Top 14 - Round 5 Review
Montauban upset high-flying Toulon
September 6, 2009

Montauban followed up their stunning midweek victory over Stade Francais by inflicting the first loss of the season on high-flying Toulon at the Stade de Sapiac.

Tries from Julien Raynaud and the prolific Vilimoni Delasau sealed a 21-18 victory as Toulon again struggled to cross the try-line. Their points all came from the kicking tee, with Sebastien Fauque and Conrad Barnard filling in for a rested Jonny Wilkinson.

Montauban fly-half Cedric Rosalen put five potentially costly misses behind him and stroked over his second penalty, to add to a drop-goal and conversion, on the stroke of full-time to seal the points and send Phillipe Saint-Andre's men home with only a losing bonus-point.

Reigning champions Perpignan avoided a similar fate by seeing off the challenge of Racing Metro with a narrow 18-14 win at the Stade Yves du Manoir.

Nicolas Durand and Maxime Mermoz cancelled out Henry Chavancy's try for the home side with tries either side of the break.

Former All Black fly-half Andrew Mehrtens suffered a mixed afternoon with the boot, landing two early penalties but letting several opportunities slip by. Perpignan fullback Jerome Porical ably responded with two of his own and the points belonged to the champions.

Star-studded Stade Francais were beaten 30-22 by Biarritz at the Parc des Sports Aguilera, the Parisians ambling to their second defeat in three days.

The game saw Stade's summer recruits from the Guinness Premiership, James Haskell, Tom Palmer, Julien Dupuy and Ollie Phillips endure an unhappy reunion with familiar faces Iain Balshaw, Ayoola Erinle and Magnus Lund.

Biarrtiz employed their Pacific Islands connection to take the lead, with Fijian wing Ilikena Bolakoro and Tongan flanker Samiu Vahafolau both scoring first-half tries. Noel Oelschig, deployed at fly-half for Stade, chimed in with two drop-goals in the opening period after an early penalty but the stuttering giants failed to secure anything more substantial.

Nevertheless the boot of scrum-half Julien Dupuy kept them in touch, his second penalty closing the gap to five points with 10 minutes left. The home side underlined their greater attacking capacity soon after however, electric USA international wing Takudzwa Ngwenya scoring their third to condemn Stade to back-to-back defeats despite a last-gasp penalty try.

Romain Teulet powered Castres to victory over Montpellier, the fly-half scoring 21 points in a 33-18 victory at the Stade Pierre-Antione.

After Castres were given the all-clear following an outbreak of swine-flu in the squad, Teulet seized control and notched a try, two conversions and four penalties.

Former All Black Chris Masoe chipped in with Castres' first try shortly after the break with the sides having been locked together at 6-6 at the break. Montpellier fly-half Beneoit Paillaugue scrapped for his side's points, scoring all 18 with five penalties and a second- half drop-goal.

With moments left on the clock the referee ended the away side's resistance, handing Castres a penalty try and with it the points.

Brive cantered past league new-boys Albi 39-6 at the Stade Amedee-Domenech. The away side were made to pay for some poor discipline, with centre Saulal Radidi, fly-half Blair Stewart and flanker Daniel Farani all spending ten minutes in the sin-bin.

Ronnie Cooke picked up the opening try of the game for Brive, adding to and early penalty by fly-half Luciano Orqera after Albi fullback Frederic Manca had given his side the lead with a pair of three-pointers.

Following difficult losses to Toulouse, Racing Metro and Perpignan, Brive powered past their newly-promoted opposition, who had the benefit of a full week's preparation after their midweek game with Castres was called off .

Argentina international wing Horacio Agulla continued the scoring after the break, before England centre Jamie Noon notched his first try after a summer move from Newcastle. No.8 Antoine Claassen scored his second try seconds from the end to seal a well-deserved victory.

Bourgoin's troubled season continued after a first-half blitz from Bayonne ended their hopes of victory at the Stade Jean Dauger.

The scoreboard read 51-6 at the final whistle, Bayonne scoring seven tries with two tries apiece to the back three of Pepito Elhorga, Benjamin Fall and fullback Jean-Baptiste Peyras-Loustalet. All Black Ross Filipo bagged the seventh late on to get Brive's season back on track after a narrow loss to Toulouse in midweek.

Elhorga crossed with barely two minutes on the clock, scrum-half Benat Arrayet keeping the scoreboard ticking over with two first-half penalties. The financially-stricken Bourgoin could muster only two penalties from fly-half Benjamin Boyet, a disappointing return for a side fresh from a midweek victory over Racing Metro.


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