Lead­ers Cler­ment romp past Stade Fran­cais

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Cler­ment Fer­rand thumped Stade Fran­cais 46-10 and scored six tries on the way as the Top 14 lead­ers en­joyed a rous­ing per­for­mance on Fri­day.

They now have 46 points from their 14 games ahead of La Rochelle on 41. The big game of the week sees Mont­pel­lier host mega-rich Toulon in Fri­day’s late game in an en­counter ren­dered all the more im­por­tant by each side’s Euro­pean strug­gles. Cler­ment’s tries were scored by Adrien Plante on 22 and 32, Pa­tri­cio Fer­nan­dez on 43, Noa Nakaitaci on 58, Damien Chouly on 73 and Si­taleki Ti­mani two minute from time. “I’m happy to have done my bit,” Plante said af­ter the game. “I’m get­ting back to my best form.” Cler­ment coach Franck AzÈma said his play­ers had been very fo­cussed. “I was also happy to see them en­joy­ing them­selves so much too,” he said.

There was also a big scor­ing come­back win for La Rochelle, who even­tu­ally over­ran bot­tom side Bay­onne 42-17 af­ter they had been led 17-0. The win makes La Rochelle, pro­vi­sion­ally in sec­ond, a se­ri­ous con­tender for the play-offs. Rac­ing 92 also bounced back from their Euro­pean dis­ap­point­ment with a 23-10 win over Cas­tres, although a late try for Cas­tres meant they missed a bonus point. Wences­las Lau­ret had a hand in all three tries for Rac­ing and the win, a first in four games, lifted them back to fourth place.

“It’s a re­lief, peo­ple were start­ing to worry about us and so was I,” said Rac­ing backs coach Lau­rent Labit. Brive breezed past Lyon 22-6 leav­ing the losers hov­er­ing near the rel­e­ga­tion zone in the early match.

Gae­tan Ger­main took 17 points for Brive hit­ting the tar­get six times out of six, while for­mer French in­ter­na­tional Fred­erik Micha­lak opened the scores for Lyon, who have now lost three games in a row.

Thibaud Daubanga and Jale Vatuba grabbed sec­ond half tries as con­fi­dent Pau beat Bordeaux 18-16 away. The home side got the first try of the game to give Bordeaux a 10-0 lead through Luke Braid but Raphael Ibanez’s men had a dread­ful sec­ond-half. Greno­ble climbed off the foot of the ta­ble on Thurs­day with a rous­ing 26-22 win over a Toulouse still get­ting over their Euro­pean ex­er­tions. The win ig­nites vague hopes of es­cap­ing rel­e­ga­tion for the Alpine hosts and leaves Toulouse rooted out­side the end-of­sea­son play-off places. —AFP

CLERMONT-FER­RAND: Stade Fran­cais play­ers join a scrum dur­ing the French Union Rugby match ASM Clermont vs Stade FranÁais at the Miche­lin sta­dium in Clermont-Fer­rand, central France, on Fri­day.— AFP

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