Friday, November 27, 2009

Top 14 Highlights - Round 13

Top 14 Highlights - Round 13

It was a busy day yesterday for Rugbydump. The re-development of the site is taking shape nicely, the archives are being updated, and RD found its voice with a short interview on BBC Radio. Things are back on track today though with highlights from the latest round of the French Top 14.

Castres hosted Toulouse and annihilated their pack, laying the platform for tries to be scored by Cameron McIntyre, Thomas Sanchou, and two for Chris Masoe. Freddie Michalak scored for Toulouse, but it wasnt enough to stop the 30-10 bonus point win for the home side.

Bayonne also picked up a bonus point win as they beat Montauban 38-13. Sam Gerber was prominent in the match which produced some great tries. Thibault Lacroix scored two, while Gerber himself scored a late try.

Montpellier against Bourgoin was a dramatic match which had the result sealed two minutes from time with a surprise Eugene Van Staden try. Bourgoin tried in vain as they came close to scoring at the end, but now sit in a poor position in the relegation zone.

Felipe Contepomi made his much awaited debut for Toulon when they hosted Brive. Fotu Auelua scored in the first half, with points being kicked by Sebastian Fauqu, and a late penalty to Contepomi, which extended the final score to 19-10. Simon Azoulai scored Brives solitary try.

Young French centre Mathieu Bastareaud turned out at Number Eight against Racing Metro at the Yves du Manoir. This Paris derby lacked nothing despite missing a a host of players on international duty. Ollie Phillips scored the first try of the match following a nice break by Mark Gasnier.

An old fashioned forwards punch up allowed the backs to have a match of their own, as a kick ahead resulted in a try for flying Fijian winger Sireli Bobo. Bastareaud scored a nice try on the wing, but it wasnt enough as Racing Metro won 20-18.

Biarritz picked up a good 16-13 win over Clermont at the Stade Marcel Michelin despite Clermont leading 10-3 at the break following a try and penalty from Benoit Baby. Dimitri Yachvili kept Biarritz in the match with some good goal kicking, before a last minute try and conversion sealed the win.

Time: 10:10

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