Clermont put 55 points on Bayonne
September 5, 2013
Gerhard Vosloo is congratulated on his hat-trick © Getty Images
Clermont Auvergne made light work of Bayonne on Wednesday evening as they dispatched their Top 14 rivals 55-0 at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin.
The Top 14 programme sees most sides playing three games in eight days and the majority of the teams will be forced to rotate their squads to manage the taxing run of fixtures. Bayonne fielded a largely second-string side and they paid the price with Clermont running in seven tries. Clermont showed no ill effects of the selection conundrum with South African back-rower Gerhard Vosloo scoring a hat-trick while Sitiveni Sivivatu and Noa Nakaitaci both grabbed try doubles.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, newly promoted side Oyonnax continued to confound the doubters as they saw off Biarritz 24-22 at their Stade Charles Mathon home.
Oyonnax outscored Biarritz two tries to one with Silvere Tian and Antoine Tichit both going over for the home side while Benjamin Urdapilleta slotted 14 points. For Biarritz, Dimitri Yachvili kicked 17 points with USA Eagles flyer Taku Ngwenya grabbing their try.
Toulon made light work of Brive as they came away 62-12 winners at Stade Mayol. Bernard Laporte's men grabbed nine tries thanks to efforts from Mathieu Bastareaud, Rudi Wulf, Matt Giteau (two), Danie Rossouw, Maxime Mermoz, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Alexis Palisson and a penalty try. For Brive, their 12 points came from the boot of Anderson Neisen.
Champions Castres were also in action and they beat the previous league-leaders Stade Francais 38-10 at Saint Pierre Antoine. The gap was just two points at half-time with Marc Antoine Rallier and Remi Lamerat's tries for Castres cancelled out by Scott Lavella's try and five points from Jerome Porical. But the second-half saw Castres show exactly why they are champions as they crossed for four more tries. Lamerat grabbed his second while Brice Mach, Remy Grosso and Marcel Garvey also went over.
Matt Giteau tries to get through the Brive defence © Getty Images
Toulouse overcame Racing Metro 30-6 with the Parisians including their three British & Irish Lions Jonathan Sexton, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts in their squad.
Racing now find themselves in tenth despite their big spending over the summer. Jonathan Wisniewski slotted two penalties for Metro but that was all they could muster as Toulouse put them to the sword. Gael Fickou, Yannick Nyanga and Joe Tekori all scored for Toulouse with Luke McAlister adding 15 points from the tee.
And Montpellier grabbed their first win on the road as they came away from Bordeaux-Begles' Stade Andre Moga home with a 36-29 win. Yoan Audrin grabbed two for Montpellier with Thomas Combezou also scoring while Benoit Paillaugue slotted 15 points and Jonathan Pelissie three. For Bordeaux, Metuisela Talebula, Blair Connor and Clement Maynadier all went over.
And Perpignan eased past Grenoble as they secured a 36-13 win at the Stade Aime Giral. Perpignan managed to get a 24-7 lead at half-time and they ran in six tries in total with Lifeimi Mafi, Dewaldt Duvenage, Sofiane Guitoune (two) and Wandile Mjekuvu all scoring. James Hook knocked over 15 points while Florian Ninard crossed for Grenoble.
Toulouse and Racing Metro battle it out in the scrum © Getty Images
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