Top 14 Wrap: Toulon, Brive and Toulouse win

Date published: August 27 2016

Toulon bounced back from last week's shock loss at Bayonne as they defeated Pau while Brive saw off Stade Français on home soil.

17 points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny proved key as Toulon conceded two tries to the one scored by number eight Charles Ollivon.

In the other fixtures, La Rochelle won at Grenoble, Racing 92 proved too strong for Lyon while Bayonne and Castres played out a draw, with Toulouse getting the better of Bordeaux-Bègles in the late Top 14 game.


Pau 18-22 Toulon
Grenoble 19-22 La Rochelle
Racing 92 29-16 Lyon
Bayonne 12-12 Castres
Brive 28-20 Stade Français
Toulouse 22-17 Bordeaux-Bègles


Montpellier v Clermont

Pau 18-22 Toulon
Stade du Hameau, Pau

17 points from Leigh Halfpenny's boot helped Toulon claim their first victory over the season as they saw off Pau 22-18.

Toulon led 9-8 at the interval thanks to three Halfpenny penalties with Watisoni Votu crossing for a 17th minute try for the hosts.

Halfpenny and Thibault Daubagna then traded three points apiece before the Welshman landed another kick just before the hour.

When Charles Ollivon crossed for Toulon to put them into a 22-11 lead with 17 minutes remaining, the result looked wrapped up.

But credit to Pau who scored through replacement hooker Quentin Lespiaucq, as they took a losing bonus-point for their efforts.

The scorers:

For Pau:
Tries: Votu, Lespiaucq
Con: Slade
Pens: Slade, Daubagna

For Toulon:
Try: Ollivon
Con: Halfpenny
Pens: Halfpenny 5

Pau: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Abdellatif Boutaty, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Jérémy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Chris King, 18 Daniel Ramsay, 19 Fabrice Metz, 20 Charlie Malié, 21 Thierry Lacrampe, 22 Pierrick Gunther, 23 Malik Hamadache

Toulon: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Maxime Mermoz, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Jimmy Yobo, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Charles Ollivon, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 1 Florian Fresia
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Laurent Delboulbès, 18 Samu Manoa, 19 Mamuka Gorgodze, 20 Juan-Martín Fernandez-Lobbe, 21 Pierre Bernard, 22 Jonathan Pélissié, 23 Xavier Chiocci

Referee: Mathieu Raynal

Grenoble 19-22 La Rochelle
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

La Rochelle came from behind away from home against Grenoble to pull off a 22-19 victory at the Stade des Alpes.

Grenoble improved upon their dismal outing in Round 1 away to Stade Français – when they shipped over 50 points – to lead at the break, thanks to Gio Aplon’s converted try and two penalties from the boot of Jonathan Wisniewski.

La Rochelle had been kept in the game up to half-time thanks to tries from Zeno Kieft and Hika Forbes, with a conversion from new signing Brock James, to trail by a point at the break 12-13.

It was the visitors who then went ahead at the start of the second, Pierre Aguillon setting up Zack Holmes for a score converted by James to make it 19-13.

Wisniewski and James traded further penalties to leave the scoreline finally poised in the closing stages at 22-19, as La Rochelle clung on for the victory.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Try: Aplon
Con: Wisniewski
Pens: Wisniewski 4

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Kieft, Forbes, Holmes
Cons: James 2
Pen: James

Grenoble: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Armand Batlle, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Sisa Waqa, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 David Mélé, 8 Dylan Hayes, 7 Steven Setephano, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Walter Desmaison, 2 Loick Jammes, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet, 17 Alexandre Dardet, 18 Mathias Marie, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Edward Sawailau, 23 Dayna Edwards

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Zack Holmes, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Steeve Barry, 10 Brock James, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Jone Qovu, 7 Zeno Kieft, 6 Kevin Gourdon, 5 Leandro Cedaro, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hika Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Maxime Gau, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Damien Lagrange, 19 Romain Sazy, 20 Arthur Retière, 21 Anthony Fuertes, 22 Paul Jordaan, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi

Referee: Tual Trainini

Racing 92 29-16 Lyon
Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes

Defending champions Racing 92 brushed past newcomers Lyon with a bonus-point win on Saturday.

Following their opening day loss away to UBB this was an instant turnaround from Racing, with centre Henry Chavancy scoring two tries, one either side of half-time.

Frédéric Michalak opened the scoring for Lyon with a penalty and that lead lasted for 14 minutes before Racing responded after a Dan Carter miss.

Juan Imhoff, fresh from featuring in the Sevens at the Olympics in Rio, was put away from an inside ball by Carter to score. Carter couldn’t land the conversion.

Chavancy was next to score with his first try of the match, converted by Carter, but two penalties from Michalak cut the gap to 12-9 by the interval.

Lyon then went down to 14 men at the start of the second half when another new signing, Delon Armitage, was sin-binned for a high tackle for Casey Laulala, and from there Racing pounced. Luc Ducalcon powered his way over before Chavancy grabbed his second after good work from Laulala.

Lyon did hit back with a try from Cameron Mapusua as Racing finished the game with 14 men after Olivier Missoup’s yellow card, but it was too little too late for an upset.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries: Imhoff, Chavancy 2, Ducalcon
Cons: Carter 3
Pen: Carter
Yellow Card: Missoup

For Lyon:
Try: Mapusua
Con: Michalak
Pen: Michalak 3
Yellow Card: Armitage

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 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 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Olivier Missoup, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Albert Vulivuli, 23 Luc Ducalcon

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Mike Harris, 12 Théo Belan, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Freddie Michalak, 9 Agustin Figuerola, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Maselino Paulo, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickael Ivaldi, 1 Alexandre Menini
Replacements: 16 Cameron Mapusua, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Taiasina Tuifua, 19 Deon Fourie, 20 Baptiste Couilloud, 21 Thibaut Regard, 22 Henry Clunies-Ross, 23 Stéphane Clément

Referee: Pierre Brousset

Bayonne 12-12 Castres
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne

Bayonne and Castres played out a 12-12 draw in their clash as two late penalties from Willie du Plessis proved crucial.

Castres led 6-3 at the break thanks to two penalties from Benjamin Urdapilleta to Du Plessis' one in a low-scoring opening 40.

Bayonne, who were looking to back up last week's win over Toulon, could not bust the Castres try-line and had to rely on three more Du Plessis points in the 48th minute. However, Urdapilleta had earlier added his third penalty before a fourth arrived on 55 minutes.

At 12-6, Castres were looking good for the victory but with 10 minutes remaining two penalties from Du Plessis locked things up at 12-12.

That was how things stayed at Stade Jean Dauger as a try-less encounter ended with both teams sharing the spoils to stay unbeaten.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Pens: Du Plessis 4

For Castres:
Pens: Urdapilleta 4

Bayonne: 15 Martín Bustos Moyano, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Julien Jané, 11 Romain Martial, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Guillaume Rouet, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Grégory Arganèse, 1 Davit Khinchagashvili
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 Jérôme Schuster, 18 Dion Oulai, 19 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 20 Emmanuel Saubusse, 21 Gabi Lovabalavu, 22 Julien Tisseron, 23 Richard Choirat

Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Loïc Jacquet, 3 Damien Tussac, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Victor Moreaux, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Afusima Taumopeau, 22 Julien Dumora, 23 Yohan Montès

Referee: Maxime Chalon

Brive 28-20 Stade Français
Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Brive followed up last week's draw at Lyon with a 28-20 victory over Stade Français, with Gaëtan Germain scoring 25 of his team's points.

An entertaining opening 40 minutes saw Brive go in 16-13 to the good and their points all came from Germain, who scored a try, conversion and three penalties. In reply the Parisians carded a Sergio Parisse try while Jules Plisson kicked the extra two points and two penalties.

But after the break it was all Brive as the boot of steady full-back Germain, as it has so often in the past, proved decisive. He struck a further three penalties before the hour mark that pushed Brive into a 25-13 lead with a quarter of the game left.

Stade Français did rally in the 75th minute when replacement Hugo Bonneval crossed for a converted try but Brive held on for a narrow win.

The scorers:

For Brive:
Try: Germain
Con: Germain
Pens: Germain 6, Laranjeira

For Stade Français:
Tries: Parisse, Bonneval
Cons: Plisson 2
Pens: Plisson 2

Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Sevanaia Galala, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Fabien Sanconnie, 7 Saïd Hirèche, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Peet Marais, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Damien Jourdain, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 François Da Ros, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 20 Jean-Baptiste Péjoine, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Benjamin Lapeyre, 23 Kevin Buys

Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Jérémy Sinzelle, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Waisea, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Sylvain Nicolas 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Laurent Sempéré, 1 Zurabi Zhvania
Replacements: 16 Rémi Bonfils, 17 Aled de Malmanche, 18 Hugh Pyle, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Clément Daguin, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Hugo Bonneval, 23 Rabah Slimani

Referee: Cedric Marchat

Toulouse 22-17 Bordeaux-Bègles
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Toulouse made it two wins out of two in the early season as they picked up a 22-17 win over Bordeaux-Bègles.

The game was try-less until the 67th minute as only the boots of Sébastien Bézy, Lionel Beauxis and Ian Madigan had troubled the scorers.

In the first-half, Bézy sent over three penalties to Beauxis' two and Madigan's one, which meant the contest was locked up at nine apiece.

Bézy then struck in the 50th and 56th minute to push Toulouse six points clear before Madigan reduced that gap back down to three points.

The home outfit finally broke the try-scoring deadlock though when replacement hooker Julien Marchand went over but with full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin hitting back four minutes later, the game was far from over with Toulouse leading 22-17 due to their extras being missed.

Toulouse managed to hold on though for the victory while Bordeaux-Bègles had the small consolation of going home with a bonus point.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Try: Marchand
Con: Bézy
Pens: Bézy 5

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Try: Buttin
Pens: Beauxis 2, Madigan 2

Toulouse: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Sébastien Bézy, 8 Tala Grey, 7 Piula Fa’aselele, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Grégory Lamboley, 20 Gillian Galan, 21 Samuel Marques, 22 Sofiane Guitoune, 23 Dorian Aldegheri

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Geoffrey Cros, 13 Jayden Spence, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Ronan Chambord, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Beñat Auzqui, 17 Sébastien Taofifénua, 18 Johan Aliouat, 19 Marco Tauleigne, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Josaia Vakacegu, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Vadim Cobilas

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz