Rock-bottom Bayonne stun leaders Clermont

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:04
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TOP 14 WRAP: Rock-bottom Bayonne stunned French Top 14 leaders Clermont 22-14 on Saturday.

Bayonne registering their first win in almost three months, despite playing with 14 men for the entire second half.

Clermont were missing five first-choice players away on French international duty and Bayonne, on an 11-match streak without a win, seized their chance to record a first Top 14 victory since they downed Toulon 28-23 on August 21.

Skipper and flank Jean Monribot scored their only try in the 25th minute while Damian Penaud and Benson Stanley crossed for the league leaders.

Bayonne were reduced to 14 men after 36 minutes when Welsh prop Ben Borster was red-carded for a dangerous tackle.

Despite the loss, Clermont stay top with a five-point lead over Montpellier who saw off Lyon 25-20.

However, La Rochelle can cut the gap to a point if they defeat Toulouse on Sunday.

All Black Tom Taylor and Conrad Smith marshalled Pau to a convincing 26-17 victory over Racing 92 to snap a four-match Top 14 losing streak.

Taylor, capped three times by New Zealand and preferred at flyhalf to compatriot Colin Slade, kicked four penalties and converted Pau's two tries from Watisoni Votu and Baptiste Pourailly to guide his team to a much-needed win.

Racing managed a sole James Hart penalty in the first-half, before notching up two converted tries through Dimitri Szarzewski and Chris Masoe, also a former All Black.

"It's an important victory against opponents who wanted to play," said Pau coach Simon Mannix.

"It's a step in the right direction."

Racing, missing a raft of big names including Dan Carter, were left ruing their ill-discipline, lock Ali Williams having been yellow carded early in the game for repeated fouls.

Table after Saturday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points):
Clermont        11 7 2 2 327 233 4 36
Montpellier     11 7 0 4 250 195 3 31
La Rochelle     10 5 2 3 264 197 6 30
Bordeaux-Bègles 11 7 0 4 280 260 2 30
Toulon          10 5 1 4 251 210 5 27
Toulouse        10 6 0 4 210 199 3 27
Racing92        11 6 0 5 239 238 2 26
Castres         11 5 1 5 278 223 3 25
Brive           11 5 1 5 238 286 1 23
Lyon            11 4 2 5 231 259 2 22
Pau             11 4 0 7 231 269 5 21
Stade Français  10 4 1 5 254 260 2 20
Grenoble        11 2 0 9 236 350 5 13
Bayonne         11 2 2 7 167 277 0 12

Agence France-Presse