Wins for UBB, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Toulon and Racing

Bordeaux-Begles overcame leaders Clermont while there were also wins for Grenoble, La Rochelle, Toulon and Racing 92 in Saturday's matches.

Bordeaux-Begles 23-19 Clermont

Clermont suffered their first defeat of the campaign as they went down 23-19 to a determined Bordeaux-Begles side at Stade Chaban Delmas.

Tries from Vadim Cobilas and Afaesetiti Amosa, coupled with the boot of Baptiste Serin, helped UBB seal only their second win of 2018/19.

They led 13-9 at the break thanks to prop Cobilas' crossing from short range, with Greig Laidlaw kicking all of Clermont's points off the tee.

After the turnaround a yellow card for UBB fly-half Brock James did not affect their game as after Laidlaw's fourth penalty, Amosa would power over from close range, making it 20-12 with the conversion before the influential scrum-half Serin added a penalty that made it 23-12.

Jacobus van Tonder responded with a carry over the line for Clermont just after the hour to reduce the margin to just four points and despite the visitors pressing hard late on - replacement George Moala being their main threat - Bordeaux-Begles held on for a big victory.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Begles:
Tries: Cobilas, Amosa
Cons: Serin 2
Pens: Serin 3
Yellow Card: James

For Clermont:
Try: Van Tonder
Con: Lopez
Pens: Laidlaw 4
Yellow Card: Timani

Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Eto Nabuli, 13 Romain Lonca, 12 Nathan Decron, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Brock James, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Alexandre Roumat, 6 Mahamadou Diaby, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Jandré Marais, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Adrien Pelissie, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Florian Dufour, 17 Thierry Paiva, 18 Kane Douglas, 19 Beka Gorgadze, 20 Jules Gimbert, 21 Lucas Meret, 22 Nans Ducuing, 23 Lekso Kaulashvili

Clermont: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Samuel Ezeala, 10 Patricio Fernandez, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Michael Simutoga, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Jacobus Van Tonder, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Charlie Cassang, 21 Camille Lopez, 22 George Moala, 23 Rabah Slimani

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset, Frédéric Chazal
Television match official: Bruno Bessot

Grenoble 31-22 Perpignan

Grenoble claimed their first triumph of the Top 14 season on Saturday as they beat early relegation rivals Perpignan 31-22 at Stade des Alpes.

Grenoble were comfortably leading 16-3 at half-time in the basement battle thanks to Raymond Rhule's score and Gaitan Germain's solid boot.

The hosts had to come from behind after Paddy Jackson's third minute penalty, but thereafter Grenoble built a healthy lead by the half's end.

Seilala Lam hit back for USAP moments into the second-half to reduce Grenoble's lead to just six points. However, Germain then sent over his fourth, fifth and sixth penalties of the match to make it a 25-10 advantage for the home side, who were heading for the four points.

Eroni Sau's score on 66 minutes brought Perpignan back into matters at 28-15 but two further Germain penalties meant Raphael Carbou's late try for Perpignan came only as a consolation.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Try: Rhule
Con: Germain
Pens: Germain 8
Yellow Card: Fifita

For Perpignan:
Tries: Lam, Sau, Carbou
Cons: Jackson 2
Pen: Jackson

Grenoble: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Daniel Kilioni, 13 Taleta Tupuola, 12 Alaska Taufa, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Adrien Latorre, 9 Lilian Saseras, 8 Loic Godener, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Steven Setephano, 5 Hans Nkinsi, 4 Leva Fifita, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Etienne Fourcade, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Duncan Casey, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Taiasina Tuifua, 19 Killian Geraci, 20 Theo Nanette, 21 Franck Pourteau, 22 Lolagi Visinia, 23 Beka Gigashvili

Perpignan: 15 Enzo Selponi, 14 Eroni Sau, 13 Wandile Mjekevu, 12 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 11 Mathieu Acebes, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Tom Ecochard, 8 Genesis Mamea, 7 Alan Brazo, 6 Mike Faleafa, 5 Berend Botha, 4 Shahn Eru, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Seilala Lam, 1 Enzo Forletta
Replacements: 16 Raphael Carbou, 17 Yassine Boutemane, 18 Masalosalo Tutaia, 19 Lucas Bachelier, 20 Sadek Deghmache, 21 Jonathan Bousquet, 22 Jean Bernard Pujol, 23 Nicolas Lemaire

Referee: Jérôme Garcès
Assistant referees: Adrien Descottes, Thierry Guilloton
Television match official: Éric Gonthier

La Rochelle 30-13 Lyon

La Rochelle picked up their third victory of the Top 14 season as they saw off Lyon 30-13 to strengthen their position in the standings.

It was all square at half-time as the teams went in with an 8-8 scoreline, with both sides eager to continue their solid start to 2018/19.

Ihaia West opened the scoring for La Rochelle off the tee after three minutes before Jean-Marc Doussain responded to level it up at 3-3.

Then La Rochelle prop Dany Priso went over on 22 minutes before Lyon's response again came, this time via a Jonathan Pelissie score.

Geoffrey Doumayrou's try five minutes into the second 40 helped move La Rochelle 15-8 ahead and Elliot Roudil made sure of the win on 71 minutes when his try made it 23-8 to the hosts, with Arthur Retiere adding the gloss in final minutes, this after Charlie Ngatai crossed.

The scorers:

For La Rochelle:
Tries: Priso, Doumayrou, Roudil, Retiere
Cons: West, Lafage
Pens: West 2

For Lyon:
Tries: Pelissie, Ngatai
Pen: Doussain
Yellow Cards: Barassi, Menini

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jules Favre, 11 Arthur Retiere, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Alexis Balès, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Lopeti Timani, 6 Remi Bourdeau, 5 Mathieu Tanguy, 4 Thomas Jolmes, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Leo Aouf, 18 Romain Sazy, 19 Zeno Kieft, 20 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21 Maxime Lafage, 22 Elliot Roudil, 23 Arthur Joly

Lyon: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 12 Thibault Regard, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Jonathan Pélissié, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Patrick Sobela, 6 Dylan Cretin, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Clement Ric, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Hamza Kaabeche
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Toby Arnold, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Charlie Ngatai, 23 Francisco Gomez Kodela

Referee: Tual Trainini
Assistant referees: Luc Ramos, Bruno Gabaldon
Television match official: Éric Gauzins

Toulon 33-3 Agen

Toulon claimed only their second win of the season as they beat Agen 33-3 at Stade Mayol, but it was not a victory that inspired confidence.

The hosts were cruising 19-0 at the break as they looked set to post a decent score, Josua Tuisova, Eric Escande and Liam Messam crossing.

It took just nine minutes for wing Tuisova to open their account before scrum-half Escande doubled the lead nine minutes later, with New Zealander Messam making it a 19 point cushion, leaving Agen with a mountain to climb if they were to recover for a third win of 2018/19.

But after the break Toulon's points dried up as it was only a Leo Berdeu penalty for Agen that troubled the scoreboard until the 69th minute.

Finally Toulon added to their tally at that moment as Anthony Belleau went over to make it 26-3 and there was time for one more try which came from outside centre Malakai Fekitoa as Toulon gave their supporters some cheer after what had been a disappointing start to the term.

The scorers:

For Toulon:
Tries: Tuisova, Escande, Messam, Belleau, Fekitoa
Cons: Belleau 4

For Agen:
Pen: Berdeu

Toulon: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Francois Trinh-Duc, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Swan Rebbadj, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Corentin Vernet, 3 Emerick Setiano, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Juandre Kruger, 19 Jaques Potgieter, 20 JP Pietersen, 21 Filipo Nakosi, 22 Anthony Meric, 23 Marcel van der Merwe

Agen: 15 Clement Laporte, 14 Timilai Rokoduru, 13 Julien Heriteau, 12 Mathieu Lamoulie, 11 Loris Tolot, 10 Leo Berdeu, 9 Lucas Rubio, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Vincent Farre, 6 Antoine Miquel, 5 Denis Marchois, 4 Andres Zafra Tarazona, 3 Xerom Civil, 2 Facundo Bosch, 1 Morgan Phelipponneau
Replacements: 16 Quentin Bethune, 17 Paula Ngauamo, 18 Loic Hocquet, 19 Yoan Tanga, 20 Paul Abadie, 21 Jake McIntyre, 22 Johann Sadie, 23 Dave Ryan

Referee: Vincent Blasco Baque
Assistant referees: Julien Castaignède, Jacques De Lemos
Television match official: Cédric Marchat

Racing 92 27-11 Castres

Racing 92 beat reigning champions Castres 27-11 on Saturday in a result that lifts them up to second position in the Top 14 standings.

A first minute try from Virimi Vakatawa got them off to the perfect start, with Finn Russell adding the conversion before a penalty goal.

Benjamin Urdapilleta responded off the tee on 16 minutes to make it 10-3 but then Simon Zebo crossed to move Racing 92 17-3 in front.

Castres replacement prop Paea Fa'anunu went over first in the second-half, coming after an Urdapilleta penalty, meaning it was now 17-11.

But Racing 92 secured victory when, following a Russell penalty, Zebo claimed his brace in the 70th minute to wrap up their third win.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries: Vakatawa, Zebo 2
Cons: Russell 3
Pens: Russell 2

For Castres:
Tries: Fa'anunu
Pens: Urdapilleta 2
Yellow Card: Tulou

Racing 92: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Xavier Chauveau, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Boris Palu, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Teddy Baubigny, 1 Guram Gogichashvili
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Edwin Maka, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 Antoine Gibert, 21 Ben Volavola, 22 Joe Rokocoko, 23 Cedate Gomes Sa

Castres: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Camille Gerondeau, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Victor Moreaux, 4 Steve Mafi, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Tudor Stroe
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Yohan Le Bourhis, 22 Thomas Combezou, 23 Paea Fa'anunu

Referee: Maxime Chalon
Assistant referees: Jonathan Dufort, Jean-Claude Labarbe
Television match official: Akim Hadj Bachir