Top 14 Wrap: Racing return to first place

Date published: March 5 2016

Pau stunned champions Stade Français while there were big wins for Racing 92 and UBB in the Top 14 on Saturday.

Grenoble 12-45 Clermont

Brive 21-21 Toulouse
Pau 19-12 Stade Français
Racing 92 38-13 Agen
Bordeaux-Bègles 48-20 Oyonnax
Montpellier 22-19 Castres

La Rochelle v Toulon

Pau 19-12 Stade Français
Stade du Hameau, Pau

Pau inflicted more misery on Top 14 champions Stade Français after picking up a much-needed win in their bid to avoid relegation.

As a result Pau move 13 points clear of the bottom two spots in the league.

France fly-half Jules Plisson knocked over three penalties to two from Pau's Samuel Marques in the first quarter as Stade held a slender lead, the score remaining the same by half-time.

Paddy Butler's converted try after 45 minutes put the hosts infront for the first time, followed by another Marques penalty to give Pau a 16-9 lead.

Plisson and Colin Slade traded further penalties, but Stade couldn't overcome the deficit as Pau picked up their sixth win of the season.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Try: Butler
Con: Marques
Pens: Marques 3, Slade

For Stade Français:
Pens: Plisson 4

Pau: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Julian Fumat, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Samuel Marques, 8 Paddy Butler, 7 Jovili Domolailai, 6  Loic Bernad, 5 Daniel Ramsay, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Julien Jacquot
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Chris King, 18 Brice Monzeglio, 19 Giovanni Kueffner, 20 Thibault Daubagna, 21 Santiago Fernandez, 22 Watsioni Votu, 23 Euan Murray

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Thomas, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Antoine  Burban, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Emmanuel Felsina
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Zurab Zhvania, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Sekou Macalou, 20 Clement Daguin, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Jonathan Danty, 23 Rabah Slimani

Referee: Romain Poite

Racing 92 38-13 Agen
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

Racing ran five tries past Agen, who were given an impressive four yellow cards by referee Adrien Descottes.

Dan Carter's penalty opened the scoring before Racing crossed for their first try through France flanker Bernard le Roux, after Agen had already lost lock Corentin Braendlin to the bin.

Agen's George Tilsley crossed in response but a try from Virgile Lacombe, converted by Carter, gave Racing a 17-10 lead at the break.

Two penalties from Agen number ten Burton Francis either side of the interval closed the gap before Racing accelerated away.

Agen lost Mike Tadjer and Arthur Joly to the sin-bin for dangerous tackles either side of Lacombe's second try, with Joe Rokocoko and Juandré Kruger rounding off another impressive win as Racing go first again in the table.

The scorers:

For Racing:
Tries: Le Roux, Lacombe 2, Rokocoko, Kruger
Cons: Carter 4, Dambielle
Pen: Carter
Yellow Card: Tameifuna

For Agen:
Try: Tilsley
Con: Francis
Pens: Francis 2
Yellow Cards: Braendlin, Tadjer, Joly, Mchedlidze

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin , 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Davit Khinchagashvili
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Juandre Kruger, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Maxime Javaux, 21 Johan Goosen, 22 Joe Rokocoko, 23 Ben Tameifuna  

Agen: 15 Filipo Nakosi, 14 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Pierre Fouyssac, 11 George Tilsley, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Alexis Bales, 8 Marc Baget-Rabarou, 7 Sione Tau, 6 Remy Vaquin, 5 Corentin Braendlin, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Mike Tadjer, 1 Giorgi Tetrashvili
Replacements: 16 Marc Barthomeuf, 17 Arsene Nnomo, 18 William Demotte, 19 Denis Marchois, 20 Paul Abadie, 21 Eroni Vasiteri, 22 Mathieu Lamoulie, 23 Daveyan

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Bordeaux-Bègles 48-20 Oyonnax
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick in UBB's big win over struggling Oyonnax.

Ashley-Cooper's treble was part of seven scores for the home side in another impressive victory, as they climb into the top four.

Uwa Tawalo's first-minute try gave Oyonnax the perfect start before Ashley-Cooper crossed twice in four minutes to put UBB back in control.

Peter Saili was the next to score for the hosts to open up a 24-7 lead, with Nicky Robinson's penalty reducing the deficit to 14 points by half-time.

Alaska Taufa's try added to the Oyonnax comeback before UBB raced ahead, Steven Kitshoff followed over by Ashley-Cooper for his hat-trick.

Jody Jenneker dotted down for the visitors' third try before Kitshoff's second score, and a final five-pointer from Felix le Bourhis rounded off a huge victory.

The scorers:

For UBB:
Tries: Ashley-Cooper 3, Saili, Kitshoff 2, Le Bourhis
Cons: Bernard 4, Hickey
Pen: Bernard
Yellow Card: Lonca

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Tawalo, Taufa, Jenneker
Con: Robinson
Pen: Robinson
Yellow Cards: Fa'asavalu

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean-Marcelin Buttin, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Felix le Bourhis, 12 Romain Lonca, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 5 Berend Botha, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Benat Auzqui, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Jan Andre Marais, 19 Hugh Chalmers, 20 Baptiste Serin, 21 Simon Hickey, 22 Metuisela Talebula, 23 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Oyonnax: 15 Silvere Tian, 14 Alaska Taufa, 13 Eamon Sheridan, 12 Roimata Hansell-Pune, 11 Uwa Tawalo, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Arthur Aziza, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Patrick Sobela, 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 5 Geoffrey Fabbri, 4 Leon Power, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Laurent DelBoulbes
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Lukas Rapant, 18 Fabrice Metz, 19 Valentin Ursache, 21 Fabien Cibray, 22 Quentin Etienne Lecoq, 23 Antoine Guillamon

Referee: Tual Trainini

Montpellier 22-19 Castres
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Jake White's Montpellier edged out Castres in the late game on Saturday thanks to the boots of their kickers, Demetri Catrakilis and François Trinh-Duc.

Benjamin Urdapilleta opened the scoring with a penalty for the visitors before Catrakilis responded prior to the game's first try.

Castres full-back Geoffrey Palis was the man to finish, with Urdapilleta converting for a 10-3 lead.

Catrakilis hit back with a penalty on the half-hour mark, the visitors then losing Piula Faasalele to a yellow card as Montpellier looked to have had the final say of the half thanks to Akapusi Qera's converted try. 

Urdapilleta's penalty in response however levelled the scores at 13-13 by half-time.

Catrakilis and replacement Rory Kockott traded three-pointers after the break in a tense second half, with two strikes late on from Trinh-Duc to one from Kockott proving to be the difference.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Try: Qera
Con: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis 3, Trinh-Duc 2

For Castres:
Try: Palis
Con: Urdapilleta
Pens: Urdapilleta 2, Kockott 2
Yellow Cards: Faasalele, Lazar

Montpellier: 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13obert Ebersohn, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Jesse Mogg, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Akapusi Qera, 7 Wian Liebenberg, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Jacques Du Plessis, 19 Pierre Spies, 20 Nic White, 21 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Benjamin Fall, 23 Nicolas Mas

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Julien Caminati, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 David Smith, 10 Ben Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Piula Faasalele, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Mihai Lazar
16 Brice Mach, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 19 Mathieu Babillot, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Lucas Martinez

Referee: Laurent Cardona