Stade Francais regain top spot in France

Stade Francais regained top spot in the French Top 14 championship on Saturday following a 26-11 win at Perpignan with Bayonne, 17-6 winners over Clermont on Friday, in second spot.

Tries from Dave Vainqueur and Julien Arias orchestrated the win by the Parisians, who had Lionel Beauxis and Juan Martin Hernandez once again at their disposal. Christophe Manas touched down for Perpignan.

Bayonne were in provisional second spot following their third successive victory of the season while Clermont now have only one victory in three matches before next Saturday’s hosting of Toulouse.

Outsiders Montauban thanked the boot of Fabien Fortassin for all their points — five penalties and a drop goal — in an 18-14 victory over Bourgoin to put themselves third.

Tenth-placed Brive and Castres, a place further back, drew 16-16 which was a result neither team wanting as both are without a victory so far this season.

Dax, in 13th place, also missed a chance to get points on the board after being defeated 9-6 at home by Montpellier.

Saturday’s late match sees Tana Umaga’s Toulon at Mont-de-Marsan while Toulouse host Biarritz on Sunday.

Sapa-AFP –

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