Top 14 Wrap: Pau stun Montpellier, Toulouse beat Clermont

Date published: December 31 2016

Pau picked up an impressive 32-27 victory over Top 14 hopefuls Montpellier while Toulouse beat pace-setters Clermont 26-20 on Saturday.



Lyon 19-16 Bordeaux-Bègles


Pau 32-27 Montpellier
Castres 47-18 Bayonne
Stade Français 12-10 Brive
Toulouse 26-20 Clermont


La Rochelle v Grenoble
Toulon v Racing 92

Pau 32-27 Montpellier
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Montpellier ended the year with a disappointing 32-27 loss on the road at Pau as their Top 14 title hopes suffered a setback on Saturday.

Pau led 22-20 at the break in a high-scoring first-half that saw five tries scored, with Tom Taylor's late kick edging the hosts in front.

After two penalties from Montpellier's Demetri Catrakilis, Watisoni Votu got the ball rolling for Pau when he crossed after seven minutes.

But Pierre Spies responded for Montpellier on 23 minutes before Yvan Watremez dived over on the half-hour as the visitors went 20-12 up, the latter try coming after Louis Dupichot scored for Pau. He added another on 33 minutes before Taylor's late penalty nudged them ahead.

Taylor extended the gap to five points when he slotted a penalty on 51 minutes and they went further in front seven minutes later when James Coughlin crossed for a converted try that made it 32-20. Suddenly title chasing Montpellier were 12 points down at Stade du Hameau.

Replacement Duhan Van Der Merwe got them back in it on 72 minutes when he scored a try, converted by Frans Steyn, but Pau held on.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Votu, Dupichot 2, Coughlin
Cons: Taylor 3
Pens: Taylor 2

For Montpellier:
Tries: Spies, Watremez, Van der Merwe
Cons: Catrakilis 2, Steyn
Pens: Catrakilis 2

Pau: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Kaikadavu Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Geoffrey Moise, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Dan Ramsay, 20 Ben Mowen, 21 Charly Malie, 22 Unalotokipulotu Vea Teutau, 23 Sylvain Charlet

Montpellier: 15 Henri Immelman, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Joe Tomane, 12 François Steyn, 11 Joffrey Michel, 10 Demetri Catrakalis, 9 Tomas O'Leary, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Antoine Battut, 3 Jannie Du Plessis, 2 Romain Ruffenach, 1 Yvan Watremez
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Gregory Fichten, 18 Julien Delannoy, 19 Nicolaas Janse Van Rensburg, 20 Nic White, 21 Yvan Reilhac, 22 Duhan Van Der Merwe, 23 Antoine Guillamon

Referee: Salem Attalah

Castres 47-18 Bayonne
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres scored seven tries in their 47-18 rout of Bayonne on Saturday.

Bayonne got off to the perfect start when PJ van Lill went over as early as the second minute to get his team on the scoresheet.

Castres quickly hit back with two tries in the space of three minutes when Pierre Berard and Jody Jenneker scored to give the hosts the lead. Benjamin Urdapilleta converted both tries.

Willie du Plessis responded with two penalties for Bayonne in quick succession.

Robert Ebersohn and Afusipa Taumoepeau added two more tries early in the second half for Castres before they pulled further away from Bayonne with tries from Steve Mafi and Rodrigo Ortega, Urdapilleta slotting the extras for the latter three.

Baptiste Chouzenoux crossed for a late score before Berard scored his second to rub further salt in Bayonne's wounds.

The scorers:

For Castres:
Tries: Berard 2, Jenneker, Ebersohn, Taumoepeau, Mafi, Ortega
Cons: Urdapilleta 5, Dumora

For Bayonne:
Tries: Van Lill, Chouzenoux
Con: Lagarde
Pens: Du Plessis 2
Yellow Card: Lovobalavu

Castres: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Remy Grosso, 13 Afusipa Faha Ivalu Taumoepeau, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Mihaïta Lazar, 18 Victor Moreaux, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Thomas Combezou, 23 Yohan Montes

Bayonne: 15 Benjamin Thiery, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Julien Jane, 10 Willem Du Plessis, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 John Beattie, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 PJ Van Lill, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Jerome Schuster
Replacements: 16 Simon Labouyrie, 17 Aretz Iguiniz, 18 Guillaume Ducat, 19 Jean Joseph Marmouyet, 20 Emmanuel Saubusse, 21 Raphael Lagarde, 22 Romain Martial, 23 Tomaakino Taufua

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Stade Français 12-10 Brive
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris

A last-minute penalty from Morné Steyn helped Stade Français come from behind and defeat Brive 12-10 at the Stade Jean Bouin.

Brive led 10-3 at half-time thanks to a 39th-minute try from Benjamin Lapeyre that was converted by Gaëtan Germain, who slotted a penalty with 14 minutes gone. In reply Stade had only a Steyn to speak of in terms of points in the first 40 as they struggled to create chances.

Steyn though was on target again in the 54th minute to cut the gap to four points and then just one when he struck again 10 minutes later.

It looked like Brive would hold on for a narrow victory in Paris but with time almost up, Steyn then fired over the match-winning penalty goal.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Pens: Steyn 4

For Brive:
Try: Lapeyre
Con: Germain
Pen: Germain

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Vuidravuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jeremy Sinzelle, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Emmanuel Felsina
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempere, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Pascal Papé, 19 Mathieu De Giovanni, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Julien Arias, 23 Giorgi Melikidze

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Nakala Burotu, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Thomas Laranjeira, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Petrus Hauman, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Vivien Devisme
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Damien Lavergne, 18 Jan Uys, 19 Sisaro Koyamaibole, 20 Jean Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Romain Cabannes, 22 Benito Masilevu, 23 Albert Toetu

Referee: Laurent Cardona

Toulouse 26-20 Clermont
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse

Toulouse picked up a much-needed victory as they saw off table-toppers Clermont 26-20 at Stadium Municipal on Saturday.

First-half tries from Yoann Huget and Artur Bonneval set them on their way before Gaël Fickou struck soon after the break to give Toulouse a welcome buffer, which they held on to as Clermont suffer only their fourth defeat of the Top 14 campaign.

The game had started well for Clermont when Peceli Yato crossed on 18 minutes but the visitors were well beaten in the end, with a late penalty try, converted by Morgan Parra, not even giving them the consolation of a bonus-point as they came up short.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Tries: Huget, Bonneval, Fickou
Con: Bezy
Pens: Fritz, Doussain, Bezy

For Clermont:
Tries: Yato, Penalty Try
Cons: Fernandez, Parra
Pens: Fernandez 2

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Arthur Bonneval, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Jean Marc Doussain, 9 Sebastien Bezy, 8 Francois Cros, 7 Talalelei Gray, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Iosefa Tekori, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Piula Faasalele, 19 Gregory Lamboley, 20 Carl Axtens, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Yann David, 23 Nicolaas Johannes Van Dyk

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Isaia Toeava, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Patricio Fernandez, 9 Charlie Cassang, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Peceli Yato, 5 Paul Jedrasiak, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Clement Ric, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Raphael Chaume
Replacements: 16 Yohan Beheregaray, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 19 Judicael Cancoriet, 20 Arthur Iturria, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Rémi Lamerat, 23 Aaron Jarvis

Referee: Pascal Gauzère