Stade shut out Toulon; Castres top

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:33
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European champions Toulon failed to go back to the summit of the French Top 14 table after they were shocked 23-0 by Stade Francais in Paris on Saturday.

European champions Toulon failed to go back to the summit of the French Top 14 table after they were shocked 23-0 by Stade Francais in Paris on Saturday.

Bernard Laporte's team had lost top spot to Clermont on Friday after the Vulcans came from behind to win 30-23 at Perpignan.

Champions Castres continued their fine form of late - they have three wins and a draw from their last four matches - by running in six tries in a 46-16 thrashing of struggling Bayonne, who dropped into the relegation zone.

Any sort of victory at the Stade Jean-Bouin would have taken Toulon, who rested many first-choice regulars, back above the team they beat in last season's European Cup Final.

Despite the reverse, Laporte insisted he was not worried.

"I'm not concerned, we had a good discussion," he said.

"Although at times my morale is at zero, had we scored what we should have scored here, we'd have won."

It was the first time Toulon had been blanked out since a stunning 41-0 humiliation at Bordeaux-Begles in February.

"On the whole, it was us who had the ball but we conceded two assassins tries," said Laporte, who was more concerned about keeping some stars fresh for next week's trip to Exeter in the European Cup.

But after a turgid first half that featured a single successful penalty from Julien Dupuy, Stade took control after the break.

Dupuy added two more place-kicks before flyhalf Jules Plisson dived through a gap between France playmaker Frederic Michalak and Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni to score on 58 minutes, with Dupuy kicking the extras.

Shorn of England legend Jonny Wilkinson, Toulon were lacking in any sort of creative spark as Michalak failed to inspire, being replaced on the hour mark at flyhalf by Australian Matt Giteau.

Stade put the gloss on their performance in the final minute as Geoffrey Dumayrou went over with Plisson's replacement Morne Steyn, the South African flyhalf kicking the conversion.

"It really is a great pleasure and it puts us in the top six at the halfway point in the season," said Stade's coach Jeff Dubois.

"When we play at this level we have to understand our potential."

Castres moved up to third with their victory.

Romain Cabannes, New Zealander Daniel Kirkpatrick, Brice Dulin, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Ibrahim Diarra and Romain Martial all crossed for the title-holders while All Black wing Joe Rokocoko scored the Basques' try.

Grenoble kept Toulouse off the Top 14 summit with a 25-18 success at home.

Although Toulouse outscored the hosts with two tries from New Zealander Hosea Gear and Maxime Medard to one from Julien Caminati, Irish scrumhalf James Hart kicked 20 points to hand Grenoble victory.

Grenoble are seventh, just one point off the top six while Toulouse are in fourth, but level on points with Toulon and Castres.

Basement-sitters Biarritz blew a 12-3 lead early in the second half against Bordeaux-Begles before conceding three tries to lose 15-22.

Dimitri Yachvili and Takudzwa Ngwenya had put them in the driving seat with scores in the 22nd and 42nd minutes but Bordeaux-Begles came roaring back with Louis-Benoit Madaule (54), Fiji's Metuisela Talebula (64) and Julien Rey crossing the whitewash to inspire them to victory.

Biarritz remain eight points from safety.

Racing Metro bounced back from their recent poor form - they had four defeats from five coming into this match - with a 17-12 victory over Montpellier.

France wing Benjamin Fall scored the only try of the game 15 minutes into the second half as Racing stayed in the play-off picture, moving to within three points of Montpellier in the crucial sixth spot.

Oyannax moved out of the bottom two with a 26-9 win at home to fellow top flight newboys Brive.

On Friday, Fiji centre Noa Nakaitaci, scrumhalf Thierry Lacrampe and left wing Julien Malzieu scored tries for Clermont while the Catalan hosts earned a losing bonus thanks to a penalty try and a score from new France wing Sofiane Guitoune.

Wales international flyhalf James Hook kicked two conversions and three penalties for Perpignan.

All the weekend’s results and scorers:

Friday, November 29:

Perpignan 23-30 Clermont

The scorers:

For Perpignan:
Penalty try, Guitoune
Cons: Hook 2
Pens: Hook 3

For Clermont:
Nakaitaci, Lacrampe, Malzieu
Cons: Delany 2, James
Pens: Delany, James 2

Yellow cards: Nathan Hines (Clermont), Clement Ric (Clermont)

Perpignan: 15 James Hook, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 David Marty, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Alasdair Strokosch, 6 Justin Purll, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Giorge Jgenti, 2 Romain Terrain, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua,
Replacements: 16 Maxime Delonca, 17 Kisi Pulu, 18 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 19 Karl Chateau, 20 Tom Ecochard, 21 Watisoni Votu, 22 Joffrey Michel, 23 Paulica Ion.

Clermont: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Naipolioni Nalaga, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Noa Nakaitaci, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Michael Delany, 9 Thierry Lacrampe, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Loic Jacquet, 3 Clement Ric, 2 Benoit Cabello, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Jamie Cudmore, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Brock James, 22 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 23 Vincent Debaty.

Referee: Sébastien Minery

Saturday, November 30:

Stade Francais 23-0 Toulon

The scorers:

For Stade Francais:
Plisson, Doumayrou
Cons: Dupuy, Steyn
Pens: Dupuy 3

Yellow card: Florian Fresia (Toulon)

Stade Francais: 15 Jerome Porical, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke van der Merwe,
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Scott Lavalla, 20 Jerome Fillol, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Meyer Bosman, 23 Davit Kubriashvili.

Toulon: 15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Rudolffe Wulf, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Pierrick Gunther, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Jean Charles Orioli, 1 Xavier Chiocci,
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Bakkies Botha, 19 Juan Smith, 20 Alexis Palisson, 21 Chris Masoe, 22 Matt Giteau, 23 Martin Castrogiovanni.

Referee: Cédric Marchat

Biarritz 15-22 Bordeaux-Begles

The scorers:

For Biarritz:
Yachvili, Ngwenya
Con: Yachvili
Pen: Yachvili

For Bordeaux-Begles:
Madaule, Talebula, Rey
Cons: Bernard 2
Pen: Bernard

Yellow card: Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz)

Biarritz: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Seremaia Burotu, 12 Benoit Baby, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Dimitri Yachvili, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Tanguy Molcard, 6 Benoit Guyot, 5 Mathias Marie, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Jean Philippe Genevois, 1 Thomas Synaeghel.
Replacements: 16 Jonnah Dabti, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Addison Lockley, 19 Ueleni Fono, 20 Joshua Furno, 21 Luix Roussarie, 22 Daniel Waenga, 23 Benedict Broster.

Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis Benoit Madaule, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Albert Toetu, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Jean Batiste Poux,
Replacements: 16 Wayne Avei, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Alikisio Fakate, 19 Matt Graham, 20 Taiasina Tuifua, 21 Emmanuel Saubusse, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Silviu Florea.

Referee: Cyril Lafon

Castres 46-16 Bayonne

The scorers:

For Castres:
Cabannes, Kirkpatrick, Dulin, Rallier, Diarra, Marital
Cons: Kockott 3, Garcia 2
Pens: Kockott 2

For Bayonne:
Con: Bustos Moyano
Pens: Bustos Moyano 3

Yellow cards: Opeti Fonua (Bayonne), Mark Chisholm (Bayonne)

Castres: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Caballero, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Saimone Taumoepeau.
Replacements: 16 Marc Antoine Rallier, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Ibrahim Diarra, 20 Cedric Garcia, 21 Remi Tales, 22 Geoffrey Palis, 23 Karena Wihongi.

Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Martin Bustos Moyano, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Mathieu Belie, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Jean Marmouyet, 6 Jean Monribot, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Lisiate Faaoso, 3 Nemiah Tialata, 2 David Roumieu, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg,
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Gert Muller, 18 Dewald Senekal, 19 Charles Ollivon, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Julien Puricelli, 23 Aretz Iguiniz.

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

Oyonnax 28-9 Brive

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Con: Urdapilleta
Pens: Udrapilleta 7

For Brive:
Germain 2, Swanepoel

Oyonnax: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Dug Codjo, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Agustin Figuerola, 8 Fred Slade, 7 Valentin Ursache, 6 Joseph el Abd, 5 Damian Browne, 4 Damien Lagrange, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Lukas Rapant.
Replacements: 16 Neil graham Clark, 17 Ruaan Du preez, 18 Miroslav Nemecek, 19 Christophe Andre, 20 Scott Newlands, 21 Regis Lespinas, 22 Roimata Hansell pune, 23 Antoine Tichit.

Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Guillaume Namy, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Elia Radikedike, 10 Riaan Swanepoel, 9 Damien Neveu, 8 Petrus Human, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Patrick Barnard, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Goderzi Shvelidze,
Replacements: 16 Francois da Ros, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Simon Pinet, 19 Kieran Murphy, 20 Thomas Sanchou, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Laurent Ferreres, 23 Johannes Coetzee.

Referee: Sébastien Clouté

Racing Metro 17-12 Montpellier

The scorers:

For Racing Metro:
Pens: Machenaud 4

For Montpellier:
Pélissié 3
DG: Trinh-Duc

Racing Metro: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Jone Qovu, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Davit Khinchagishvili.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Antoine Battut, 20 Laurent Magnaval, 21 Marc Andreu, 22 Alexandre Dumoulin, 23 Walter Desmaison.

Montpellier: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Rene Ranger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Anthony Tuitavake, 10 Francois Trinh Duc, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 8 John Beattie, 7 Mamuka Gorgodze, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Robins Tchale Watchou, 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Charles Geli, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili,
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Maximiliano Bustos, 18 Thibaut Privat, 19 Kelian Galletier, 20 Benoit Paillaugue, 21 Yoan Audrin, 22 Benoit Sicart, 23 Naama Leleimalefaga.

Referee: Laurent Cardona

Grenoble 25-18 Toulouse

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Con: Hart
Pens: Hart 6

For Toulouse:
Gear, Médard
Con: Barraque
Pens: Barraque 2

Yellow cards: Richard Choirat (Grenoble) Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse), Gillian Galan (Toulouse)

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Benjamin Thiery, 13 Rida Jaouher, 12 Geoffroy Messina, 11 Julien Caminati, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 James Hart, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Peter james Kimlin, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Benjamin Hand, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Anthony Hegarty, 1 Kenan Mutapcic.
Replacements: 16 Albertus Buckle, 17 Vincent Campo Castillo, 18 Andrew Farley, 19 Fabien Alexandre, 20 Henry Vanderglas, 21 Matthieu Nicolas, 22 Nicolas Bezy, 23 Dayna Edwards.

Toulouse: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Maxime Medard, 13 Yann David, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Jean Pascal Barraque, 9 Sebastien Bezy, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Joe Tekori, 4 Romain Millo Chlusky, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Schalk Ferreira,
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Edwin Maka, 19 Gillian Galan, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Timoci Matanavou, 22 Florian Fritz, 23 Yohan Montes.

Referee: Romain Poite