Top 14 Wrap: Clermont, Toulon into semi-finals

Date published: June 5 2016

Toulon snatched second place thanks to their bonus-point win over UBB while Clermont finished the Top 14 season in first place.

Montpellier as a result of their defeat away to Racing drop to third and will face Castres in the quarter-finals, with Racing hosting Toulouse.


Grenoble 14-53 Toulouse
Toulon 44-3 Bordeaux-Bègles
Racing 92 40-25 Montpellier
Brive 39-10 Pau
Agen 23-19 Oyonnax
Clermont 57-8 La Rochelle
Castres 35-14 Stade Français

Grenoble 14-53 Toulouse

Toulouse finished in fifth despite an enormous win over Grenoble to round off the regular season.

Early tries from Clément Poitrenaud and Gillian Galan set Toulouse on their way before Grenoble showed signs of life with a score from Martino Nemani.

But Yann David's five-pointer and a second score for Galan though confirmed Toulouse's dominance, going into the break well ahead at 29-7.

The rout continued after half-time with scores from Jarrod Poi, Edwin Maka, David Mélé and Thomas Ramos sealing a huge victory for Toulouse.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Tries: Nemani, Aplon
Cons: Wisniewski 2

For Toulouse:
Tries: Poitrenaud, Galan 2, David, Poi, Maka, Mélé, Ramos
Cons: Doussain 4, Mélé
Pen: Doussain

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Martino Nemani, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Mahamadou Diaby, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Mathias Marie, 3 Ali Oz, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Paulin Mas, 17 Walter Desmaison, 18 Mickael Capelli, 19 Jonathan Best, 20 James Hart, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Fabrice Estebanez, 23 Dayna Edwards

Toulouse: 15 Alexis Palisson, 14 Semi Kunatani, 13 Yann David, 12 Clement Poitrenaud, 11 Arthur Bonneval, 10 Jean Marc Doussain, 9 David Mélé, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Talalelei Gray, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Romain Millo-Chluski, 4 Gregory Lamboley, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Edwin Maka, 19 Francois Cros, 20 Jean-Luc Brumont, 21 Jarrod Poi, 22 Thomas Ramos, 23 Gert Muller

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Toulon 44-3 Bordeaux-Bègles

Metuisela Talebula's red card in the first half for UBB allowed Toulon to produce a more than comfortable win at the Stade Félix Mayol, with Montpellier's defeat at Racing meaning that Toulon finish second.

A cagey opening was stopped when UBB lost Talebula to a red card for a kick to the head, although it took a while for Toulon to break down the visitors' defence.

Josua Tuisova and Jonathan Pélissié however crossed before the interval to send Toulon in ahead 18-3.

A second for Tuisova and then tries from Steffon Armitage, Jean Charles Orioli, James O'Connor helped round off a huge win to send Toulon into the semi-finals.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Tuisova 2, Pélissié, S Armitage, Orioli, O'Connor
Cons: Pélissié 3, Escande

Pens: Pélissié 2

For UBB:

Pen: Hickey
Yellow Card: Taofifenua
Red Card: Talebula

Toulon: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Jonathan Pélissié, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Mamuka Gorgodze, 5 Konstantin Mikautadze, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Jean Charles Orioli, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Romain Taofifenua, 19 Virgile Bruni, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Manasa Saulo

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 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 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Marco Tauleigne, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Francisco Gomez Kodela

Referee: Cédric Marchat

Racing 92 40-25 Montpellier

Despite picking up the win Racing were unable to clinch second place, settling for fourth due to not getting the try bonus point in their win over Montpellier, who finish in third.

Racing's wingers were the key to their success as Juan Imhoff (twice) and Joe Rokocoko crossed for tries. Maxime Machenaud's boot kept the scoreboard ticking over as Racing racked into a 20-6 lead before Akapusi Qera hit back before half-time.

Imhoff's second score and two penalties from Maxime Machenaud helped Racing to open up a 20-point lead at 33-3 as the match wore on.

Pierre Spies' try after 71 minutes looked to have ended Racing's chances though of getting the bonus point, and although Racing struck late through Bernard le Roux, Nicolas Mas found the line for Montpellier in the 80th minute.

The scorers:

For Racing:
Tries: Imhoff 2, Rokocoko, Le Roux
Cons: Machenaud 3, Goosen
Pens: Machenaud 3, Goosen
Yellow Card: Nyanga

For Montpellier:
Tries: Qera, Spies, Mas
Cons: Catrakilis 2
Pens: Catrakilis 2

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga Kabasele, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Khatchik Vartanov
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Juandre Kruger, 19 Luc Barba, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Marc Andreu, 22 Maxime Javaux, 23 Luc Ducalcon

Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Akapusi Qera, 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 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 19 Wian Liebenberg, 20 Kelian Galletier, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Ben Lucas, 23 Nicolas Mas

Referee: Salem Attalah

Brive 39-10 Pau

Brive finished the year with a big win over Pau, although it mattered little with both sides out of the play-offs and safe from relegation.

Marvin Lestremau's second-minute converted try gave Pau the perfect start but Gaetan Germain soon replied, with a converted try and two penalties putting Brive ahead before Sevenaia Galala's try just before half-time gave them a 18-10 lead by the break.

Germain kept the scoreboard ticking over after the break with more penalties before Brive made sure of the win with tries from Sisa Koyamaibole and Thomas Laranjeira.

Brive finish in eighth place, with Pau in 11th.

The scorers:

For Brive:

Tries: Germain, Galala, Koyamaibole, Laranjeira
Cons: Germain 4

Pens: Germain 2

For Pau:
Try: Lestremau
Con: Fajardo

Pen: Fajardo

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Alfi Mafi, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Benjamin Petre, 11 Sevenaia Galala, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Nicolas Bezy, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Said Hireche, 6 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Giorgi Jgenti, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Goderdzi Shvelidze
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Victor Lebas, 20 Poutasi Luafutu, 21 David Delarue, 22 Thomas Laranjeira, 23 Kevin Buys

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Marvin Lestremau, 13 Mathieu Acebes, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Brandon Fajardo, 9 Thierry Lacrampe, 8 Giovanni Kueffner, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Cameron Pierce, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Claude Dry, 3 Matthew Tierney, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Jeremy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Lucas Rey, 17 Cameron Holenstein, 18 Gaetan Beraud, 19 Mehdi Boundjema, 20 Clovis Lebail, 21 Antoine Hastoy, 22 Pierre Dupouy, 23 Sylvain Charlet

Referee: Sébastien Minery

Agen 23-19 Oyonnax

Agen made sure they didn't finish on the bottom of the pile in the Top 14 as they beat Oyonnax 23-19, despite playing a half with 14 men.

Agen had enjoyed a promising opening when inside centre Julien Heriteau crossed for a try on three minutes, catching their visitors cold. But back came Oyonnax with a try from number eight Florian Faure before Agen's Marc Baget-Rabarou was shown a red card after tussling with Leon Power.

Power was given ten minutes in the sin-bin and it was Oyonnax who scored in that spell, Taufa crossing for 10-14 at the break.

It was expected that Oyonnax would make the most of their numerical advantage in the second-half but that wasn't to be, as George Tilsley scored on 54 minutes for Agen, and with Bouvier's conversion the hosts led 17-14 which was how it stayed until two penalties, coming from Paul Abadie and Mathieu Lamoulie sealed victory. Nuku Swerling Finaipepe did claim a late try for Oyonnax but that was only a consolation.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Heriteau, Tilsley
Con: Bouvier 2
Pen: Bouvier, Abadie, Lamoulie
Red Card: Baget-Rabarou

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Faure, Taufa, Finaipepe
Con: Robinson 2
Yellow Card: Power

Agen: 15 George Tilsley, 14 Leka Tagotago, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Julien Heriteau, 11 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 10 Francois Bouvier, 9 Clement Darbo, 8 Marc Baget-Rabarou, 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Antoine Miquel, 5 William Demotte, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Arsene Nnomo
Replacements: 16 Marc Barthomeuf, 17 Giorgi Tetrashvili, 18 Denis Marchois, 19 Remy Vaquin, 20 Paul Abadie, 21 Mathieu Lamoulie, 22 Vincent Roux, 23 Dave Ryan

Oyonnax: 15 Nicolas Metge, 14 Alaska Taufa, 13 Guilliaume Bousses, 12 Jimmy Yobo, 11 Daniel Ikpefan, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Julien Blanc, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Shay Kerry, 6 Bilel Taieb, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Leon Power, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Thomas Bordes, 1 Laurent DelBoulbes
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Conner Halangahu, 18 Geoffrey Fabbri, 19 Nuku Swerling Finaipepe, 20 Lucas Chouvet, 21 Dug Codjo, 22 Uwanakaro Tawalo, 23 Giorgi Vepkhvadze

Referee: Pascal Gauzère

Clermont 57-8 La Rochelle

Clermont ended the regular-season on a clinical note on Sunday as they eased past La Rochelle, running out 57-8 winners at Marcel Michelin.

Clermont were given an early shock when La Rochelle loosehead prop Lekso Kaulashvili went over inside three minutes but they responded well as English full-back Abendanon's converted try four minutes later put them 7-5 in front to settle any nerves at the Stade Marcel Michelin.

Strettle's tries in the 21st and 24th minute eased Clermont further in front at 21-5 with Parra's kicks, which was how it was at the break. Strettle continued from where he left off after the break when, after Zach Holmes had kicked a penalty for La Rochelle, the wing went over for his hat-trick on 47 minutes. Parra made it 28-8 from the tee as Clermont had the try bonus-point on the board with plenty of time left.

And from then on it was a procession for Clermont as Scott Spedding (2), Wesley Fofana, Brock James and Noa Nakaitaci scored in a big win.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Abendanon, Strettle 3, Spedding 2, Fofana, James, Nakaitaci
Cons: Parra 4, James 2

For La Rochelle:
Try: Kaulashvili
Pen: Holmes

Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Nick Abendanon, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Peceli Yato, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Loic Jacquet, 3 Clement Ric, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Raphael Chaume
Replacements: 16 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Paul Jedrasiak, 19 Alexandre Lapandry, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Brock James, 22 Noa Nakaitaci, 23 Dan Kotze

La Rochelle: 15 Pierre Popelin, 14 Alipate Ratini, 13 Kini Murimurivalu, 12 Ryan Dubois, 11 Romaric Camou, 10 Anthony Fuertes, 9 Julien Audy, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Zeno Kieft, 6 Valentin Destruels, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Gagi Bazadze, 2 Benjamin Geledan, 1 Lekso Kaulashvili
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Remi Picquette, 19 Albain Meron, 20 Jules Lebail, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Martin Carre, 23 Luc Mousset

Referee: Maxime Chalon

Castres 35-14 Stade Français

Castres will head to Montpellier in their Top 14 play-off next week after beating Stade Français 35-14 at Stade Pierre Antoine on Sunday.

They came out well in front of their fans as Rory Kockott scored a converted try to go with two penalties that made it 13-0 on 14 minutes. But Stade Français managed to hit back in the 22nd minute when they were awarded a penalty try, which was easily converted by Morné Steyn.

Castres though kept plugging away and were rewarded with three points before the half-time interval as Kockott stepped up to make it 16-7. Kockott and Rémi Lamerat crossed for Castres after the break to push the hosts into a comfortable lead, but when hooker Craig Burden went over for Stade Français two minutes, after Lamerat to make it 28-14, the Paris side had just under 20 minutes to force a comeback victory.

However, Castres made sure of the win on 65 minutes when Sitiveni Sivivatu scored to make it 35-14, which was how it stayed until the end.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Tries: Kockott 2, Lamerat, Sivivatu
Cons: Kockott 3
Pens: Kockott 3

For Stade Français:
Tries: Penalty, Burden
Cons: Steyn 2
Yellow Card: Macalou

Castres: 15 Julien Caminati, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Rémy Grosso, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Mathieu Babillot, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Antoine Tichit
16 Brice Mach, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Johnnie Beattie, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Rudi Wulf, 23 Eric Sione

Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Jérémy Sinzelle, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Josaia Raisuqe, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Clement Daguin, 8 Patrick Sio, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Mathieu Ugena, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Remy Bonfils, 1 Zurabi Zhvania
16 Craig Burden, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Gabriel Quesmel, 19 Mathieu De Giovanni, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Jonathan Danty, 22 Hugo Bonneval, 23 Rabah Slimani

Referee: Tual Trainini