Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Top 14 Orange 2013-14 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Top 14
Toulouse beat Clermont to maintain home record
ESPN Staff
January 5, 2014
Toulouse's Maxime Medard (right) and Yoann Huget celebrate the former's try, Toulouse v Clermont, Top 14, Stade Ernest Wallon, January 5, 2014
Maxime Medard and Yoann Huget celebrate the former's try against Clermont © Getty Images
Enlarge

Toulouse defeated league leaders Clermont Auvergne 19-12 at Stade Ernest-Wallon in the final match of Top 14 round 16 on Sunday, their ninth win from as many home matches seeing them claim fourth spot on the log.

Clermont fly-half Brock James kicked the first of three penalties to open the scoring, but Toulouse countered with a converted try through Maxime Medard. The try, ultimately decisive, was controversial as Yoann Huget's pass for Medard appeared to drift forward before it was awarded after consultation between referee Christophe Berdos and the TMO

James and Toulouse counterpart Jean-Marc Doussain then traded penalties before the home playmaker landed a drop-goal and a penalty after the break. Mike Delany kicked a goal for Clermont five minutes from full-time, after replacing James, but the league leaders would claim nothing more than a losing bonus point after spilling the ball on attack in the final moments.

On Saturday, Grenoble stunned Top 14 giants Toulon while lowly Oyonnax knocked over Racing Metro 6-0 in a day of shocks.

At the Stade Felix Mayol, for 79 minutes of the game, it looked as if Jonny Wilkinson was going to be Toulon's hero as his 21 points had given the side a 21-15 lead over Grenoble. The game was played in blustery conditions with the rain pouring for much of it with a rare spark a second-half punch-up which led to Drew Mitchell and Benjamin Thiery seeing yellow.

But as the clock ticked closer to the end of the match, Grenoble Alipate Ratini's snuffled up a loose pass from Wilkinson and went over under Toulon's posts. Julien Caminati knocked over the extras and despite Bernard Laporte's touchline protests, Grenoble hung on for a hugely impressive victory.

Mathieu Bastareaud forces his way forward against Grenoble © Getty Images
Enlarge

Oyonnax found themselves second bottom in the Top 14 going into Saturday's match against Racing Metro, a team featuring three British & Irish Lions, but a stunning team effort saw them snatch a narrow 6-0 win. A penalty in both halves from Regis Lespinas proved to be the difference as Oyonnax held off a late Metro surge to secure a memorable victory.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Stade Francais' compounded Biarritz's woe with a 18-6 triumph while Perpignan saw off Bayonne 20-8 at the Stade Aime Giral.

On Friday evening, Castres saw off Bordeaux-Begles 15-9 with Geoffrey Palis slotting 12 points for the home side alongside a further three from Cedric Garcia. Castres were momentarily reduced to 13 men in the first-half with Yannick Caballero and Palis seeing yellow.

Pos Team P W D L F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Clermont Auvergne 16 10 1 5 454 314 +140 44 24 5 3 50
2 Stade Français 16 11 0 5 313 269 +44 24 25 1 2 47
3 Castres 16 9 1 6 369 268 +101 34 17 5 3 46
4 Toulouse 16 9 0 7 323 263 +60 29 16 5 3 44
5 Toulon 16 8 1 7 386 275 +111 30 14 3 5 42
6 Grenoble 16 9 1 6 296 341 -45 16 24 1 2 41
7 Montpellier 15 7 1 7 373 307 +66 32 28 4 5 39
8 Racing Metro 16 8 1 7 236 284 -48 14 20 0 4 38
9 Bordeaux Begles 16 7 0 9 362 371 -9 32 25 3 5 36
10 Perpignan 16 7 0 9 312 340 -28 24 26 2 5 35
11 Oyonnax 16 8 0 8 258 323 -65 16 27 0 1 33
12 Brive 15 5 2 8 291 304 -13 21 24 2 5 31
13 Bayonne 16 6 0 10 252 374 -122 17 35 1 5 30
14 Biarritz 16 3 0 13 206 398 -192 13 40 0 5 17

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Formula 1

    'Don't expect too much from me' - Lotterer

    Andre Lotterer is braced for a struggle on his Formula One debut in Belgium but says the opportunity was simply too good to turn down

  • Football

    Martinez open to striker move

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has indicated that he will move for a striker in the next 10 days if Arouna Kone does not recover quickly from injury

  • Football

    Martinez open to striker move

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has indicated that he will move for a striker in the next 10 days if Arouna Kone does not recover quickly from injury

  • Formula 1

    Chilton voluntarily relinquished Marussia seat

    Max Chilton says he voluntarily gave up his Belgian Grand Prix race seat to Alexander Rossi to help Marussia raise funds but expects to be driving again in Italy

  • Cricket

    Prior insists he still has an England future

    Wicketkeeper Matt Prior has insisted his England career is not over despite the impressive displays of his successor Jos Buttler

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!