Wins for Toulouse, La Rochelle, Castres, Racing 92 and Agen

Wins for Toulouse, La Rochelle, Castres, Racing 92 and Agen

Toulouse, La Rochelle, Castres, Racing 92 and Agen managed to secure wins in a pulsating day of Top 14 action on Saturday.



Toulouse 38-37 Bordeaux-Bègles
Lyon 15-19 La Rochelle
Oyonnax 19-32 Castres
Racing 92 23-20 Pau
Agen 26-24 Toulon

Toulouse 38-37 Bordeaux-Bègles

Joe Tekori powered over late on as Toulouse continued their fine home form by claiming a dramatic 38-37 triumph over Bordeaux-Bègles.

Bordeaux have struggled on their travels this season and looked set for another disappointing away performance after going 24-3 down early on.

Ugo Mola’s men were rampant, touching down three times through Cheslin Kolbe, Sofiane Guitoune and Guillaume Marchand. Thomas Ramos also kicked three conversions and a penalty in a dominant first quarter for the hosts.

UBB could have easily folded but what proceeded was arguably their best 20 minutes of the season. Adrien Pelissie began the comeback by crossing the whitewash from close range before quick-fire efforts by Yann Lesgourgues and Metuisela Talebula remarkably levelled matters.

Guitoune was then yellow carded for a high tackle and, with Toulouse down to 14 men, the visitors scored twice more via Jean-Pascal Barraque’s try and Matthieu Jalibert’s penalty.

Despite Bègles’ 31-point burst, the home side hit back at the start of the second period when Kolbe scampered clear.

Although Jacques Brunel’s outfit extended their buffer when Jalibert was once again successful off the tee, Toulouse snatched the win via Tekori’s dramatic late touchdown.

The scorers:

For Toulouse:
Kolbe 2, Guitoune, Marchand, Tekori
Cons: Ramos 5
Pen: Ramos
Yellow Card: Guitoune

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Tries: Pelissie, Lesgourgues, Talebula, Barraque
Cons: Jalibert 4
Pens: Jalibert 3

Toulouse: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Yann David, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Sofiane Guitoune, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Sebastien Bezy, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Tala Gray, 6 Carl Axtens, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Guillaume Marchand, 1 Lucas Pointud.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Clement Castets, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Francois Cros, 20 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 21 Florian Fritz, 22 Wandile Mjekevu, 23 Maks van Dyk.

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 14 Fa’asiu Fuatai, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 12 Metuisela Talebula, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Cameron Woki, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Adrien Pelissie, 1 Peni Ravai.
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Thierry Paiva, 18 Johan Aliouat, 19 Alexandre Roumat, 20 Jules Gimbert, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Geoffrey Cros, 23 Marc Clerc.

Referee: Pascal Gauzere
Assistant referees: Jonathan Dufort, Frederic Chazal
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure

Lyon 15-19 La Rochelle
Matmut Stadium de Gerland, Lyon

Alexi Bales scored the decisive try as La Rochelle won the battle of two in-form sides thanks to a 19-15 victory over league leaders Lyon.

It was an unsurprisingly tight affair with neither outfit wanting to give too much away and, as a result, the opening period was dominated by the kicking of the respective fly-halves.

Frederic Michalak and Brock James traded two penalties apiece as the teams went into the break level at 6-6.

Michalak and James found the target again early in the second period before Lyon’s stand-off gave the hosts a three-point buffer going into the final half-hour.

The game needed a spark to break the deadlock and it came from Bales as the scrum-half scampered across the whitewash.

Although Michalak reduced the arrears from the tee, La Rochelle’s stand-off completed the win with a penalty seven minutes from time.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Pens: Michalak 5

For La Rochelle:
Try: Bales
Con: James
Pens: James 4

Lyon: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Theo Belan, 12 Rudi Wulf, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Virgile Bruni, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Dylan Cretin, 5 Hendrik Roodt, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickael Ivaldi, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Jonathan Pelissie, 21 Deon Fourie, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Stephane Clement.

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Pierre Boudehent, 11 Jeremy Sinzelle, 10 Brock James, 9 Jean-Victor Goillot, 8 Afa Amosa, 7 Victor Vito, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Jone Qovu, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Mike Corbel.
Replacements: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Levani Botia, 20 Alexi Bales, 21 Eliott Roudil, 22 Steeve Barry, 23 Mohamed Boughanmi.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal
Assistant referees: Cedric Marchat, Eric Soulan
TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin

Oyonnax 19-32 Castres
Stade Charles-Mathon, Oyonnax

Oyonnax’s atrocious form continued as they succumbed to yet another loss after going down 32-19 to Castres.

Adrien Buononato’s men have struggled this season with their last – and only – win coming in round three against Agen.

Since then, six successive defeats have followed and this was arguably their most concerning. In previous games, they have often been competitive before the break but they were outplayed in the opening 24 minutes.

They found themselves 20-6 down thanks to converted tries by Mathieu Babillot and Julien Dumora, while Benjamin Urdapilleta added two penalties.

Patrick Sobela did get one score back when the visitors were reduced to 14 men following Dumora’s yellow card, but Urdapilleta kicked further three-pointers to keep them at arm’s length.

Although Ben Botica reduced the arrears with a couple of successful efforts off the tee, Castres’ stand-off completed the win late on.

The scorers:

For Oyonnax:
Try: Sobela
Con: Botica
Pens: Botica 4

For Castres:
Tries: Babillot, Dumora
Cons: Urdapilleta 2
Pens: Urdapilleta 6
Yellow Card: Dumora

Oyonnax: 15 Quentin Etienne, 14 Daniel Ikpefan, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Matt Hopper, 11 Axel Muller, 10 Ben Botica, 9 James Hall, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Valentin Ursache, 6 Patrick Sobela, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 Phoenix Battye, 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Tommy Raynaud.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Geledan, 17 Khatchik Vartanov, 18 Curtis Browning, 19 Hika Elliot, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Roimata Hansell-Pune, 22 Silvere Tian, 23 Pietro Ceccarelli.

Castres: 15 Julien Dumora, 14 Armand Batlle, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Baptiste Delaporte, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit.
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Loic Jacquet, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Yannick Caballero, 21 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Eric Sione.

Referee: Ludovic Cayre
Assistant referees: Adrien Descottes, Thierry Guilloton
TMO: Eric Gauzins

Racing 92 23-20 Pau
Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes

Marc Andreu’s dramatic late try helped Racing 92 snatch a crucial 23-20 victory over fellow play-off chasers Pau.

It was once again an unconvincing performance from the Parisians, who fell behind early on when Colin Slade kicked a penalty. Although Maxime Machenaud levelled proceedings, Wenceslas Lauret was yellow carded and the visiting stand-off added his second off the tee.

Despite being down to 14 men, the hosts dealt with the sin-bin period impressively and actually took the lead at the break when influential lock Leone Nakarawa touched down.

Slade and Machenaud traded three-pointers at the start of the second period before Frank Halai’s try regained the advantage for Simon Mannix’s men.

Pau then extended their buffer via two Slade penalties and appeared set to record a valuable win.

That was until Racing increased the intensity late on, pressure which resulted in yellow cards for Conrad Smith and Charly Malie.

Shorn of two players, the visitors failed to cope and Andreu rewarded the hosts’ endeavour by crossing the whitewash late on.

The scorers:

For Racing:
Tries: Nakarawa, Andreu
Cons: Machenaud, Lambie
Pens: Machenaud 3
Yellow Card: Lauret

For Pau:
Try: Halai
Pens: Slade 5
Yellow Cards: Smith, Malie

Racing: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavake, 11 Louis Dupichot, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Yannick Nyanga, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Edwin Maka, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Vasil Kakovin.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Boris Palu, 19 Antonie Claassen, 20 Teddy Iribaren, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Marc Andreu, 23 Luc Ducalcon.

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Julien Fumat, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Paddy Butler, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Dave Foley, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Thomas  Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Lucas Rey, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Peter Saili, 19 Fabrice Metz, 20 Ben Mowen, 21 Julien Tomas, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Malik Hamadache.

Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset, Laurent Breil
TMO: Denis Grenouillet

Agen 26-24 Toulon
Stade Armandie, Agen

Chris Ashton’s hat-trick was in vain as Agen recorded a remarkable 26-24 triumph over Toulon for just their second win of the season.

The former England international started in the unfamiliar position of full-back for the 2014 champions but he immediately made an impact, touching down after seven minutes.

However, the hosts were impressive throughout and scored twice in quick succession via Denis Marchois and George Tilsley.

Although Fabien Galthie’s men responded through Ma’a Nonu and Ashton, a brace of penalties either side of the interval from Jake McIntyre gave Agen a 23-19 advantage going into the final quarter.

Toulon were under pressure and, despite Ashton once again displaying his predatory instincts to regain their lead, Hugo Verdu kicked a late three-pointer as the promoted outfit secured an outstanding victory.

The scorers:

For Agen:
Tries: Marchois, Tilsley
Cons: McIntyre 2
Pens: McIntyre 3, Verdu

For Toulon:
Tries: Ashton 3, Nonu
Cons: McAlister 2

Agen: 15 Mathieu Lamoulie, 14 George Tilsley, 13 Julien Heriteau, 12 Pierre Fouyssac, 11 Filipo Nakosi, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Akapusi Qera, 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Yoann Tanga-Mangene, 5 Corentin Braendlin, 4 Denis Marchois, 3 Dave Ryan, 2 Facundo Bosch, 1 Quentin Bethune.
Replacements: 16 Paula Ngauamo, 17 Kamaliele Tufele, 18 Tom Murday, 19 Antoine Miquel, 20 Hugo Verdu, 21 Johann Sadie, 22 Clement Laporte, 23 Arthur Joly.

Toulon: 15 Chris Ashton, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Semi Radradra, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Anthony Meric, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Samu Manoa, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Florian Fresia.
Replacements: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Romain Taofifenua, 19 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 20 Louis Carbonel, 21 JP Pietersen, 22 Alby Mathewson, 23 Levan Chilachava.

Referee: Maxime Chalon
Assistant referees: Nicolas Datas, Jean-Luc Rebollal
TMO: Mourad Zitouni

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