Top 14 Wrap: Big wins for Toulon, Castres

Date published: May 21 2016

Toulon and Castres both notched more than 50 points in one-sided victories as six matches took place in the Top 14 on Saturday.


Agen 13-52 Toulon
Castres 67-20 La Rochelle
Racing 92 43-13 Pau
Oyonnax 17-25 Toulouse
Brive 45-24 Grenoble
Montpellier 19-16 UBB

Clermont v Stade Français

Agen 13-52 Toulon
Stade Armandie, Agen

Toulon consolidated their position amongst the tournament's frontrunners when they secured a 52-6 victory over Agen at Stade Armandie, with James O'Connor crossing for four tries.

The Wallaby, scored two tries, either side of half-time, as Toulon outscored their hapless hosts eight tries to zero and the result leaves Agen firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

Agen were competitive during the opening quarter and raced in to a 6-0 lead after François Bouvier and Clément Darbo slotted penalties. But Toulon struck back via O'Connor's first two tries which meant the 26th minute the visitors led 12-6. 

And five minutes before half-time, Quade Cooper also crossed the whitewash which meant Toulon held a 19-6 lead at the break. 

Toulon continued to dominate and shortly after the restart, Charles Ollivon scored his side's fourth try before O'Connor notched his hat-trick in the 56th minute. 

The visitors continued to dominate and further tries from Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, O' Connor and Eric Escande brought up Toulon's half century before Antoine Erbani scored a consolation try for Agen late on.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Con: Francis
Pens: Bouvier, Darbo

For Toulon:
O'Connor 4, Cooper, Ollivon, Fernandez Lobbe, Escande
Cons: Pelissie 5, Escande

Agen: 15 George Tilsley, 14 Leka Tagotago, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Eroni Vasiteri, 11 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 10 François Bouvier, 9 Clément Darbo, 8 Marc Baget-Rabarou, 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Remy Vaquin, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Dave Ryan, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Arsene Nnomo
Replacements: 16 Marc Barthomeuf, 17 Giorgi Tetrashvili, 18 Denis Marchois, 19 Sione Tau, 20 Paul Abadie, 21 Burton Francis,
22 Benoit Sicart, 23 Arthur Joly

Toulon: 15 Quade Cooper, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Jonathan Pélissié, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Konstantin Mikautadze, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Jean Charles Orioli, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Romain Taofifénua, 19 Charles Ollivon, 20 Theo Belan, 21 Frédéric Michalak, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Manasa Saulo

Referee: Cyril Lafon

Castres 67-20 La Rochelle
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres had too much firepower for La Rochelle, running out 67-20 winners, and outscoring their visitors 10 tries to two at Stade Pierre Antoine.

The home side opened the scoring via a Benjamín Urdapilleta penalty in the third minute and extended their lead, 10 minutes later, when Rory Kockott crossed for the opening try.

La Rochelle replied with a penalty from Zack Holmes but they were soon reduced to 14 men when SaofaI Alofa Alofa was yellow-carded in the 28th minute. Castres made their numerical advantage count and soon extended their lead when they were awarded a penalty try.

Things went from bad to worse for La Rochelle when Kini Murimurivalu was also yellow carded in the 39th minute, and, once again, this helped Castres as Geoffrey Palis scored their third try on the stroke of half-time which gave them a 22-3 lead at the interval.

Castres were fastest out of the blocks after the restart and extended their lead when Urdapilleta and Sitiveni Sivivatu crossed for tries in quick succession, shortly after the break, before Afaesetiti Amosa scored the visitors' first five-pointer eight minutes later. But all that good work was undone when Thomas Combezou was also sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

Despite playing with 14 men, La Rochelle added another try, two minutes later, when Pierre Aguillon dotted down but for the next 15 minutes it was all Castres as Piula Faasalele, as Sitiveni Sivivatu and David Smith all crossed the whitewash.

Five minutes later, Brice Mach added the home side's ninth try before Alofa made up for his earlier indiscretion when he scored his team's third try after Julien Dumora was also sin binned.

That wasn't the end though as shortly before the full-time Thomas Combezou scored Castres' 10th try.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Sivivatu 2, Kockott, Penalty Try, Palis, Urdapilleta, Faasalele, Smith, Mach, Combezou
Cons: Urdapilleta 7
Pen: Urdapilleta
Yellow Card: Dumora

For La Rochelle:
Amosa, Aguillon, Alofa
Con: Holmes
Pen: Holmes
Yellow Cards: Alofa, Murimurivalu

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamín Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Mihai Lazar
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Mathieu Babillot, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Rudi Wulf, 23 Eric Sione

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Zack Holmes, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 SaofaI Alofa Alofa, 10 Fabien Fortassin, 9 Enrico Januarie, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Afaesetiti Amosa, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Leandro Luis Cedaro, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Geledan, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Damien Lagrange, 19 Albain Meron, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Ryan Dubois, 22 Ratu Alipate Ratini, 23 Lekso Kaulashvili

Referee: Sébastien Minery

Racing 92 43-13 Pau
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

Racing 92 bounced back from their loss in last weekend's Champions Cup Final when they beat Pau 43-13 on Saturday.

As the scoreline suggests, the home side were in a rampant mood and they outscored their hapless visitors six tries although Pau were competitive early on and Racing held a slender 17-10 lead at half-time.

Tries from Dimitri Szarzewski, Luc Ducalcon, Joe Rokocoko, Manuel Carizza, Marc Andreu and Johannes Goosen for Racing saw them outscore a struggling Pau side.

The visitors try came via right wing Mathieu Acebes with Thibault Daubagna adding a conversion and a penalty.

Racing made a solid start and two first half tries from Dimitri Szarzewski and Luc Ducalcon set up their lead at the break.

Pau never looked like they were going to pull off any remarkable come-back against this talented Racing side.

Two yellow cards for the visitors in quick succession late in the first half, gifted Racing a chance to gain confidence that would later help them to run in five unanswered second half tries.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Szarzewski, Ducalcon, Rokocoko, Carizza, Andreu, Goosen
Cons: Goosen 5
Pens: Goosen
Yellow Card: Dulin

For Pau:
Con: Daubagna
Pens: Daubagna, Marques
Yellow Cards: Hurou, Pierce

Racing 92: 15 Johannes Goosen, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Chris Masoe, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Ross Ami Filipo, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Brice Dulin, 22 Albert James Vulivuli, 23 Ben Tameifuna 

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Mathieu Acebes, 13 Julien Fumat, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Bastien Pourailly, 10 Brandon Fajardo, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Brice Monzeglio, 7 Joseva Ulago Domolailai, 6 Sean Dougall, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Cameron Pierce, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Jeremy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Julien Jacquot, 18 Claude Dry, 19 Giovanni Kueffner, 20 Samuel Marques, 21 Antoine Hastoy, 22 Mosese Ratuvou, 23 Matthew Tierney

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Oyonnax 17-25 Toulouse
Stade Charles Mathon 

Touluose strengthened their play-off chances when they calimed a deserved victory away at strugglers, Oyonnax.

Despite their lowly position in the standings, the home side gave a good account of themselves throughout and they were still in this match half-time when the score was deadlocked at 10-10.

Luke McAlister and Nic Robinson traded early penalties before Oyonnax took the lead after Julien Blanc crossed for the opening try in the 19th minute.

The visitors struck back via a Louis Picamoles try on the stroke of half-time and they continued with their dominance when Florian Fritz crossed for their second try early on in the second half.

Sebastien Bezy then added a penalty in the 50th minute before Gillian Galan made 25-10 when he scored Toulouse's third try on the hour mark. Oyonnax  didn't give in and were rewarded in the 67th minute when Vili Ma'afu crossed for their second try.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Blanc, Ma'afu
Cons: Robinson 2
Pen: Robinson

For Toulouse:
Picamoles, Fritz, Galan
Cons: Bezy 2
Pens: McAlister, Bezy

Oyonnax: 15 Quentin Etienne Lecoq, 14 Dug Codjo, 13 Jimmy Yobo, 12 Eamonn Sheridan, 11 Uwanakaro Tawalo, 10 Nicholas John Robinson, 9 Julien Blanc, 8 Vili Ma'afu, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Pierrick Gunther, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Leon Power, 3 Stanley Wright, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Lukas Rapant, 18 Geoffrey Fabbri, 19 Florian Faure, 20 Regis Lespinas, 21 Guilliaume Bousses, 22 Alaska Nikolasi Taufa, 23 Giorgi Vepkhvadze

Toulouse: 15 Alexis Palisson, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Timoci Matanavou, 10 Charles Luke McAlister, 9 Sebastien Bezy, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Gillian Galan, 6 Talalelei Gray, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Gregory Lamboley, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher-Eric Tolofua, 1 Gurthro Garth Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Joseph Iosefa Tekori, 19 François Cros, 20 David Mele, 21 Tobias Gerald Albert Lieven Flood, 22 Yann David, 23 Dorian Aldegheri

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Brive 45-24 Grenoble
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brive made light work of Grenoble in their Top 14 encounter at Stade Amédée Domenech, securing a deserved 45-24 victory.

Gaëtan Germain gave the home side the lead via the kicking tee in the third minute before Thomas Acquier crossed for the opening try three minutes later.

Grenoble struck back with a Gilles Bosch penalty but for the rest of the half it was one-way traffic as Said Hireche, Alfi Mafi and Jean-Baptiste Pejoine all dotted down to give the hosts a 31-3 lead at the break. 

Brive continued to dominate in the second half and for minutes after the interval Sisaro Koyamaibole crossed for another five-pointer. Grenoble reduced the deficit when Rossouw De Klerk scored their opening try but that effort was soon cancelled out when Guillaume Ribes got over the whitewash for Brive's sixth five-pointer.

With the game in the bag, Brive took their foot off the pedal and late tries from Mathias Marie and Daniel Kilioni added some respectability to the score for the visitors.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Tries: Acquier, Hireche, Mafi, Pejoine, Koyamaibole, Ribes
Cons: Germain 6
Pen: Germain

For Grenoble:
De Klerk, Marie, Kilioni
Cons: Bosch 3
Pen: Bosch

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Alfi Mafi, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Benjamin Petre, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Poutasi Luafutu, 6 Saïd Hirèche, 5 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 4 Victor Lebas, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Thomas Acquier, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Jabez Wilhelmus Arnoldus Steenkamp, 19 William Whetton, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Sevenaia Galala, 23 Giorgi Jgenti

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Clement Gelin, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Mahamadou Diaby, 6 Dylan Hayes, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Heguy, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Jonathan Best, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Fabien Gengenbacher, 22 Daniel Kilioni, 23 Dayna Edwards

Referee: Salem Attalah

Montpellier 19-16 Bordeaux-Bègles
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Montpellier had to come from behind before claiming a crucial victory over Bordeaux-Bègles at the Altrad Stadium.

In a match which ebbed and flowed throughout the second half, a late Bismarck du Plessis try secured the result for the home side after all their other points came via the boot of Demetri Catrakilis.

Montpellier made the stronger start and raced into a 9-0 lead thanks to three penalties from their South African pivot before Simon Hickey slotted a three-pointer of his own to narrow the gap to six points by half-time.

Catrakilis added another penalty in the 44th minute before Baptiste Serin narrowed the lead when he crossed for his side's only try five minutes later.

Hickey then slotted two penalties, which meant the visitors were leading 16-12, before Du Plessis' try sealed victory for Montpellier.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
B du Plessis
Con: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis 4

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Con: Hickey
Pens: Hickey

Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Anthony Tuitavke, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Marvin O’Connor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wian Liebenberg, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Jacques Du Plessis, 3 Jannie Du Plessis, 2 Bismarck Du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Thibault Privat, 19 Kelian Galletier, 20 Nic White, 21 Benjamin Lucas, 22 Robert Ebersohn, 23 Nicolas Mas

UBB: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Francisco Kodela, 2 Clément Maynadier, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Benat Auzqui, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Matthew Clarkin, 20 Heinrich Adams, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Metuisela Talebula, 23 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Referee: Maxime Chalon