Oyonnax down Clermont in shock victory
August 24, 2013
Oyonnax celebrate their triumph © Getty Images
Oyonnax shocked French giants Clermont Auvergne with a 30-19 win on Saturday in the Top 14.
Oyonnax won promotion to the French top flight ahead of this season and after falling 39-11 to Bayonne last week, it looked like they might be in for a tough campaign. But they stunned Les Jaunards in front of their home support with hooker Jody Jenneker, full-back Florian Denos and openside Valentin Ursache all going over while Benjamin Urdapilleta slotted 15 points. Clermont crossed through Gerhard Vosloo and Benson Stanley but it proved to be in vain as the Oyonnax faithful were left to celebrate a memorable triumph.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Toulouse bounced back from their opening day defeat with a commanding 40-3 win against Bayonne.
Guy Noves' men fell to Bordeaux-Begles last week but they blew away the cobwebs with a comfortable win against Bayonne. Ex-All Black Luke McAlister was Toulouse' hero as he slotted 30 points with the boot with their tries coming from Maxime Medard and Louis Picamoles. All Bayonne could muster in return was three points from Martin Bustos Moyano.
And champions Castres also recovered from their round one setback to thrash Grenoble 34-6. They ran in five tries in total with Ibrahim Diarra opening the scoring after just three minutes with Remi Lamerat then adding another eight minutes later. Come the second-half, Marcel Garvey grabbed a brace with star No.8 Antoine Claassen also getting on the scoresheet. The game ended on a sour note with Piule Faasalele and Hendrik Roodt both shown straight red cards after their role in a brawl.
Stade Francais shocked Perpignan with a last gasp drop-goal from Jules Plisson enough to secure a 28-27 triumph at the Stade Aime Giral. In a match which saw four yellow cards handed out - three of which were handed to the Parisians - the game also saw four tries. Perpignan grabbed three of them with Sione Piukala, Tommaso Benvenuti and Sofiane Guitoune while Stade's came from Alexandre Flanquart. But it was Plisson who was Stade's hero as he hit three drop-goals during the match, including one in the 80th minute to secure the win for the Parisians.
Biarritz downed Montpellier 19-12 at the Parc des Sports Aquilera. The home side's Charles Gimenez scored the only try of the game with the boot of Dimitri Yachvili bringing up their other 12 points. For Montpellier, Jonathan Pelissie slotted two penalties with Francois Trinh-Duc and Hamish Gard also contributing three points each.
And Brive were also in action in the late kick-off and they beat Bordeaux-Begles 25-12 at their Stade Amédée-Domenech home. Brive's Sisa Koyamaibole scored the sole try of the game with Gaetan Germain knocking over 20 points. Pierre Bernard slotted 12 points for Bordeaux.
On Friday night, Jonny Wilkinson brilliantly outshone fellow fly-half Jonathan Sexton as European champions Toulon routed Racing-Metro 41-14 in the French Top 14 on Friday.
The 34-year-old Wilkinson played a key role in three of his team's five tries and kicked 16 points as Sexton endured a miserable night. Toulon took a 13-6 lead into half-time and the European champions had the match virtually wrapped up in the opening 15 minutes of the second period with two more tries.
Toulon finished the night with 13 men after replacement centre Sebastien Bastareaud was sin-binned and replacement Italian hooker Martin Castrogiovanni was red-carded. Racing also finished with 14 men after lock Karim Ghezal, also on as a replacement, was sent-off for his punch-up with Castrogiovanni.
Toulouse's Joe Tekori powers past Joe Rokocoko © Getty Images
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