Mont­pel­lier edge Toulon

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Shalva Ma­mukashvilli scored two tries for Mont­pel­lier as they led from start to fin­ish to edge a de­pleted Toulon 33-29 in the big game in France’s Top 14 on Fri­day.

In an ear­lier match Clermont Fer­rand thumped Stade Fran­cais 46-10 and scored six tries on the way as the Top 14 lead­ers en­joyed a rous­ing per­for­mance.

They now have 46 points from their 14 games ahead of Mont­pel­lier and La Rochelle on 41 while Toulon are fourth on 37.

Clermont’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.” Clermont 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 third placed La Rochelle 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-of-sea­son play-off places. —AFP

MONT­PEL­LIER: RC Toulon’s Aus­tralian flanker Liam Gill scores a try dur­ing the French Top 14 rugby Union match Mont­pel­lier vs Toulon, on Fri­day, at the Al­trad sta­dium, in the French south­ern city of Mont­pel­lier. — AFP

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