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Upsets rule the day in Top 14

  • 07 Jan 2018
Bjorn Basson runs free to score Bjorn Basson runs free to score

La Rochelle relinquished top spot after being held to a 38-38 draw by bottom-feeders Oyonnax, while Agen, Brive, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Pau and Racing 92 won in the Top 14.

Shock results were the order of the day on Saturday, when – with the exception of Montpellier beating Stade Français – all the top teams failed to win against their lower-ranked opponents.

Fullback Bjorn Basson scored the first try for Oyonnax, who held a surprising 18-17 lead at the break. But as expected, the high-flying La Rochelle fought back in the second half. The visitors took eventually hit the front and were 38-28 to the good with eight minutes remaining.

Oyonnax didn’t give up. A converted try by Maxime Veau got the hosts to within three points before flyhalf Ben Botica stepped up and slotted a penalty to tie the scores with the last kick of the game.

Elsewhere, Agen – second last on the log – hammered third-placed Castres 30-3 to improve their chances of escaping relegation. Brive also completed a shock 13-12 victory over Toulon thanks to a last-gasp converted try.

Bordeaux surprisingly beat Lyon 19-10 to draw level on 37 log points with their victims, and Montpellier defeated Stade Français 28-16 to overtake La Rochelle at the top of the standings.

On Sunday, Pau edged Toulouse 11-10, while Racing 92 ran in eight tries as they demolished Clermont 58-6.

Round 15 results:

Oyonnax 38 La Rochelle 38
Agen 30 Castres 3
Brive 13 Toulon 12
Bordeaux 19 Lyon 10
Montpellier 28 Stade Français 16
Pau 11 Toulouse 10
Racing 58 Clermont 6

French Top 14 log

Photo: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images

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