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Top 14 wrap: Four-try Toulon

02nd January 2011 15:54

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Two tries: Rudi Wulf

A brace of tries from Rudi Wulf helped Toulon to a come-from-behind victory against Biarritz while Clermont, Agen, Perpignan and Racing-Metro won.

Philippe Saint-Andre's side were trailing at Stade Felix-Mayol but managed to pull off a much-needed Top 14 victory that sees them climb.

Perpignan did just enough to overcome Brive while there was a priceless success for Agen as they defeated a play-off hunting Bayonne outfit.

In the late games, Stade Français were held to a 26-all draw against La Rochelle while Racing beat 28-16 and Toulouse edged Castres 23-16.

Results:

Agen 21-3 Bayonne
Clermont 34-9 Bourgoin
Perpignan 23-16 Brive
Toulon 38-26 Biarritz
La Rochelle 26-26 Stade Français
Racing Métro 92 28-16 Montpellier
Toulouse 23-16 Castres

Standings:

1. Toulouse 51
2. Montpellier 45
3. Racing Metro Paris 45
4. Clermont Auvergne 43
5. Castres 40
6. Toulon 40
7. Biarritz 39
8. Bayonne 36
9. Stade Francais 35
10. Perpignan 33
11. Agen 24
12. Brive 22
13. La Rochelle 21
14. Bourgoin 10

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Reports:

SU Agen 21-3 Aviron Bayonnais
Stade Armandie, Agen

Agen recorded an impressive 21-3 victory over their bigger-named visitors in a result that gives them a little breathing space at the bottom of the Top 14 standings.

But they had to wait until 73rd minute to be sure of the points when Romain Edmond Samuel crossed to leave Bayonne having to travel home with nothing at Stade Armandie.

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ASM Clermont Auvergne 34-9 CS Bourgoin-Jallieu
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont Ferrand

Lying in sixth position before Sunday's kick-off, Clermont knew that a maximum was a must.

And that was what they got thanks to well-taken scores from loosehead prop Thomas Domingo, number eight Sione Lauaki, centre Gavin Williams and winger Julien Malzieu.

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USA Perpignan 23-16 CA Brive Corrèze
Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan

Perpignan won the battle between ninth and tenth as scores from Damien Chouly and Julien Candelon - and the kicking of Nicolas Laharrague and Jerome Porical - kept the Catalans within touching distance of the top four. Brive at least left with a losing bonus.

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RC Toulon 38-26 Biarritz Olympique
Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon

There was a bonus-point win for Jonny Wilkinson and company against BO as Rudi Wulf's brace, along with a try apiece from Jeremy Sinzelle and Gabirieli Lovobalavu saw them win.

Biarritz's two tries came via England's Iain Balshaw and America's Takudzwa Ngwenya.

Toulon were trailing 14-16 at the break after Balshaw touched down for Biarritz after five minutes, but the hosts came back with four tries including two from New Zealand winger Wulf (36, 65), Sinzelle (46) and Lovobalavu (75). Wilkinson kicked 18 points.

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Stade Rochelais Atlantique 26-26 Stade Français
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

In a shock result, La Rochelle produced an impressive performance to hold the Paris giants 26-26. Two tries from Thomas Soucaze and sixteen points via the boot of full-back Benjamin Dambielle almost brought victory but a drop from Lionel Beauxis saved Stade's blushes.

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Racing-Métro 28-16 Montpellier HR
Stade Yves Du Manoir - Colombes (Paris)

Tries from Fijian winger Albert VuliVuli (38), Mirco Bergamasco (41) and Sireli Bobo (48) and 13 points off the boot of Jonathan Wisniewski allowed Racing avenge their 19-36 defeat at Montpellier and make up for their 6-6 draw against Brive on Wednesday.

The Parisians moved level on points with their second-placed opponents. Racing host Toulon next week!

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Stade Toulousain 23-16 Castres Olympique
Stadium de Toulouse

In the day's final fixture, the reigning Heineken Cup champions were made to work hard for their four points as last season's surprise package once again showed that they are no mugs. Castres were in fact leading 16-13 in the final quarter but a try from the influential Thierry Dusautoir saw the Top 14 leaders prevail, extending their league lead to six points.

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