Grenoble 30-12 La Rochelle
Stade des Alpes
Alipate Ratini continued with his scoring tries in the Top 14 league crossing the chalk in the second half to help Grenoble defeat La Rochelle at the Stade des Alpes, running out 30-12 winners.
The right winger used all his pace and power to crash over, and Jonathan Wisniewski’s conversion stretched the lead to 23-9 over a side that had two Flying Fijian backs in Albert Vulivuli at inside centre and Ratini’s counterpart at left wing Sireli Bobo.
After a first win of the campaign last week against Bordeaux, Fabrice Landreau’s men made a flying start against La Rochelle, with Charl McLeod going over after just two minutes.
With La Rochelle’s struggles on the road in their first two games, it looked like being a long afternoon, but the promoted side battled gamely in the first half, trailing just 13-6 at the break, thanks to the boot of Julien Audy.
Audy responded with another penalty, but the game was effectively over as a contest, and there was still time for Grenoble to grab one more try.
It was Wisniewski who scored it, seven minutes from time to secure the bonus point, after some great work from his forwards.
Tries: McLeod, Ratini, Wisniewski
Conversions: Wisniewski 3
Penalties: Wisniewski 3
For La Rochelle:
Penalties: Audy 4
Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gegenbacher (c), 14 Alipate Ratini, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Henry Vanderglas, 5 Hendrik Roodt, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Richard Choirat, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet, 17 Remy Hugues, 18 Kevin Goze, 19 Thibaud Rey, 20 Rory Grice, 21 Valentin Courrent, 22 Chris Farrell, 23 Mahamadou Diaby.
La Rochelle: 15 Arthur Cestaro, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Charles Lagarde, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Sireli Bobo, 10 Hamish Gard, 9 Julien Audy, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Benoit Guyot, 6 Nicolas Djebaili, 5 Cobus Grobler, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Lekso Kaulashvili, 2 Benjamin Geledan, 1 Vincent Pelo.
Replacements: 16 Rassie van Vuuren, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Kevin Gourdon, 20 Julien Berger, 21 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 22 Damien Cler, 23 Benoit Bourrust.
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Lyon 26-23 Oyonnax
Late tries from Toby Arnold and Deon Fourie helped Lyon see off Oyonnax for a second win in as many weeks.
The promoted side had beaten Brive last time out, but they looked in trouble at half-time in this one, trailing 13-6 after half an hour when Damian Browne powered over.
Lachie Munro kept Lyon in touch with four penalties, reducing the deficit to a point with three minutes gone in the second half.
Benjamin Urdapilleta had extended it back to four points, but just after the hour Munro set up Arnold for the home side’s first try.
Oyonnax then lost Olivier Missoup to a yellow card for a cynical foul, and Lyon took full advantage to score from a catch and drive, Fourie finishing it off.
Munro converted, and despite last-minute try from Regis Lespinas, which he converted, Lyon held on for the win, with Oyonnax taking a losing bonus point.
Tries: Arnold, Fourie
Conversions: Munro 2
Penalties: Munro 4
Yellow Card: Felsina
Tries: Browne, Lespinas
Conversions: Urdapilleta, Lespinas
Penalties: Urdapilleta 3
Yellow Card: Clerc, Missoup
Lyon: 15 Vincent Martin, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Mosese Ratuvou, 10 Lachie Munro, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Sakiusa Matadigo, 7 George Smith, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Coenie Basson, 4 Lionel Nallet (c), 3 Jeremy Castex, 2 Jean-Philippe Bonrepaux, 1 Bogdan Balan.
Replacements: 16 Vincent Colliat, 17 Emmanuel Felsina, 18 Karim Ghezal, 19 Deon Fourie, 20 Mathieu Loree, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Franck Romanet, 23 Anthony Roux.
Oyonnax: 15 Florian Denos (c), 14 Maxime Le Bourhis, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Roimata Hansell-Pune, 11 Jean-François Coux, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Fabien Cibray, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 5 Damien Browne, 4 Miroslav Nemecek, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha.
Replacements: 16 Clement Jullien, 17 Ruaan du Preez, 18 Leon Power, 19 Viliami Ma’afu, 20 Agustin Figuerola, 21 Regis Lespinas, 22 Hemani Paea, 23 Antoine Tichit.
Referee: Sébastien Minery
Stade Français 34-29 Bayonne
Stade Jean Bouin
Stade Français overcame a second-half slump to down Bayonne 34-29 to get back on track in the Top 14.
The Parisians found themselves behind early on when Aretz Iguiniz took advantage of a poor lineout to go over, but Stade responded immediately through skipper Sergio Parisse.
The Italian showed his pace when sprinting over after collecting a loose ball but Bayonne were up 10-7 thanks to the boot of Blair Stewart just after half an hour when Scott Spedding was sin-binned.
The full-back was penalised for killing the ball right on the Bayonne line, and Stade took full advantage with a try from Antoine Burban after a rolling maul.
And they managed another before the break from Rabah Slimani, after a clever lineout move.
The visitors trailed 17-10, but they fought back in the second half with three penalties from Stewart to go back in front with 15 minutes remaining.
That stirred the home side into life, and they scored a great team try through Waisea Nayacelavu after a lovely miss-pass from Jules Plisson.
Julien Dupuy, who had impressed since coming on, added another try sneaking over from the back of a ruck.
Bayonne responded with a second try from Spedding, sprinting through a huge gap to race in from halfway, and Stewart then added a late penalty to give Bayonne a bonus point at the death.
For Stade Français:
Tries: Parisse, Burban, Slimani, Nayacalevu, Dupuy
Conversions: Plisson, Dupuy 2
Yellow Card: Nicolas
Tries: Iguiniz, Spedding
Conversions: Stewart 2
Penalties: Stewart 4
Yellow Cards: Spedding, Ollivon
Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Zak Taulafo, 18 Pascal Pape, 19 Scott Lavalla, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Vincent Mallet, 22 Waisea Nayacalevu, 23 Adrien Oleon.
Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Mathieu Ugalde, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Jon Elissalde, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 Christophe Loustalot, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Mark Chisholm (c), 6 Pierre Gayraud, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Giorgi Jgenti, 2 Gregory Arganese, 1 Aretz Iguiniz.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Janse van Rensburg, 18 Opeti Fonua, 19 Jean Jo Marmouyet, 20 Guillaume Rouet, 21 Charles Ollivon, 22 Gillen Larrart, 23 Florian Lapeyrade.
Referee: Pascal Pechambert