Stade Montois 6-14 ASM Clermont Auvergne
Stade Guy Boniface, Mont-de-Marsan

It wasn't pretty but Clermont got the job done in the end to deny Mont-de-Marsan their first points of the season.

It was all square at 3-3 at half time and 6-6 going into the final ten minutes.

But Naipolioni Nalaga got Clermont out of jail with a try three minutes from time after Benson Stanely and broken through the home defence.

The scorers:

For Mont-de-Marsan:
Pens: Claverie 2

For Clermont:
Try: Nalaga
Pens: Radosavljevic , James
Drop: Skrela

Mont-de-Marsan:15 Simon Lucu, 14 Martin Jagr, 13 Baptiste Chedal, 12 Daniele Baleinadogo, 11 Jean baptiste Dubie, 10 Jean baptiste Claverie, 9 Arnaud Pic, 8 Haisini Taulanga , 7 Sebastian De chaves, 6 Julien Tastet, 5 Berend Botha, 4 Scott Murray, 3 Sebastien Ormaechea, 2 Thomas Bordes , 1 Alexandre Menini,
Replacements: 16 Pieter Grobler, 17 Julian Fiorini, 18 Philipus Liebenberg, 19 Alexandre Ricaud, 20 Julien Cabannes, 21 William Ryder , 22 Yohann Durquet, 23 Tevita Mailau,

Clermont:15 Lee Byrne, 14 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Regan King, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 David Skrela, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Elvis Vermeulen, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Benoit Cabello, 1 Raphael Chaume.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo 17 Thomas Domingo 18 Loic Jacquet 19 Viktor Kolelishvili 20 Morgan Parra 21 Brock James 22 Benson Stanley 23 Davit Zirakashvili

Castres Olympique 28-13 Biarritz Olympique
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Biarritz were fianlly brought back down to earth.

South African scrum-half Rory Kockott came off the bench to star for Castres, finishing with 16 points from a converted try and three penalties.

Biarritz led 13-12 at half time thanks to an early try from fly-half Julien Peyrelongue

The complexion of the game changed totally after the interval as CO upped the tempo and Biarritz were unable to keep up with given away penalties and yellow cards.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Try: Kockott
Con: Kockott
Pens: Teulet 4, Kockott 3

For Biarritz:
Try: Peyrelongue
Con: Peyrelongue
Pens: Peyrelongue, Baby

Yellow cards: Lauret (Biarritz - 45th min - ruck infringements); Barcella (Biarritz - 54th min - professional foul); Kockott (Castres - 76th min - offside); Taumeopeau (Castres - 77th min - scrum infringements)

Castres:15 Brice Dulin, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Maxwell Evans, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Romain Teulet, 8 Antonie Claassen , 7 Yannick Caballero, 6 Jan de bruin Bornman, 5 Iosefa Tekori, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Mathieu Bonello , 1 Yannick Forestier,
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Piula Faasalele, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Pierre Bernard , 22 Romain Martial, 23 Michael Coetzee

Biarritz:15 Iain Balshaw, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Dane Haylett petty, 12 Damien Traille, 11 Benoit Baby, 10 Julien Peyrelongue, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Raphael Lakafia, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Magnus Lund, 5 Pelu ian Taele, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Jean philippe Genevois, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Benoit August, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Jerome Thion, 19 Benoit Guyot, 20 Jean pascal Barraque, 21 Seremaia nakala Burotu, 22 Aled Brew, 23 Benedict Broster.

SU Agen 32-26 FC Grenoble
Stade Armandie, Agen

Agen finally get their first win of the season but it was close-run affair with Grenoble hanging on gamely.

Agen led 23-13 at half time but 23-23 after 53 minutes!

But the hosts could count on the reliable boot of Conrad Barnard, who came to the party with another 100 percent effort.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Vaka 2
Cons: Barnard 2
Pens: Barnard 5
Drop: Barnard

For Grenoble:
Tries: Coetzee, Vanderglas
Cons: Stewart 2
Pens: Stewart 2, Courrent 2

Yellow cards: Lozada (Agen - 62nd min - punch); Nomo (Agen - 68th min); Edwards (Grenoble - 68th min)

Agen:15 Silvere Tian, 14 Saimoni Vaka, 13 Jamie peter Robinson, 12 Senio junior Pelesasa, 11 Romain Edmond samuel, 10 Conrad Barnard,9 Mathieu Loree, 8 Remi Vaquin , 7 Ueleni Fono, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Esteban Lozada, 3 Jonathan Garcia, 2 Jalil Narjissi , 1 Bernard N nomo,
Replacements: 16 Semisi Telefoni, 17 Laurent Cabarry, 18 William Demotte, 19 Marc Giraud, 20 Alexi Bales, 21 Vincent Roux , 22 Gregory Goosen, 23 Johnson Falefa

Grenoble:15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Viliame Waqaseduadua, 13 Rudolf Coetzee, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Ronald Cooke, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 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 Rida Jaouher, 21 Fabien Gengenbacher, 22 Valentin Courrent, 23 Karim Kouider.

Union Bordeaux-Bègles 30-22 Stade Français Paris
Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

It's clear: Stade Français are no good outside of the capital.

Bordeaux-Bègles led 12-9 at half time before pulling clear in the second half.

A late consolation try from Paul Williams gave the Parisians a whiff of a losing bonus point but a last-minute penalty from UBB ensured they leapfrogged above their visitors, whop are now a lowly 12th in the standings.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Adams, Le Bourhis
Con: Lopez
Pens: Lopez 4, Saubusse
Drop: Lopez

For Stade Français:
Try: Williams
Con: Porical
Pens: Porical 5

Bordeaux-Bègles: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 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Justin Purll, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Cameron Treloar, 3 Albert Toetu, 2 Wayne Avei , 1 Hikairo Forbes,
Replacements: 16 Fabien Rofes, 17 Franck Labbe, 18 Francois Tisseau, 19 Louis benoit Madaule, 20 Rohan Kitshoff, 21 Emmanuel Saubusse , 22 Charles Brousse, 23 Jefferson Poirot

Stade Français:15 Jerome Porical, 14 Waisea Vuidravuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Morgan Turinui, 11 Julien Arias, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Scott Lavalla, 6 David Lyons, 5 Anton Van Zyl, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Aled De Malmanche.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils 17 David Attoub 18 Pascal Pape 19 Antoine Burban 20 Nicolas Bezy 21 Hugo Bonneval 22 Paul Williams 23 Stanley Wright

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