Racing stay top after beating Biarritz in Top 14

Racing Metro eked out a scrappy 17-12 victory over Biarritz on Saturday to remain in pole position of the Top 14.

Racing outside-half Jonathan Wisniewski hit an early penalty but missed the conversion to a 10th minute try from winger Benjamin Fall.

Racing snubbed a penalty opportunity to go for touch, rumbled to the line, and saw the ball spun wide by centre Henry Chavancy to Fall, the wing-cum-fullback signed in the off-season from Bayonne crossing unmolested in the corner.

The Parisian club’s Italian centre Mirco Bergamasco then saved a try, just tipping away a Adrien Ayestaran grubber from Takudzwa Ngwenya’s fingers.

But Biarritz finally got on the scoreboard when Julien Peyrelongue struck a 25th minute penalty after a late Jones Qovu tackle.

Wisniewski hit back with his second and third penalties either side of the break, but Peyrelongue kept the visitors in the game with a drop-goal of his own.

Dimitri Yachvili, on for Ayestaran, notched up a 65th minute penalty but missed a second effort before nailing another with six minutes to play to ensure Biarritz returned to the Basque country with a bonus defensive point.

European champions Toulouse missed their chance to move above second-placed Toulon, 26-3 winners over bottom club Bourgoin, after they were held 16-16 by Brive.

Stade Francais gave their stuttering start to the season a boost with a much-needed 27-12 win over newly-promoted Agen.

And defending Top 14 champions Clermont racked up a 24-6 victory over Castres to give the table a distinctly middle-heavy look.

Saturday’s late games see Bayonne host Perpignan and Montpellier entertaining La Rochelle.

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