Top 14 Wrap: La Rochelle top, Brive win

Date published: January 7 2017

La Rochelle moved top of the Top 14 table after they overcame Castres while Gaëtan Germain kicked 18 points as Brive edged Grenoble on Saturday.

Pau versus Lyon was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Saturday's results:

Brive 23-22 Grenoble
Pau v Lyon – postponed
La Rochelle 22-8 Castres

Sunday's fixtures:

Stade Francais v Toulouse
Clermont v Toulon

Brive 23-22 Grenoble
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Once again for Brive it was the boot of Gaëtan Germain that did the damage to their opposition as the full-back kicked 18 points in victory

His 12 points in the first-half nudged Brive into a 12-7 lead at the turnaround, with wing Xavier Mignot hitting back with a try for Grenoble.

Hooker Arnaud Heguy then brought Grenoble back level with an unconverted try two minutes into the second-half but once again Germain got Brive ticking over, with his fifth penalty of the game on 49 minutes pushing the hosts back into a three-point buffer with plenty of time left.

Grenoble, desperate for a victory, would not go away and when scrum-half Charl McLeod crossed on 54 minutes, they went 19-15 ahead.

Replacement fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski added to his conversion with a penalty goal on 59 minutes but then Brive responded through Fabien Sanconnie's try. However, a missed conversion meant Grenoble remained in front at 22-20. Brive had 17 minutes to try and get the win.

And it was Germain who would have the final say as his penalty five minutes from time proved the match-winning kick as Brive prevailed.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Try: Sanconni
Pens: Germain 6

For Grenoble:
Tries: Mignot, Heguy, McLeod
Cons: Bosch, Wisniewski
Pen: Wisniewski

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Thomas Laranjeira, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Petrus Hauman, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Francois da Ros, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Arnaud Mela, 19 Fabien Sanconnie, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Matthieu Ugalde, 22 Sevenaia Galala, 23 Patrick-Albert Toetu

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Xavier Mignot, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Aly Muldowney, 5 Mickaël Capelli, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Alexandre Dardet
Replacements: 16 Loïck Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Thomas Jolmes, 19 Dylan Hayes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Jonathan Wisniewski, 22 Armand Batlle, 23 Walter Desmaison

Referee: Cedric Marchat

Pau p-p Lyon
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Match postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Pau: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Julien Fumat, 12 Watisoni Votu, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Julien Jacquot, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Daniel Ramsay, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Charly Malie, 22 Taniela Moa, 23 Sylvain Charlet

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Nicolas Durand, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Felix Lambey, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Ti'I Paulo, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Taiasina Tuifua, 20 Baptiste Couilloud, 21 Thibault Regard, 22 Mike Harris, 23 David Attoub

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

La Rochelle 22-8 Castres
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

La Rochelle continued their impressive season as they beat Castres to go four points clear at the top of the Top 14 standings on Saturday.

Despite being 3-8 adrift with 34 minutes played due to hooker Jody Jenneker going over for Castres, La Rochelle kicked on from then on.

Zack Holmes kicked his second penalty before the break and his third two minutes into the second 40 to put the home side into the lead.

Then came a try from Victor Vito on the hour, which Holmes converted before adding another penalty that made it 19-8 with 14 minutes left.

Castres replacement Yohann Montes was sent-off late on, with Mohamed Boughanmi seeing yellow for La Rochelle, but it was Holmes who had the final say on the match as he sent over his fifth penalty of the night at Stade Marcel Deflandre to put the seal on another fine result.

The scorers:

For La Rochelle:
Try: Vito
Con: Holmes
Pens: Holmes 5
Yellow Card: Boughanmi

For Castres:
Try: Jenneker
Pen: Urdapilleta
Yellow Cards: Ortega, Kockott
Red Card: Montes

La Rochelle: 15 Zack Holmes, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Levani Botia, 11 Kini Murimurivalu, 10 Brock James, 9 Alexis Bales, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Jérémie Maurouard, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Mathieu Tanguy, 19 Afaesetiti Amosa, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 Steeve Barry, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Loic Jacquet, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Mihaita Lazar
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Victor Moreaux, 19 Alexandre Bias, 20 Antoine Dupont, 21 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22 Julien Dumora, 23 Yohann Montes

Referee: Thomas Charabas