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Impressive Montpellier regain top spot
ESPN Staff
April 12, 2014
Rory Kockott is stopped by Clermont's Damien Chouly, Clermont v Castres, Top 14, Michelin Stadium, Clermont-Ferrand, April 11, 2014
Rory Kockott is stopped by Clermont's Damien Chouly © Getty Images
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Clermont's spell at the top lasted less than 24 hours as Montpellier regained the Top 14 lead with a 36-30 victory over Grenoble at Stade des Alpes. At half-time with a 27-6 lead it seemed Montpellier were set for a big win and although Grenoble fought back well they were never close enough to worry the leaders.

Bryan Habana scored a try on his comeback from injury as Toulon edged out Bordeaux 22-20 after trailing 20-9. Fourteen points from Frederic Michalak proved the difference between the sides. Toulon backs coach Pierre Mignoni, in charge as head coach Bernard Laporte is serving a 16-week ban, said he was delighted with the result. "This is a victory that changes everything," he said. "To win the match after a catastrophic first half where we weren't in the match, I have to congratulate the players for their comeback."

Stade Francais' play-off hopes took a blow as they went down 24-19 at lowly Bayonne where eight penalties from boot of Martin Bustos Moyano secured victory for the home side. The game's only try came from Stade's Waisea Nayacalevu.

Racing Metro kept their challenge on track with a 37-7 win over bottom side Biarritz . As has so often been the case this season, Biarritz were no match for the home side.

Perpignan climbed above Oyonnax at the wrong end of the table with a 22-12 win, James Hook scoring 17 of his side's 22 points.

Clermont had to come from behind against Castres to win 23-11, and in doing so they regained top spot in the Top 14 and extended their remarkable home record of winning matches to 76. Castres led 8-6 at the break, thanks to a try from Capo Ortega, and it was not until almost an hour that Wesley Fofana scored Clermont's first try. The boot of Rory Kockott kept Castres within two points until five minutes from time when winger Napolioni Nalaga sealed the home win. "We came across a Castres team that came looking for points," Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra said. "We struggled in the first half but we smiled in the second. We have the extra pressure of wanting to stay unbeaten. Everyone gives it their all when they come here."

Pos Team P W D L F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Montpellier 24 14 1 9 611 493 +118 54 44 6 6 70
2 Clermont Auvergne 24 14 1 9 628 456 +172 58 35 6 5 69
3 Toulon 24 14 1 9 597 420 +177 49 22 5 6 69
4 Racing Metro 24 14 2 8 427 398 +29 30 29 1 4 65
5 Toulouse 24 12 1 11 491 415 +76 46 28 6 6 62
6 Castres 24 12 2 10 532 450 +82 48 33 6 4 62
7 Bordeaux Begles 24 12 0 12 552 516 +36 48 37 4 7 59
8 Stade Fran├žais 24 13 1 10 477 456 +21 39 43 2 3 59
9 Brive 24 10 2 12 441 440 +1 30 33 4 8 56
10 Grenoble 24 11 1 12 436 566 -130 29 44 1 4 51
11 Perpignan 24 10 1 13 433 522 -89 31 43 2 6 50
12 Bayonne 24 10 0 14 380 515 -135 25 45 1 7 48
13 Oyonnax 24 11 0 13 420 524 -104 31 47 1 3 48
14 Biarritz 24 4 1 19 335 589 -254 24 59 0 8 26

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