Top 14 Wrap: Toulon run rampant

Date published: March 11 2017

Bordeaux-Bègles, Lyon and Toulon claimed Top 14 wins on Saturday, with Brive and La Rochelle also picking up good victories.



Bordeaux-Bègles 46-14 Grenoble
Lyon 35-33 Stade Français
Toulon 82-14 Bayonne
Brive 21-19 Toulouse
Racing 92 15-38 La Rochelle

Bordeaux-Bègles 46-14 Grenoble
Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

Grenoble's season suffered another blow on Saturday as they were well beaten by Bordeaux-Bègles, going down 46-14 on their travels.

First-half tries from Romain Lonca, Louis-Benoit Madaule and Sebastien Taofifenua sent UBB on their way and Cyril Cazeaux, Ole Avei and Metuisela Talebula confirmed the victory after the break as they climb the table.

Grenoble meanwhile could only score one try through second-row Aly Muldowney as they find themselves staring relegation in the face.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Lonca, Madaule, Taofifenua, Cazeaux, Avei, Talebula
Cons: Hickey 4, Madigan
Pens: Hickey 2

For Grenoble:
Try: Muldowney
Pens: Bosch 3

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jayden Spence, 12 Romain Lonca, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis-Benoît Madaule, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Jandré Marais, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Sébastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Luke Jones, 19 Luke Baid, 20 Gauthie Doubee, 21 Ian Madigan, 22 Metuisela Talebula, 23 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Edward Sawailau, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 David Mélé, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Mahamadou Diaby, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Denis Coulson
Replacements: 16 Loïck Jammes, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Fabien Alexande, 20 Lilian Saseas, 21 Jonathan Wisniewski, 22 Clément Gelin, 23 Ali Oz

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Delpy, Jean-Luc Rebollal
TMO: Laurent Sclafer

Lyon 35-33 Stade Français
Matmut Stadium, Lyon

Lyon sealed an impressive 35-33 home victory over Stade Français, which is their eighth triumph of the season in a promising survival bid.

They were on the back foot from the outset however when Sekou Macalou scored in the first minute for the visitors and trailed 17-10 at the break as Waisea Nayacalevu's crossing cancelled out Lyon's penalty try.

But after the interval a further penalty try and scores from Carl Fearns and Delon Armitage to another Nayacalevu effort meant that Lyon would narrowly come out on top, sending Stade to an eleventh league loss.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Tries: Penalty Try 2, Fearns, Armitage
Cons: Michalak, Beauxis 2
Pens: Michalak, Beauxis 2
Red Card: Tuifua

For Stade Français:
Tries: Macalou, Nayacalevu 2
Cons: Plisson 3
Pens: Plisson 4
Red Card: Pape

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Frédéric Michalak, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Félix Lambey, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Albertus Buckle
Replacements: 16 Ti'I Paulo, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Taiasina Tuifua, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Nicolas Durand, 21 Deon Fourie, 22 Mike Harris, 23 David Attoub

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jonathan Ross, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Aled De Malmanche, 18 Pascal Papé, 19 Mathieu Ugena, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Paul Williams, 23 Giorgi Melikidze

Referee: Tual Trainini
Assistant Referees: Luc Ramos, Akim Hadj Bachir
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure 

Toulon 82-14 Bayonne
Stade Mayol, Toulon

Toulon put Bayonne to the sword at Stade Mayol on Saturday as they ran up a massive 82-14 score against the league's bottom side.

Mike Ford's outfit led 49-7 at the interval thanks to seven tries, which came from Liam Gill, Bryan Habana (2), Juan Smith, Axel Muler, a penalty try and Mathieu Bastareaud. Fly-half Pierre Bernard converted all of those.

The procession continued after the break as Toulon hit 70 points just after the hour mark, with back-row trio Smith, Gill and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe all crossing. The hosts were in no mood to let up with the scoring.

Levan Chilachava and Muler added further tries to the tally late on but it would be Bayonne who had the final say, through Pablo Huete.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Gill 2, Habana 2, Smith 2, Muler 2, Penalty Try, Bastareaud, Lobbe, Chilachava
Cons: Bernard 11

For Bayonne:
Tries: Lovobalavu, Huete
Cons: Bustos Moyano 2

Toulon15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Axel Muller, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Éric Escande, 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Laurent DelBoulbes
Replacements: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Samu Manoa, 19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Matt Giteau, 21 Ben Barba, 22 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 23 Levan Chilachava

Bayonne: 15 Martin Bustos Moyano, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Raphaël Lagarde, 9 Bastien Duhalde, 8 John Beattie, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Pablo Huete, 4 Pelu Taele, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Grégory Arganese, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Jose Ramon Ayarza, 18 Guillaume Ducat, 19 Jean-Blaise Lespinasse, 20 Manu Saubusse, 21 Benjamin Thiery, 22 Julien Jane, 23 Aretz Iguiniz

Referee: Maxime Chalon
Assistant Referees: Laurent Cardona, Eric Soulan
TMO: Denis Grenouillet

Brive 21-19 Toulouse
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

The league's top points scorer Gaëtan Germain kicked seven penalties to drive Brive to victory past Toulouse in the Top 14.

Toulouse's disappointing campaign continued as the visitors finished with 14 men following a red card for former England international Toby Flood.

Despite that it was Toulouse who went into the break ahead 19-12, having scored the only try of the contest through winger Arthur Bonneval.

But Germain's boot proved to be the difference, as the full-back finished with 21 points to see Brive past the post.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Pens: Germain 7
Yellow Card: Toetu

For Toulouse:
Try: Bonneval
Con: Flood
Pens: Flood 2, Doussain 2
Red Card: Flood

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Sevenaia Galala, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Petrus Hauman, 7 Poutasi Luafutu, 6 Saïd Hireche, 5 Sisa Koyamaibole, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Patrick-Albert Toetu, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Arnaud Mela, 19 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Seremaia Burotu, 23 Damien Jourdain

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Semi Kunatani, 13 Yann David, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Arthur Bonneval, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Talalelei Gray, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Joe Tekori, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Rodrigue Neti, 18 Piula Faasalele, 19 Gillian Galan, 20 François Cros, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Florian Fritz, 23 Census Johnston

Referee: Sébastien Minery
Assistant Referees: Adrien Descottes, Bruno Gabaldon
TMO: Patrick Péchamber

Racing 92 15-38 La Rochelle
Stade Yves Du Manoir, Colombes

League leaders La Rochelle continued to impress as they opened up an even larger gap at the top of the table over Clermont thanks to Saturday's win against defending champions Racing 92.

After winning away last weekend at Toulouse this was a much simpler task for La Rochelle, who never looked in doubt for the result after taking an early lead through tries from Victor Vito and Jone Qovu, plus a Brock James penalty.

Racing did hit back through Gerbrandt Grobler before Elliot Roudil grabbed La Rochelle's third try, making it 22-8 to the visitors at half-time.

Penalties from James extended the lead to 20 points before Leone Nakarawa close the gap, but Roudil's second try and a Jean Victor Goillot penalty put the result beyond doubt.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries: Grobler, Nakarawa
Con: Hart
Pen: Carter
Yellow Card: Imhoff

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Vito, Qovu, Roudil 2
Cons: James 2, Goillot
Pens: James 3, Goillot
Yellow Card: Corbel

Racing 92: 15 Sean Robinson, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 James Hart, 8 Leone Nakarawa, 7 Antonie Claassen, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Ben Tameifuna
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Thibault Dubarry, 19 Matthieu Voisin, 20 Mathieu Loree, 21 Rémi Talès, 22 Joe Rokocoko, 23 Cedate Gomes Sa

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Savenaca Rawaca, 11 Elliot Roudil, 10 Brock James, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jason Eaton, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Leandro Cedaro, 3 Lekso Kaulashvili, 2 Jérémie Maurouard, 1 Vincent Pelo
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Mike Corbel, 18 Mathieu Tanguy, 19 Levani Botia, 20 Jean Victor Goillot, 21 Benjamin Noble, 22 Paul Jordaan, 23 David Fe'ao

Referee: Cédric Marchat
Assistant Referees: Stéphane Boyer, Laurent Breil
TMO: Arnaud Blondel