Top 14 wrap: Last day drama!

Date published: May 24 2015

Bayonne were relegated from the Top 14 on Saturday despite running seven tries past La Rochelle while Toulon secured top spot.

A bonus-point win for the defending champions over Oyonnax and Clermont's success in Montpellier mean they secured automatic qualification into the semi-finals while Toulouse recovered from a red card to seal a home play-off with victory over Bordeaux-Bègles.

The result of the day was in Brive however as they crushed Stade Français 27-0 to save their skins and send Bayonne down in the process.

Toulouse will now host Oyonnax in the play-offs next week while Racing-Métro will face Stade Français for a Parisian derby.

 Bordeaux-Bègles missed the Top 14 play-offs but will have a chance of getting into the European Champions Cup next season as they face a play-off against the winner of Gloucester v Connacht.

Bayonne 45-12 La Rochelle
Brive 27-0 Stade Français
Lyon 29-24 Grenoble
Montpellier 17-29 Clermont
Racing-Métro 53-10 Castres
Toulon 46-17 Oyonnax
Toulouse 23-22 Bordeaux-Bègles

Bayonne 45-12 La Rochelle
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Despair in the Basque country as a bonus-point win was not enough to save Bayonne, who will now join fellow Basques Biarritz and previously relegated Lyon in the ProD2 next season, despite finishing level with Castres on 52 points

Bayonne led 19-7 at the interval and went on to score seven tries, but Grenoble's losing bonus point in Lyon ensured Bayonne go down.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Tries:  Rouet Piffard, Ollivon, Monribot, Pointud, Rokocoko, Loustalot, O'Connor
Cons: Bustos Moyano 3, Fernandez, Loustalot
Yellow card: Monribot

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Berger, Alofa
Con: Grant
Yellow cards: Cedaro, Berger

Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Martin Bustos Moyano, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Matthieu Ugalde, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 Charles Ollivon, 7 Pierre Gayraud, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Pelu ian Taele, 3 Gert Muller, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Aretz Iguiniz, 18 Lisiate Faaoso, 19 Dwayne Haare, 20 Christophe Loustalot, 21 Bastien Fuster, 22 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 23 Nicolas Chocou.

La Rochelle: 15 Charles Bouldoire, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Mali Hingano, 12 Levani Botia Veivuke, 11 Sireli Bobo, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Julien Berger, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Jone Qovu, 6 Romana Graham, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Vincent Pelo.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Seneca, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Nicolas Djebaili, 19 Romain Sazy, 20 Benoit
Guyot, 21 Julien Audy, 22 Jean Pascal Barraque, 23 Lekso Kaulashvili.

Referee: Salem Attalah

Brive 27-0 Stade Français
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brived saved their best performance of these season for the last day to save their place in the top flight.

The result changes little for Stade Français, who will still host their play-off next Friday against Racing Metro.

Brive led 8-0 at halftime thanks to a try from Fijian number eight Sisa Koyamaibole and centre Arnaud Mignardi extended their lead with another try soon after the restart.

Further tries from replacement Malakai Bakaniceva and fly-half Riaan Swanepoel secured victory over a below-par Stade outfit.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Tries: Koyamaibole, Mignardi, Bakaniceva, Swanepoel
Cons: Germain  2
Pen: Germain

For Stade Français:
Yellow card: Papé

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Riaan Swanepoel, 9 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Said Hireche, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Giorgi Jgenti, 2 Francois da Ros, 1 Karlen Asieshvili

Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Goderzi Shvelidze, 18 Hugues Briatte, 19 Putasi Luafutu, 20 Damien Neveu, 21 Romain Sola, 22 Malakai Bakaniceva Radikedike, 23 Damien Jourdain

Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Julian Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Scott Lavalla, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Sakaria Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Sergio Parisse, 20 Jérôme Fillol, 21 Jéremy Sinzelle, 22 Waisale Nayacalevu, 23 Rabah Slimani

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Lyon v Grenoble
Matmut Stadium, Lyon

A losing bonus point for Grenoble means they avoid relegation by the narrowest of margins.

Grenoble led 18-17 at the end of a ding-dong first half that featured four tries and three yellow cards.

Credit though to Lyon, who end their season and the carreer of veteran lock Lionel Nallet on a winning note as they fought until the bitter end having gone behind on the hour mark after Jonathan Wisniewski's drop goal.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Tries: Loursac, Fourie
Cons: Loursac 2
Pens: Loursac 2,  Munro 2
Drop:  Munro
Yellow cards: Ratuvou; N'Zi

For Grenoble:
Tries: McLeod, Grice
Con: Wisniewski
Pens: Wisniewski 3
Drop: Wisniewski
Yellow cards: Roodt

Lyon: 15 Vincent Martin, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Fabrice Estebanez, 12 Waisale Sukanaveita, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Romain Loursac, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Masi Matadigo, 7 George Smith, 6 Eugene N'Zi, 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Anthony Roux, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Jeremy Castex
Replacements: 16 Bogdan Balan, 17 Cameron Mapusua, 18 Mickaël de Marco, 19 Francois Viljoen, 20 Mathieu Lorée, 21 Lachie Munro, 22 Franck Romanet, 23 Francisco Tetaz

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Benjamin Thiery, 13 Xavier Mignot, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl Mcleod, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Rory Grice, 5 Hendrik Roodt, 4 Benjamin Hand, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Fabien Barcella
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Jonathan Best, 20 Joannes Henry, 21 Geoffroy Messina, 22 Daniel Kilioni, 23 Richard Choirat

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Montpellier 17-29 Clermont
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

After a disappointing display last week, Clermont showed they are still contenders for the title. Defeat for Montpellier means they finish eighth, although just three points above the relegation zone!

Montpellier made a promising start as tries from Charles Géli and Kélian Galletier gave them an early lead.

But Clermont replied through scored from Fritz Lee and Jonathan Davies to move ahead 17-14 at the interval.

The second half was a hard-fought affair but Clermont put their heads down and forced their hosts into mistakes and ground out the win.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Tries: Geli, Galletier
Cons: Lucas 2
Pens: Lucas

For Clermont:
Tries: Lee, Davies
Cons: Parra 2
Pens: Parra 3, Radosavljevic 2

Montpellier: 15 Yohann Artru, 14 Albert Vulivuli, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Jonathan Pélissié, 8 Akapusi Qera, 7 Kélian Galletier, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Thibaut Privat, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Charles Géli, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Mickaël Ivaldi, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 19 Ben Mowen, 20 Benoît Paillaugue, 21 Pierre Bérard, 22 Benôit Sicart, 23 Pat Cilliers

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Aurélien Rougerie, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Alexandre Lapandry, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Thierry Lacrampe, 22 Benson Stanley, 23 Clément Ric

Referee: Pascal Gauzère

Racing-Métro v Castres
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

A big win secured Racing a place in the play-offs, with three tries in the last ten minutes adding some shine to the result.

Racing led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter before the wheels came off the Castres bus.

The scorers:

For Racing-Métro:
Tries: Imhoff 2, Thomas, Claassen, Dumoulin, Barba
Cons: Sexton 2, Dambielle 2
Pens: Sexton 5
Yellow card: Lauret

For Castres:
Tries: Rallier, Kockott
Yellow cards: Bornman, Rallier

Racing-Métro: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antoine Claassen, 7 Camille Gerondeau, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili.
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Luc Barba, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Alexandre Dumoulin, 23 Brian Mujati

Castres: 15 Romain Martial, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Mathieu Babillot, 7 Jannie Bornman, 6 Ibrahim Diarra, 5 Christophe Samson, 4 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Mathieu Bonello, 17 Mihai Lazar, 18 Richie Gray, 19 Benjamin Desroches, 20 Yannick Caballero, 21 Cedric Garcia, 22 Thomas Combezou, 23 Yohan Montes.

Referee: Maxime Chalon

Toulon 46-17 Oyonnax
Stade Félix Mayol, Toulon

No surprises here as Toulon finish top after an easy win.

Toulon were cruising at the interval, leading 20-3 thanks to a double from Drew Mitchell and another try from Sébastian Tillous-Borde.

Chris Masoe went over in the second period to put the result beyond doubt before Bryan Habana and Alexandre Menini added some icing to the cake.

Late consolation tries for Oyonnax will not dampen the party in the bars in Toulon.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Mitchell 2, Tillous-Borde, Masoe, Habana, Menini
Cons: Halfpenny 5
Pens: Halfpenny 2

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Jenneker, Paea
Cons: Lespinas 2
Pen:  Lespinas
Yellow card: Wannenburg

Toulon: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Sébastian Tillous-Borde, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Carl Hayman (c), 2 Guihelm Guirado, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Jocelino Suta, 19 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 20 Josua Tuisova, 21 Rudi Wulf, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Levan Chilachava

Oyonnax: 15 Riaan Smit, 14 Yves Donguy, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Roimata Hansell Pune, 11 Dug Codjo, 10 Regis Lespinas, 9 Yohan Domenech, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Guillaume Bernad, 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Miroslav Nemecek, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ruaan du PreezMarc Clerc, 2 Clement Jullien, 1 Soane Tonga'uihaAntoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Geoffrey Fabbri, 19 Patrick Sobela, 20 Enele Taufa, 21 Hemani Paea, 22 Jean-Francois Coux, 23 Lukas Rapant

Referee: Laurent Cardona

Toulouse 23-22 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Former Toulouse fly-half Lionel Beauxis missed a last-minute conversion that denied Bordeaux-Bègles both victory and a place in the play-offs.

There was drama all day at Stade Ernest Wallon as the hosts endured a nightmare start.

UBB scored two tries – through Francisco Gomez Kodela and Julien Rey – to lead 12-6 on the half-hour mark before Toulouse prop Census Johnston was shown a straight red card for punching the Bordeaux wing Metuisela Talebula following a heavy tackle by the Fijian wing.

But tries from Yoann Huget and Sébastien Bézy in the second half secured a precious victory for the 14-men Toulousains, to ensured they will host a play-off next week despite a late try from Bordeaux-Bègles wing Blair Connor.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Tries: Huget, Bezy
Cons: Bezy,  Flood
Pens: Bezy 3
Red card: Johnston

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Gomez Kodela, Rey, Connor
Cons: Bernard, Beauxis
Pen: Bernard

Toulouse: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Yann David, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Timoci Matanavou, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Sébastien Bézy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Joe Tekoria, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Toby Flood, 21 Maxime Médard, 22 Florian Fritz, 23 Neemia Tialata

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Sofiane Guitoune, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 13 Felix le Bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis Madaule, 5 Berend Botha, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Jean-Batiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 Jefferson Poirot, 17 Clément Maynadier, 18 Adam Jaulhac, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Thibault Lacroix, 23 Albert Toetu

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz