Top 14 Wrap: Toulouse edge Toulon

Date published: April 30 2016

Toulouse claimed a morale-boosting 12-10 triumph at Toulon on Saturday as they stayed in touch with the Top 14's top four.

In the other results, Castres, Agen, Montpellier and Oyonnax picked up home wins before Bordeaux-Bègles beat Stade Français in the late match.

Saturday's results

Toulon 10-12 Toulouse
Castres 37-6 Pau
Agen 37-19 Brive
Montpellier 51-10 Grenoble
Oyonnax 17-16 La Rochelle
Bordeaux-Bègles 35-25 Stade Français

Sunday fixture

Racing 92 v Clermont

Toulon v Toulouse
Allianz Riviera, Toulon

Despite a last minute try from Juan Smith, Toulon fell agonisingly short in their 12-10 loss at home to Toulouse in the Top 14 on Saturday.

The win allowed Toulouse to temporarily edge to within three points of fourth placed Racing 92, with the latter having a game in hand against the table topping Clermont on Sunday.

Former Springbok flank Smith scored the game's only try in the 79th minute as the form of France international Sébastien Bézy and veteran inside centre Florian Fritz off the tee helped the visitors to a rare win on Toulon soil.

Eric Escande added the only points for the home side in the first half but it was the boot of Bézy that had the edge over his opposite number when he slotted two penalties as the players headed into the last fifteen minutes.

The three-time European champions introduced their replacements in a plight to exert their dominance over the visitors, Smith along with Mathieu Bastareaud and Jean Charles Orioli were brought on as impact players.

Fritz took over the kicking from Bézy and the 32-year-old Toulouse veteran calmly slotted what ultimately became the winning penalty in the 68th minute before Smith's late try.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Try: Smith
Con: Pelissie
Pen: Escande

For Toulouse:
Pens: Bezy 2, Fritz 2

Toulon: 15 Quade Cooper, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Manasa Saulo Romumu, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini
Replacements: 16 Jean Charles Orioli, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Thibault Lassalle, 19 Juan Smith, 20 Mathieu Bastareaud, 21 Drew Mitchell, 22 Jonathan Pelissie, 23 Levan Chilachava

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Yann David, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Paul Perez, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Sebastien Bezy, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Talalelei Gray, 6 Imanol Harinordoquy, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Gregory Lamboley, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Edwin Maka, 19 Gillian Galan, 20 François Cros, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Gael Fickou, 23 Dorian Aldegheri

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Castres 37-6 Pau
Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres

Castres claimed a bonus-point victory over Pau on Saturday that keeps them in the top six places in the Top 14.

Pau were never in this fixture and had only two Thibault Daubagna penalties to show for their efforts at the final whistle.

First-half scores from Geoffrey Palis and Ben Urdapilleta set the hosts on their way before Karena Wihongi, David Smith and Marc-Antoine Rallier (2) sealed victory in the second period as Castres now move to within three points of Toulouse.

The scorers:

For Castres: 
Tries: Palis, Urdapilleta, Wihongi, Smith, Rallier 2
Cons: Urdapilleta 2
Pen: Urdapilleta

For Pau:
Pens: Daubagna 2

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Florian Vialelle, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 David Smith, 10 Ben Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Mathieu Babillot, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Mihai Lazar
Replacements: 16 Julien Beziat, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Piula Faasalele, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Thomas Combezou, 23 Karena Wihongi

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Julien Fumat, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Bastien Pourailly, 10 Brandon Fajardo, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Paddy Butler, 6 Loic Bernad, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Daniel Ramsay, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Julien Jacquot
Replacements: 16 Mehdi Boundjema, 17 Jeremy Hurou, 18 Claude Dry, 19 Sean Dougall, 20 Thierry Lacrampe, 21 Damien Traille, 22 Mathieu Acebes, 23 Giorgi Natsarashvili

Referee: Adrien Descottes

Agen 37-19 Brive
Stade Armandie, Agen

Agen claimed only their fourth win of the league season on Saturday as they shocked Brive in a bonus-point win.

Brive, who were pushing for a top six spot, were thumped by the Top 14's bottom side who ran in five tries at Stade Armandie.

Lionel Mazars, Mathieu Lamoulie, Filipo Nakosi, George Tilsley and Marc Barthomeuf scored Agen's tries in front of their fans while Sisa Koyamaibole was Brive's lone try-scorer, with the win leaving Agen a point off Oyonnax.

The scorers:

For Agen: 
Tries: Mazars, Lamoulie, Nakosi, Tilsley, Barthomeuf
Cons: Francis 3
Pens: Francis 2

For Brive:
Try: Koyamaibole
Con: Germain
Pens: Germain 4

Agen: 15 Mathieu Lamoulie, 14 George Tilsley, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Lionel Mazars, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Paul Abadie, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Sione Tau, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 4 William Demotte, 3 Dave Ryan, 2 Jalil Narjissi, 1 Arsene Nnomo
Replacements: 16 Marc Barthomeuf, 17 Giorgi Tetrashvili, 18 Denis Marchois, 19 Remy Vaquin, 20 Clement Darbo, 21 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 22 Leka Tagotago, 23 Arthur Joly

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Alfi Mafi, 13 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 12 Benjamin Petre, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Thomas Laranjeira, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Poutasi Luafutu, 6 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 5 Dominiko Waqaniburotukula, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Francois Da Ros, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Victor Lebas, 19 Said Hireche, 20 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 21 Nicolas Bezy, 22 Arnaud Mignardi, 23 Kevin Buys

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Montpellier 51-10 Grenoble
Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Montpellier took a firm grip of second place in the Top 14 after demolishing Grenoble at Altrad Stadium on Saturday.

With Toulon having lost at home to Toulouse earlier in the day, Montpol's success pushes them five points clear of the former.

Tries for the hosts were scored by Marvin O'Connor, Davit Kubriashvili, Kelian Galletier, Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Steyn, Timoci Nagusa and Jacques Du Plessis, with Arnaud Heguy adding Grenoble's one score.

The scorers:

For Montpellier:
Tries: O'Connor, Kubriashvili, Galletier, B du Plessis, Steyn, Nagusa, J Du Plessis
Cons: White 3, Paillaugue 2
Pens: White 2

For Grenoble:
Try: Heguy
Con: Gelin
Pen: Gelin

Montpellier: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Nic White, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wian Liebenberg, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Thibault Privat, 4 Jacques Du Plessis, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 19 Kelian Galletier, 20 Benoit Paillaugue, 21 Anthony Floch, 22 Julien Malzieu, 23 Nicolas Mas

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Xavier Mignot, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Gilles Bosch, 9 James Hart, 8 Dylan Hayes, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 James Percival, 4 Thomas Jolmes, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Fabien Barcella
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Steven Setephano, 20 Lilian Saseras, 21 Clement Gelin, 22 Daniel Kilioni, 23 Walter Desmaison

Referee: Cedric Marchat

Oyonnax 17-16 La Rochelle
Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax

It was a close-fought battle at Stade Charles Mathon but Oyonnax came out on top, seeing off La Rochelle 17-16.

In fact La Rochelle led 7-8 at the half-time interval thanks to a penalty from Zack Holmes to go with Pierre Aguillon's try, with scrum-half Julien Blanc's converted try on 35 minutes the home side's timely response.

The game remained close until the end as a further try apiece from La Rochelle's Julien Audy and Oyonnax's Uwanakaro Tawalo meant it was 14-13 to the hosts, thanks to Quentin Etienne Lecoq's successful extras.

Lucas Chouvet then made it 17-13 before Holmes struck with a penalty of his own on 72 minutes, but Oyonnax held on for a rare victory.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Tries: Blanc, Tawalo
Cons: Lecoq 2
Pen: Chouvet

For La Rochelle: 
Tries: Aguillon, Audy
Pens: Holmes 2

Oyonnax: 15 Florian Denos, 14 Dug Codjo, 13 Alaska Taufa, 12 Roimata Hansell-Pune, 11 Uwanakaro Tawalo, 10 Quentin Etienne, 9 Julien Blanc, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Pierrick Gunther, 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 5 Geoffrey Fabbri, 4 Leon Power, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Lukas Rapant
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bordes, 17 Soane Tonga'uiha, 18 Shay Kerry, 19 Bilel Taieb, 20 Fabien Cibray, 21 Lucas Chouvet, 22 Jimmy Yobo, 23 Antoine Guillamon

La Rochelle: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Elliot Roudil, 13 Alofa Alofa, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Gabriel Lacroix, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Julien Audy, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Jason Eaton, 6 Romain Sazy, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Benjamin Geledan, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 19 Zeno Kieft, 20 Afaesetiti Amosa, 21 Ricky Januarie, 22 Anthony Fuertes, 23 David Fe'ao

Referee: Maxime Chalon

Bordeaux-Bègles 35-25 Stade Français
Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux

Bordeaux-Bègles held off a second-half surge from Stade Français to claim victory and stay in touch with the top six.

UBB were cruising at half-time with a 25-6 cushion after Adam Ashley-Cooper, a penalty try and Clement Maynadier got them out of the blocks in clinical style, with fly-haf Simon Hickey firing over ten points as well.

Then came a response from Stade after the break as they hit back through Jeremy Sinzelle, Waisea Nayacalevu and Meyer Bosman before a try on 69 minutes from Metuisela Talebula sealed victory for the hosts.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Ashley-Cooper, Penalty, Maynadier, Talebula
Con: Hickey 2, Bernard
Pen: Hickey 2, Bernard

For Stade Français:
Tries: Sinzelle, Nayacalevu, Bosman
Con: Steyn 2
Pen: Steyn 2

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Metuisela Talebula Maijaina, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 5 Jan Andre Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Benat Auzqui, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Cyril Cazeaux, 19 Matthew Clarkin, 20 Gauthier Doubrere, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Francisco Gomez Kodela

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jeremy Sinzelle, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Clement Daguin, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Sylvain Nicolas,6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Zak Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Remy Bonfils, 17 Zurab Zhvania, 18 Pascal Pape, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Jonathan Danty, 23 Rabah Slimani

Referee: Laurent Cardona