Top 14 Wrap: Castres beat Racing 92

Date published: September 24 2016

Castres claimed a victory over Racing 92 while Bordeaux-Bègles, Pau, La Rochelle and Toulouse also won.

Sunday's two remaining games of the round will see Montpellier face Brive and Toulon play host to Clermont.



Castres 31-23 Racing 92
Bordeaux-Bègles 32-10 Lyon
Grenoble 38-39 Pau
La Rochelle 34-17 Bayonne
Toulouse 23-18 Stade Français


Montpellier v Brive
Toulon v Clermont

Castres 31-23 Racing 92
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres claimed an impressive 31-23 victory over Top 14 champions Racing 92 at Stade Pierre Antoine.

The entertaining game was locked up at 13 apiece at the turnaround after a try apiece from France loosehead prop Eddy Ben Arous for Racing 92 and second-row Rodrigo Capo Ortega for the home side was recorded.

But after the break crossings from Geoffrey Palis and Benjamin Urdapilleta to go with 16 points from the boot of the latter saw Castres come out on top, with new signing Leone Nakarawa responding for the Parisian side.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Tries: Ortega, Palis, Urdapilleta
Cons: Urdapilleta 2
Pens: Urdapilleta 4

For Racing 92:
Tries: Arous, Nakarawa
Cons: Carter, Machenaud
Pens: Carter 2, Machenaud

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Julien Caminati, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Loïc Jacquet, 3 Damien Tussac, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Mihaita Lazar
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Victor Moreaux, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Antoine Dupont, 21 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22 Julien Dumora, 23 Daniel Kotze

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Casey Laulala, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Bernard Le Roux, 19 Chris Masoe, 20 James Hart, 21 Rémi Talès, 22 Albert Vulivuli, 23 Luc Ducalcon

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Bordeaux-Bègles 32-10 Lyon
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

A hat-trick from Adam Ashley-Cooper helped Bordeaux-Bègles beat Lyon 32-10 at Stade Chaban Delmas.

UBB held a 27-3 lead at the interval thanks to Ashley-Cooper's brace and one from Luke Braid in a superb half.

Ian Madigan converted those scores and two penalties as the hosts looked on the right path to a bonus-point.

A try from Lyon full-back Romain Loursac took away that maximum but it was only temporary as experienced Wallaby back Ashley-Cooper's third crossing sealed the five points for the hosts for their third win of the season.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Ashley-Cooper 3, Braid
Cons: Madigan 3
Pens: Madigan 2

For Lyon:
Try: Loursac
Con: Potgieter
Pen: Potgieter

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Romain Lonca, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Louis-Benoît Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Beñat Auzqui, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Hugh Chalmers, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Josaia Vakacegu, 23 Marc Clerc

Lyon: 15 Romain Loursac, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Theo Belan, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 David Attoub, 2 Ti'I Paulo, 1 Alexandre Menini
Replacements: 16 Cameron Mapusua, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Christian Njewel, 19 Virgile Bruni, 20 Agustin Figuerola, 21 Henry Clunies-Ross, 22 Thibault Regard, 23 Francisco Gomez Kodela

Referee: Sébastien Minery

Grenoble 38-39 Pau
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Tom Taylor slotted an 81st minute penalty to hand Pau a 39-38 victory over Grenoble at Stade des Alpes.

The hosts will be wondering how they managed to lose this game after they threw away a 29-16 half-time lead.

Jonathan Wisniewski contributed 28 points to Grenoble's cause and it looked like he had won the game when he kicked his eighth penalty in the 79th minute to give his side a narrow 38-36 lead with virtually no time left.

But Pau had other ideas as Taylor kept his cool to convert a 81st minute penalty which gave his team a dramatic win away from home. Crucially Pau were first to score points in the second-half as they reduced the deficit to 29-26 before Sona Taumalolo got sin-binned. Pau failed to add any points in that period but a Jale Vatubua try and another Taylor penalty gave them a 36-35 lead which they temporarily lost before Taylor secured the win.

The scorers:

For Grenoble
Tries: Taumalolo, Estebanez
Cons: Wisniewski 2
Pens: Wisniewski 8

For Pau
Tries: Malie, Coughlan, Vatabua
Cons: Taylor 3
Pens: Taylor 6

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Edward Sawailau, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 David Mélé, 8 Dylan Hayes, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Steven Setephano, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Heguy, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Mahamadou Diaby, 20 Lilian Saseras, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Maritino Nemani, 23 Ali Oz

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Jale Vatubua, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Bastien Pourailly, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Geoffrey Moise
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Daniel Ramsay, 19 Ibrahim Diarra, 20 Thibault Daubagna, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Sean Dougall, 23 Malik Hamadache

Referee: Thomas Charabas

La Rochelle 32-17 Bayonne
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

La Rochelle were too strong for Bayonne at home with a convincing 32-17 win at Stade Marcel Deflandre.

The scores were locked at 6-6 before La Rochelle struck twice in the 10 minutes before half-time, first through Hikairo Forbes and then thanks to a penalty try, both of which were converted by Brock James for a 20-6 lead.

Raphael Lagarde slotted two penalties right after the break to bring Bayonne back into the game but a Vincent Rattez try gave La Rochelle a commanding lead with 20 minutes left. Pierre Aguillon made sure of the win with his side's fourth try despite a Jone Qovu's yellow card which forced the hosts to see out matters with 14 men.

Bayonne used the advantage to score a consolation try in the 81st minute through replacement Martin Laveau.

The scorers:

For La Rochelle
Tries: Forbes, Penalty try, Rattez, Aguillon
Cons: James 4
Pens: James 2

For Bayonne
Pens: Lagarde 4

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Steeve Barry, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Gabriel Lacroix, 10 Brock James, 9 Alexis Bales, 8 Jone Qovu, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Jérémie Maurouard, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Romana Graham, 19 Zeno Kieft, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Jules Lebail, 22 Arthur Retiere, 23 Lekso Kaulashvili

Bayonne: 15 Julien Tisseron, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Félix le Bourhis, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Raphael Lagarde, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 John Beattie, 7 Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Pierre Gayraud, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Simon Labouyrie, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Adrien Bordenave, 18 Pablo Huete, 19 PJ Van Lill, 20 Manu Saubusse, 21 Martin Laveau, 22 Lucas Meret, 23 Lorenzo Cittadini

Referee: Pierre Brousset

Toulouse 23-18 Stade Français
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Toulouse ended a dismal run of three straight defeats as they beat 23-18 Stade Français on Saturday.

A red card for visiting number eight Sergio Parisse in the 37th minute made the prospect of victory unlikely for Stade Français as they suffered a third league loss as Toulouse climb above them in the Top 14 standings.

Toulouse's tries at Stade Ernest Wallon came from wing Alexis Palisson and flank Thierry Dusautoir in the 46th and 61st minute respectively while scrum-half Sébastien Bezy and inside centre Toby Flood kicked their points.

In reply Pascal Papé went over for the Paris side before Julian Arias' late crossing saw them leave with a point.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Tries: Palisson, Dusautoir
Cons: Bezy, Flood
Pens: Bezy 3

For Stade Français:
Tries: Papé, Arias
Con: Bosman
Pens: Dupuy 2
Red Card: Parisse (37 min)

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jean Marc Doussain, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Gregory Lamboley, 20 Edwin Maka, 21 Samuel Marques, 22 Florian Fritz, 23 Maks van Dyk

Stade Français: 15 Jeremy Sinzelle, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Theo Millet, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Karim Qadiri, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Jonathan Ross, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Remy Bonfils, 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempere, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Mathieu De Giovanni, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Gerhard Mostert, 21 Clement Daguin, 22 Sekou Macalou, 23 Sakaria Taulafo

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz