France Top 14 2013/14 season Round Ten. So we are back following two weeks of European Rugby and we have a few mixed results and full on games. Having said that we got two calls wrong with Perpignan going down at Bayonne and Toulon at Toulouse.
The full round-up of the weekend started with the Bayonne v Montpellier game which they won 24-19. Having been as close at 18-13 at the break. Next up all the other games were played on Saturday with Toulouse Toulon one of the picks. This game ended 13-12 in favour of Toulouse as Jonny Wilkinson scrapped the posts with the last kick of the match. Toulon had been 0-12 in the lead at the break, yet another occasion when they relaxed and payed the price. So to Castres who trashed sorry Biarritz 39-0. The season does not improve in spite of Europe for Biarritz they were already down 27-0 at the break. Fortress Marcel Michelin was next and it retained its reputation as this time Brive went down 36-29. Half-time here had been 20-20 but as usual Clermont upped things in the second half.
The battle of the smaller clubs next as Grenoble hosted Oyonnax and beat them 33-10, moving on from16-3 at the break. Back to the old guard Perpignan Bordeaux Begles next and another home win 31-20. This was tied up at 12-12 at the end of the first half. the Paris clash last as Racing Metro hosted Stade Francais in another of there humdingers. Victors this time out were the hosts 16-12. It was all a bit nip and tuck at he break at 10-6 and so it stayed until the final whistle four points a fine line as they match point for point.
Two wrong with Montpellier and Toulon losing much against what we expected. Could it be the European influence? anyway here are all the results.
Results Round Ten
Sat 26 Oct Bayonne 24-19 Montpellier Stade Jean Dauger
Sat 26 Oct Castres 39-0 Biarritz Stade Pierre Antoine
Sat 26 Oct Clermont 36-29 Brive Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Sat 26 Oct Grenoble 23-10 Oyonnax Stade Lesdiguières
Sat 26 Oct Perpignan 31-20 Bordeaux Stade Aimé Giral
Sat 26 Oct Racing Metro 16-12 Paris Stade Yves Du Manoir
Sat 26 Oct Toulouse 13-12 Toulon Stade Ernest Wallon
Round Eleven this week and we do not expect any surprises so here are our picks as usual in Bold:
Fixtures Round Eleven
All Times UK
Fri 01 Nov 18:00 Toulon v Bordeaux Stade Mayol
Fri 01 Nov 20:00 Castres v Clermont Stade Pierre Antoine
Sat 02 Nov 14:05 Brive v Toulouse Stade Amédée Domenech
Sat 02 Nov 17:30 Biarritz v Racing Metro Parc des Sports d’Aguilera
Sat 02 Nov 17:30 Oyonnax v Perpignan Stade Charles Mathon
Sat 02 Nov 17:30 Montpellier v Grenoble Stade Yves Du Manoir
Sat 02 Nov 19:30 Paris v Bayonne Stade Jean Bouin