Top 14 Wrap: Red cards in Agen

Date published: January 30 2016

Catch up on Saturday's action in the Top 14, including a second home loss in seven days for Clermont.

Agen and Grenoble both played the majority of their contest down to 14 men after two red cards, while Dan Carter scored his first try for his new new club Racing 92.


Clermont 15-19 Montpellier
Racing 92 26-3 Oyonnax
Castres 19-9 Bordeaux-Bègles
Agen 27-33 Grenoble
Toulouse 54-3 Pau

Racing 92 26-3 Oyonnax
Stade Yves du Manoir

Top 14 leaders Racing maintained first place in the competition with a bonus point win over visiting Oyonnax.

Nicky Robinson in truth missed multiple penalty attempts, and before that Quentin Etienne had a 40-metre effort for the visitors to open the scoring overall only for the full-back to miss.

Robinson's first penalty was an early response to a converted try from Henry Chavancy – on his 200th Racing appearance – but that was as good as it got the struggling visitors as they suffered their ninth loss of the campaign to remain firmly in the bottom two.

Argentina international Juan Imhoff was the next to score for the hosts, after a quickly-taken penalty by Mike Phillips, who took a 12-0 lead into half-time.

Dan Carter scored Racing's third try, and his first for his new club, by collecting a cross-field kick from Racing full-back Johan Goosen on the left wing.

Carter added his second conversion of the match, to stretch that lead even further going into the second half and securing the attacking bonus point.

Former France flanker Yannick Nyanga then wrapped things up in the 75th minute with try number four.

The scorers:

For Racing: 
Tries: Chavancy, Imhoff, Carter, Nyanga
Cons: Carter 3

For Oyonnax: 
Pen: Robinson

Racing: 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Davit Khinchagashvili, 18 Luke Charteris, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Maxime Machenaud, 21 Brice Dulin, 22 Joe Rokocoko, 23 Luc Ducalcon, 

Oyonnax: 15 Quentin Etienne, 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Jimmy Yobo, 12 Eamonn Sheridan, 11 Dug Codjo, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Fabien Cibray, 8 Olivier Missoup, 7 Viliami Ma'afu, 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 5 Valentin Ursache, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Antoine Guillamon, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Laurent Delboulbes
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Soane Tonga'uiha, 18 Leon Power, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Pierrick Gunther, 21 Julien Blanc, 22 Regis Lespinas, 23 Marc Clerc

Referee: Sébastien Minery 
Assistant Referees: Tual Trainini, Christophe Malterre 
TMO: Bernard Dal Maso

Castres 19-9 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Pierre Antoine

Johnnie Beattie's late try made sure of victory for Castres as they held off the in-form Bordeaux-Bègles.

Prior to the former Scotland international's try in the 74th minute the contest had been centred around the goalkicking of Castres fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta against Simon Hickey and Pierre Bernard for UBB.

Urdapilleta struck first in the 12th minute, doubling his tally after UBB coughed up a penalty in their own 22 under major defensive pressure.

The visitors paid the price for another cynical penalty when Loann Goujon was shown a yellow card, Urdapilleta making it 9-0 with his third penalty.

And a fourth strike soon followed after UBB conceded another breakdown penalty. Castres looked well in control at 12-0 but Hickey hit back with UBB's first points to leave them trailing by nine at the interval.

Hickey struck again after the break to close the gap before being replaced by Bernard, whose 60th-minute penalty set up a tense finish at 12-9.

But then Beattie scored the game's only try after collecting a wide pass from Urdapilleta, converted by the Argentina number ten.

Even with a late yellow card to Castres replacement Marc-Antoine Rallier, UBB found no way to upset the result.

The scorers:

For Castres: 
Try: Beattie
Con: Urdapilleta
Pens: Urdapilleta 4
Yellow Card: Rallier

For UBB: 
Pens: Hickey 2, Bernard
Yellow Card: Goujon

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Piula Faasalele, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Karena Wihongi, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Mihai Lazar
16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Mathieu Babillot, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Francois Fontaine, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Eric Sione

UBB: 15 Jean-Marcelin Buttin, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Jefferson Poirot
16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Marco Tauleigne, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Nans Ducuing, 23 Sekope Kepu

Referee: Maxime Chalon 
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Ruiz, Jacques De Lemos 
TMO: Gérard Borreani

Agen 27-33 Grenoble
Stade Armandie

Agen and Grenoble each had a man sent off in the 33rd minute of their Top 14 clash on Saturday, with Grenoble eventually running out as narrow winners.

As a result Agen suffered their 12th straight defeat in all competitions.

Burton Francis opened the scoring for the hosts with a penalty before the visitors scored the first try – Nigel Hunt and Jonathan Wisniewski showing slick hands to play in Chris Farrell.

Agen responded almost instantly with a try for Johann Sadie, after good work from Arsene Nnomo, to re-take the lead.

Wisniewski's first penalty put Grenoble back ahead, another effort then making it 8-13, before the huge fight took place which after a look from the TMO resulted in red cards for Agen's Remy Vaquin and Grenoble's Sona Taumalolo.

A rumbling maul resulted in a Grenoble try for hooker Arnaud Heguy and with Wisniewski's conversion and then a penalty, Grenoble led 23-8 at half-time.

Agen had to rally and started doing so through three Francis penalties in 16 minutes to make it 17-23. 

Wisniewski missed his first effort of the night from 40 metres out but it didn't matter given Grenoble scored their third try not long after, the fly-half combining with Hunt again.

Filipo Nakosi's brilliant work on the wing helped Sadie score his second try for Agen before Francis and Wisniewki traded penalties late on, meaning Agen secured a losing bonus point for their efforts.

The scorers:

For Agen: 
Tries: Sadie 2
Con: Francis
Pens: Francis 4
Red Card: Vaquin

For Grenoble: 
Tries: Farrell, Heguy, Hunt
Cons: Wisniewski 3
Pens: Wisniewski 4
Red Card: Taumalolo

Agen: 15 Mathieu Lamoulie, 14 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Clement Darbo, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Remy Vaquin, 6 Sione Tau, 5 William Demotte, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Dave Ryan, 2 Mike Tadjer, 1 Arsene Nnomo
16 Jalil Narjissi, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Denis Marchois, 19 Antoine Erbani, 20 Alexis Bales, 21 François Bouvier, 22 George Tilsley, 23 Ruaan du Preez

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Steven Setephano, 5 Peter Kimlin, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Sona Taumalolo
16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 James Percival, 19 Mahamadou Diaby, 20 Christophe Loustalot, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Fabien Gengenbacher, 23 Dayna Edwards

Referee: Cyril Lafon 
Assistant Referees: Laurent Cardona, Laurent Breil 
TMO: Sébastien Cloute

Toulouse 54-3 Pau
Stade Ernest Wallon

Toulouse wiped the floor with Pau in the late Top 14 game on Saturday, finishing with eight tries including two each for Sébastien Bezy and Maxime Médard.

Bezy, called up by France for the Six Nations, converted seven of the eight tries to finish with an impressive total of 24 points.

It took Toulouse just two minutes to score their first try, a long passage of play in the Pau 22 ending in a try for centre Gaël Fickou.

Former All Blacks fly-half Colin Slade responded shortly after with a penalty to make the score 7-3, but that was as close as the visitors got.

Fickou turned provider as he set up Médard for his first score and he was shortly followed over by Bézy after the scrum-half found the line after taking a quick penalty.

Life for Pau was made worse by a yellow card for Sireli Bobo. Bézy soon crossed for his second try as Toulouse took a huge 28-3 lead into half-time.

Yacouba Camara's big carry set up Florian Fritz to put away Médard for his second score after the break, once again converted by Bézy. 

The pick of the bunch arguably came with the sixth try, by Paul Perez, with Imanol Harinordoquy flicking the ball through his legs to release the wing into the corner.

Gregory Lamboley and Vincent Clerc – with his 95th try in the Top 14 – finished off the rout.

For Toulouse: 
Tries: Fickou, Médard 2, Bézy 2, Perez, Lamboley, Clerc
Cons: Bézy 7

For Pau:
Pen: Slade
Yellow Card: Bobo

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Paul Perez, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Imanol Harinordoquy, 20 Gillian Galan, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Dorian Aldegheri

Pau: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Sireli Bobo, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Jeremy Hurou, 7 Jean Bouilhou, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Daniel Ramsay, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Chris King, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Julien Jacquot
16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Geoffrey Moise, 18 Claude Dry, 19 Sean Dougall, 20 Samuel Marques, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Julien Fumat, 23 Juan Pablo Orlandi

Referee: Adrien Descottes 
Assistant Referees: Cédric Clave, Laurent Sclafer 
TMO: Bruno Bessot