Top 14 Wrap: Oyonnax stun Clermont

Date published: April 12 2015

Oyonnax picked up the result of the round with a thrilling 11-10 surprise win over Clermont at the Stade Marcel Michelin on Saturday.

Elsewhere, wins were claimed by Brive, Toulouse and Toulon while Racing-Métro and Montpellier played out a draw in a thrilling Top 14 clash.

Results and Fixtures:

Racing-Métro 24-24 Montpellier
Brive 22-20 Lyon
Clermont 10-11 Oyonnax
Toulouse 20-17 Bayonne
Grenoble 24-35 Toulon

Racing-Métro 24-24 Montpellier
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

These two sides couldn't be separated as Johan Goosen missed a last-minute penalty to win the game for Racing in Colombes.

Playing just six days after their Champions Cup heartbreak in the quarter-finals, two tries apiece from Antoine Claassen and Maxime Machenaud weren't enough for Racing as Montpellier fought back in the second half.

Claassen powered over from close range with Machenaud darting over in the corner for their first scores, the latter confirmed by the TMO, as Racing opened up a comfortable 14-3 advantage.

Montpellier had to respond and did with Mikheil Nariashvili using his power to get over the line from close range, with Lucas converting.

Machenaud's second try after a big break by Jamie Roberts restored order for the home side and Claassen's second seemed to settle the match at 24-10, but Montpellier had other ideas.

Lucas was persistent off the tee, adding two penalties before Timoci Nagusa struck with a fine individual try, beating several defenders to put Montpellier in a good position.

A final penalty from Lucas completed an impressive comeback for Montpellier before Goosen's late miss denied Racing the chance to win it.

The scorers:

For Racing:
Tries: Claassen 2, Machenaud 2
Cons: Sexton 2

For Montpellier:
Tries: Nariashvili, Nagusa
Cons: Lucas
Pens: Lucas 4

Racing-Métro: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoan Audrin, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Camille Gerondeau, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 François van der Merwe, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Julien Brugnault, 18 Fabrice Metz, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Johan Goosen, 22 Henry Chavancy, 23 Brian Mujati.

Montpellier: 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Yohann Artru, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo (c), 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Charles Géli, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili.
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Chris King, 18 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 19 Antoine Battut, 20 Jonathan Pélissié, 21 Wynand Olivier, 22 Benoit Sicart, 23 Pat Cilliers.

Referee: Cedric Marchat

Brive 22-20 Lyon 
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Gaeten Germain's boot was the decider for Brive as they saw off the threat of Lyon at home.

Germain kicked five penalties including the decider in the 70th minute as he won his own personal shootout with Lyon's Stephen Brett.

Veteran back-rower George Smith scored the first try, converted by Brett, with Lyon leading 10-6 at half-time.

Waisea Sukanaveita's converted try then put them in a strong position to win the match but Brive hit back, first through a try from Benito Masilevu and then the boot of Germain, whose three straight penalties secured the win.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Try: Masilevu
Cons: Germain
Pens: Germain 5

For Lyon:
Tries: Smith, Sukanaveita
Cons: Brett 2
Pens: Brett 2

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Thomas Sanchou, 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Riaan Swanepoel, 9 Jean-Baptiste Péjoine (c), 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Poutasi Luafutu, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Peet Marais, 4 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 3 Giorgi Jgenti, 2 François Da Ros, 1 Goderdzi Shvelidze.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Arnaud Méla, 19 Saîd Hirèche, 20 Damien Neveu, 21 Romain Sola, 22 Sevanaia Galala, 23 Kevin Buys.

Lyon: 15 Jérôme Porical, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Fabrice Estebanez, 12 Waisea Sukanaveita, 11 Franck Romanet, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Eugene N’Zi, 7 George Smith, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Simon Njewel, 3 Anthony Roux, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Jérémy Castex.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Bogdan Balan, 18 Coenie Basson, 19 Masi Matadigo, 20 Juan Leguizamon, 21 Mathieu Lorée, 22 Thibaut Regard, 23 Horatiu Pungea.

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

Clermont 10-11 Oyonnax 
Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

Oyonnax notched up a memorable win by stunning Clermont Auvergne on their home turf, clinching a one-point victory in the closing stages as Clermont suffered a very rare loss at the Stade Marcel Michelin, ending a 12-game winning run.

Benjamin Urdapilleta's boot has often been a saving grace for Oyonnax and so it proved again, as Clermont suffered a rare home loss.

A low-scoring contest, Clermont had changed all of their starting XV from the previous week's thrashing of Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup.

They scored the only try of the first-half when Fijian number eight Peceli Yato went over for his seventh of the season, converted by Brock James who was an early replacement for Mike Delany.

Soane Tonga'uiha's second-half try gave Oyonnax a shock lead but James looked to have prevented any surprises with a penalty.

Urdapilleta though had other ideas, putting his team ahead with five minutes left as the away side dug in for a great win on the road.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Try: Yato

Cons: James

Pens: James

For Oyonnax:

Try: Tonga'uiha

Pens: Urdapilleta 2

Yellow Card: Tian

Clermont: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Zac Guildford, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Thierry Lacrampe, 8 Peceli Yato, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Julien Bardy, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Clément Ric, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphaël Chaume, 18 Davit Zirakashvili, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Julien Kazubek, 21 Charlie Cassang, 22 Brock James, 23 Noa Nakaitaci.

Oyonnax: 15 Florian Denos (c), 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Dug Codjo, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Fabien Cibray, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Leon Power, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit.
Replacements: 16 Paula Ngauamo, 17 Ruaan Du Preez, 18 Miroslav Nemecek, 19 Guillaume Bernad, 20 Yohan Domenech, 21 Regis Lespinas, 22 Alaska Taufa, 23 Soane Tonga'uiha.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Toulouse 20-17 Bayonne 
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Louis Picamoles' late converted try gave Toulouse a narrow win over visitors Bayonne as they survived a scare at home.

The France number eight made sure of the win for Toulouse along with Jean-Marc Doussain's conversion for a 20-17 success.

Tries bookended this clash for Toulouse after Patricio Albacete found the line in the opening minutes, cancelling out Martin Bustos Moyano's penalty.

The Argentine kicker for Bayonne and Luke McAlister added a penalty apiece but Joe Rokocoko's converted try meant that Bayonne held the lead at half-time.

McAlister and France international Scott Spedding traded penalties before Picamoles' intervention late on made sure that Toulouse didn't suffer an upset.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:

Tries: Albacete, Picamoles

Cons: McAlister 2

Pens: McAlister 2

For Bayonne:

Try: Rokocoko

Pens: Bustos Moyano 3, Spedding

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Edwin Maka, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Census Johnston, 19 Yoann Maestri, 20 Thierry Dusautoir, 21 Sébastien Bezy, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Timoci Matanavou.

Bayonne: 15 Martin Bustos Moyano, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 12 Matthieu Ugalde, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Lisiate Fa'aoso, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Mark Chisholm (c), 4 Pelu Taele, 3 Aretz Iguiniz, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Lucas Pointud.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Gert Muller, 18 JC van Rensburg, 19 Dewald Senekal, 20 Charles Ollivon, 21 Christophe Loustalot, 22 Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 23 Scott Spedding.

Referee: Maxime Chalon

Grenoble 24-35 Toulon 
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Toulon capitalised on Clermont's slip up as they beat Grenoble at Stade des Alpes to move clear at the Top 14 summit.

It all started so brightly for the hosts when suspension returnee Rory Grice crossed after just two minutes but Toulon responded thanks to centre Matt Giteau's try before Leigh Halfpenny added the conversion followed by two penalties.

Grenoble moved back in front on 29 minutes when Nigel Hunt's try was converted by Jonathan Wisniewski but it would be Toulon going into the break in front after Bryan Habana's score and more points from Halfpenny made it 23-14 to them.

Outside centre Jackson Willison closed the gap to four points on 44 minutes with his try and Grenoble's third but four penalties from Toulon followed, with Albertus Buckle's try on 76 minutes merely a consolation for the home side.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Tries: Grice, Hunt, Willison, Buckle
Con: Wisniewski 2

For Toulon:
Tries: Giteau, Habana
Con: Halfpenny 2
Pen: Halfpenny 3, Michalak 2, D Armitage 2

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher (c), 14 Alipate Ratini, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Peter Kimlin, 6 Henry Vanderglas, 5 Hendrik Roodt, 4 Ross Skeate, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Arnaud Héguy, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Fabien Alexandre, 20 James Hart, 21 Chris Farrell, 22 Xavier Mignot, 23 Jono Owen.

Toulon: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Delon Armitage, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez-Lobbe (c), 7 Mamuka Gorgodze, 6 Virgile Bruni, 5 Jocelino Suta, 4 Romain Taofifenua, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 1 Xavier Chiocci.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Konstantin Mikautadze, 20 Steffon Armitage, 21 Josua Tuisova, 22 Rudi Wulf, 23 Sébastien Tillous-Borde.

Referee: Jérôme Garcès