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Top 14 wrap: Toulouse hammer Toulon

03rd December 2011 15:07

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Toulouse s Fijian wing Timoci Matanavou

Six tries already this season: Toulouse wing Timoci Matanavou

Toulouse and Clermont opened up a healthy gap at the summit of the Top14 standings on Saturday thanks to wins over Toulon and Castres respectively.

A star-studded encounter at the Stadium de Toulouse turned out to be a rather one-sided affair as Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau and co. were sent home empty handed while the defending champions secured a bonus point.

It was a similar story in Clermont-Ferrand were early-season leaders Castres were outclassed by the home team which featured Sitiveni Sivivatu.

Meanwhile, Stade Français were convincing winners in the Paris derby with Racing Métro in front of over 70 000 fans at the Stade to France.

Saturday results:
Toulouse 33-12 Toulon
Clermont Auvergne 33-16 Castres
Stade Francais 29-3 Racing Metro

Sunday, December 4
Agen vs Bayonne
Lyon vs Perpignan
Biarritz vs Montpellier


Stade Toulousain 33-12 RC Toulon
Stadium de Toulouse

Toulouse's packed municipal stadium saw two star-studded teams face off as Matt Giteau made his first start for Toulon outside Jonny Wilkinson.

But it was the home side that earned the cheers as they ran in three unanswered tries in a dominant display with Luke McAlister, Louise Picamoles and Luke Burgess standing out.

Toulouse were first to cross the white wash at the end of the first quarter when Florian Fritz broke through before finding Picamoles, who put Fijian wing Timoci Matanavou into the corner for his sixth try of the season.

McAlsiter added the extras and then traded penalties with Wilkinson to leave Toulouse 13-12 ahead at half-time.

Two more penalties from McAlister extended the lead and the hosts continued to run the show, despite going a man down when Census Johnston was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.

Toulouse's second try came on the hour mark when Yannick Jauzion chipped over the top for Vincent Clerc to score in the corner.

Toulouse finished the game with 14 men after Jean Bouilhou also saw yellow for repeated infringements at the ruck.

But it didn't stop the hosts from securing the bonus-point for winning by three tries as Luke Burgess intercepted Giteau's pass out wide to ruin his countryman's game by racing home to score.

Toulouse: Poitrenaud - Clerc, Fritz, Jauzion, Matanavou - McAlister, Burgess - Dusautoir, Picamoles, Bouilhou -Maestri, Lamboley - Johnston, Servat, Poux.
Remplacements: Montes, Botha, Falefa, Nicolas, Sowerby, David, Medard, Doussain.

Toulon:Palisson - Loamanu, Lovobalavu, Giteau, Smith - Wilkinson, Tillous-Borde - Armitage, Tawake, Senatore - Chesnez, Samson - Hayman, Genevois, Frou.
Remplacements: Bruno, Emmanueli, Schofield, Gunther, Lapeyre, Bastareaud, Magnaval, Kubriashvili


ASM Clermont Auvergne 33-16 Castres Olympique
Stade Marcel-Michelin

Despite a convincing victory, Clermont were left with a bitter taste after Seremaia Bai grabbed an intercept try in the dying minutes for Castres to deny the hosts a bonus point.

Clermont dominated the first half and led 15-9 at the break thanks to try from Brock James, which he converted himself, while Morgan Parra added three penalties.

The hosts' mistakes allowed Castres to stay in touch though as Pierre Bernard landed three penalties of his own.

But Clermont put the result beyond doubt shortly after the restart when Nathan Hines scored from short range.

Parra collected his own kick ahead for try number three, only to see his good work undone when Bai latched onto replacement scrum-half Ludovic Radosavljevic's loose pass to score Castres' only try with two minutes to play.

Clermont Byrne - Nakaitaci, Rougerie (cap), Fofana, Sivivatu - James, Parra - Lapandry, Vermeulen, Bonnaire - Hines, Pierre - Ric, Kayer, Faure.
Remplacements: Paulo, Debaty, White, Audebert, Radosavljevic, Skrela, King, Kotze.

Castres: Teulet - Martial, M.Evans, Cabannes, P.-G.Lakafia - Bernard , Lacrampe - Bornman, Cabalerro, Diarra - Tekori, Rolland - Ducalcon, Bonello, Peikrishvili.
Remplacements: Rallier, M.Coetzee, Murray, Malonga, Kockott, Talès, Baï, Wihongi


Stade Français 29-3 Racing-Métro 92
Stade de France

Racing have ambitions of becoming the biggest club in the capital but they were made to think again by a new-look Stade Francais side that is starting to gel.

The result sees Stade Francais move level with Racing in fifth place in the standings.

Pumas and Stade fly-half Filipe Contepomi got the better of his compatriot (and former Stade pivot) Juan Martin Hernandez and directed traffic with ease.

Stade Français totally dominated the first half and led 16-0 at the break thanks to try from lock Pascale Papé, a drop from Contepomi and a handful of penalties from Julien Dupuy.

Racing were being outmuscled in contact, were making too many handling erros and offered little resistance as the hosts extended their lead in the second period with Contepomi in fine form with the boot and Jerome Fillol (who left Stade to join Racing only to return this season) adding a late try.

Stade Français: Warwick - Sackey, Williams, Rodriguez, Arias - Contepomi, Dupuy - Rabadan, Parisse (cap), Lyons - Papé, Palmer - Attoub, Szarzewski, Roncero.
Remplacements: de Malmanche, Slimani, Mostert, Burban, Fillol, Turinui, Fainifo, Wright.

Racing-Métro: Wisniewski - Bobo, Chavancy, Vakatawa, Saubade - Hernandez, N.Durand - Le Roux, Chabal, Leo'o - Nallet (cap), Ghezal - Orlandi, Noirot, Tuugahala.
Remplacements: Bianchin, Ben Arous, Qovu, Battut, Descons, Matavesi, Vaquin, Brugnaut

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