2018–19 Top 14 season

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2018–19 Top 14
Countries  France
Matches played 35
Attendance 476,044
(average 13,601 per match)
Highest attendance 20,132
Bordeaux Bègles 23–19 Clermont
(22 September 2018)
Lowest attendance 7,761
Agen 25–23 Perpignan
(2 September 2018)
Top point scorer Scotland Greig Laidlaw
(Clermont)
55 points
Top try scorer France Gaël Fickou
(Stade Français)
Ireland Simon Zebo (Racing)
5 tries each
Official website
www.lnr.fr/rugby-top-14

The 2018–19 Top 14 competition is the 120th French domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Two new teams from the 2017–18 Pro D2 season were promoted to Top 14 (Perpignan and Grenoble) in place of the two relegated teams, Oyonnax and Brive.

Teams[edit]

Club City (department) Stadium Capacity
Sporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) Stade Armandie 14,000
Union Bordeaux Bègles Bordeaux (Gironde) Stade Chaban-Delmas
Matmut Atlantique
34,694
42,115
Castres Olympique Castres (Tarn) Stade Pierre-Fabre 12,500
Association sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022
FC Grenoble Grenoble (Isère) Stade des Alpes 20,068
Lyon Olympique Universitaire Lyon (Métropole de Lyon) Matmut Stadium de Gerland 25,000
Montpellier Hérault Rugby Montpellier (Hérault) Altrad Stadium 15,697
Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Stade du Hameau 18,324
USA Perpignan Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales) Stade Aimé Giral 14,593
Racing 92 Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) Paris La Défense Arena 30,681
Stade Rochelais La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) Stade Marcel-Deflandre 16,000
Stade Français Paris Rugby Paris, 16th arrondissement Stade Jean-Bouin 20,000
Rugby Club Toulonnais Toulon (Var) Stade Mayol[a 1] 18,200
Stade Toulousain Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) Stade Ernest-Wallon[a 2] 19,500

Number of teams by regions[edit]

Teams Region or country Team(s)
4  Nouvelle-Aquitaine Agen, Bordeaux Bègles, La Rochelle, and Pau
 Occitanie Castres, Montpellier, Perpignan, and Toulouse
3  Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Clermont, Grenoble, and Lyon
2  Île-de-France Racing 92 and Stade Français
1  Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Toulon

Competition format[edit]

The top six teams at the end of the regular season (after all the teams played one another twice, once at home, once away) enter a knockout stage to decide the Champions of France. This consists of three rounds: the teams finishing third to sixth in the table play quarter-finals (hosted by the third and fourth placed teams). The winners then face the top two teams in the semi-finals, with the winners meeting in the final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

The LNR uses a slightly different bonus points system from that used in most other rugby competitions. It trialled a new system in 2007–08 explicitly designed to prevent a losing team from earning more than one bonus point in a match,[1] a system that also made it impossible for either team to earn a bonus point in a drawn match. LNR chose to continue with this system for subsequent seasons.[2]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[2]

  • 4 points for a win.
  • 2 points for a draw.
  • 1 bonus point for winning while scoring at least 3 more tries than the opponent. This replaces the standard bonus point for scoring 4 tries regardless of the match result.
  • 1 bonus point for losing by 5 points (or fewer). The margin had been 7 points until being changed prior to the 2014–15 season.

Table[edit]

2018–19 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff. Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Clermont 5 4 0 1 195 106 +89 21 10 2 0 19
2 Stade Français 5 4 0 1 148 88 +60 17 11 2 0 18
3 Racing 5 3 0 2 145 97 +48 19 8 2 0 14
4 Castres 5 3 0 2 111 104 +7 12 11 1 1 14
5 Toulouse 5 3 1 1 117 145 –28 13 19 0 0 14
6 La Rochelle 5 3 0 2 135 113 +22 19 14 1 0 13
7 Lyon 5 2 1 2 122 94 +28 13 9 1 1 12
8 Montpellier 5 2 1 2 144 118 +26 17 15 1 1 12
9 Bordeaux 5 2 1 2 98 89 +9 9 5 1 1 12
10 Toulon 5 2 0 3 90 112 –22 11 10 1 0 9
11 Pau 5 2 0 3 99 124 –25 9 12 0 1 9
12 Agen 5 2 0 3 80 199 –119 7 28 0 0 8
13 Grenoble 5 1 0 4 106 126 –20 8 16 0 2 6
14 Perpignan 5 0 0 5 86 161 –75 9 16 0 1 1

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Competition points earned in head-to-head matches
  2. Points difference in head-to-head matches
  3. Try differential in head-to-head matches
  4. Points difference in all matches
  5. Try differential in all matches
  6. Points scored in all matches
  7. Tries scored in all matches
  8. Fewer matches forfeited
  9. Classification in the previous Top 14 season
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2019–20 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the Relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to Rugby Pro D2.
Final table


Relegation[edit]

Starting from the 2017–18 season forward, only the 14th placed team will be automatically relegated to Pro D2. The 13th placed team will face the runner-up of the Pro D2 play-off, with the winner of that play-off taking up the final place in Top 14 for the following season.[3]

Fixtures & Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

25 August 2018
14:45
Perpignan 15–46 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 14,466
Referee: Laurent Cardona
25 August 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 41–19 Pau
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 17,126[4]
Referee: Pierre Brousset
25 August 2018
17:15
Lyon 16–16 Toulouse
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 13,047
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
25 August 2018
17:15
La Rochelle 28–21 Grenoble
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 15,983
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
25 August 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Clermont 67–23 Agen
Report
25 August 2018
20:45
Toulon 9–25 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Romain Poite
26 August 2018
17:05
(1 BP) Montpellier 20–25 Castres
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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Round 2[edit]

1 September 2018
14:45
Pau 20–10 Toulon
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 13,557
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
1 September 2018
18:00
Castres 19–16 Lyon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,250[7]
Referee: Adrien Descottes
1 September 2018
18:00
Stade Français 20–8 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 12,366
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
1 September 2018
18:00
Montpellier 36–14 La Rochelle
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,000[8]
Referee: Thomas Charabas
1 September 2018
20:45
(1 BP) Grenoble 20–23 Toulouse
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 13,856
Referee: Cyril Lafon
2 September 2018
12:30
Agen 25–23 Perpignan (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,761
Referee: Julien Castaignède
2 September 2018
16:50
Racing 17–40 Clermont
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 19,152[9]
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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Round 3[edit]

8 September 2018
14:45
Bordeaux Bègles 9–9 Montpellier
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 15,567
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
8 September 2018
17:00
Toulouse 33–26 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,526[11]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
8 September 2018
19:00
Perpignan 16–22 Lyon
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,066
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
8 September 2018
19:00
(1 BP) Racing 59–7 Agen
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 9,657
Referee: Tual Trainini
8 September 2018
21:00
(1 BP) Clermont 42–20 Stade Français
Report
9 September 2018
12:30
(1 BP) Grenoble 21–24 Pau
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
9 September 2018
16:50
Toulon 28–27 Castres (1 BP)
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,136
Referee: Laurent Cardona

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Round 4[edit]

15 September 2018
14:45
(1 BP) Lyon 55–13 Montpellier
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 11,298
Referee: Romain Poite
15 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Pau 23–27 Clermont
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 14,467
Referee: Thomas Charabas
15 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Castres 29–13 Grenoble
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 9,700
Referee: Julien Castaignède
15 September 2018
18:00
Agen 22–17 Bordeaux Bègles (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,288[13]
Referee: Cyril Lafon
15 September 2018
20:45
Toulouse 30–17 Racing
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,200[14]
Referee: Adrien Descottes
16 September 2018
12:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle 37–10 Perpignan
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Pierre Brousset
16 September 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Stade Français 37–10 Toulon
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 13,478
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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Round 5[edit]

22 September 2018
14:45
Bordeaux Bègles 23–19 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 20,132
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
22 September 2018
18:00
La Rochelle 30–13 Lyon
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Tual Trainini
22 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Toulon 33–3 Agen
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,395[16]
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
22 September 2018
18:00
Grenoble 31–22 Perpignan
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 13,000[17]
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
22 September 2018
20:45
Racing 27–11 Castres
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 15,102[18]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
23 September 2018
12:30
Pau 13–25 Stade Français
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,400
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
23 September 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Montpellier 66–15 Toulouse
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 11,652[19]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

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Round 6[edit]

29 September 2018
15:10
Toulouse v Castres
29 September 2018
18:00
Perpignan v Montpellier
29 September 2018
18:00
Agen v Pau
29 September 2018
18:00
Lyon v Grenoble
30 September 2018
16:50
Stade Français v Racing

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Leading scorers[edit]

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-WR nationalities.

Attendances[edit]

  • Attendances do not include the semi-finals or final as these are at neutral venues.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Agen 2 16,049 8,025 8,288 7,761
Bordeaux Bègles 3 52,825 17,608 20,132 15,567
Castres 2 19,950 9,975 10,250 9,700
Clermont 2 34,916 17,458 18,388 16,528
Grenoble 3 38,856 12,952 13,856 12,000
La Rochelle 3 47,983 15,994 16,000 15,983
Lyon 2 24,345 12,173 13,047 11,298
Montpellier 3 32,652 10,884 11,652 10,000
Pau 3 40,424 13,475 14,467 12,400
Perpignan 2 25,532 12,766 14,466 11,066
Racing 92 3 43,911 14,637 19,152 9,657
Stade Francais 2 25,844 12,922 13,478 12,366
Toulon 3 44,031 14,677 17,500 13,136
Toulouse 2 28,726 14,363 14,526 14,200

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In recent years, Toulon has taken occasional home matches to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and Allianz Riviera in Nice.
  2. ^ Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium Municipal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French try out new bonus point system". Planet-rugby.com. 27 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Article 330, Section 3.2. Points "terrain"" (PDF). Règlements de la Ligue Nationale de Rugby 2008/2009, Chapitre 2 : Règlement sportif du Championnat de France Professionnel (in French). LNR. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  3. ^ Mortimer, Gavin (18 August 2016). "French rugby enjoys a popularity boom as it looks to the future". Rugby World. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Toulouse et Lyon se neutralisent". La Nouvelle République. 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Agen en cellule de dégrisement à Clermont". La Dépêche. 27 August 2018.
  6. ^ "1ère journée". L'Equipe. 25 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Castres : attention aux ratés". La Dépêche. 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Montpellier se rassure". La Dépêche. 2 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Un Clermont sacrément revanchard". Le Bien Public. 3 September 2018.
  10. ^ "2ème journée". L'Equipe. 2 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Stade Toulousain : quel appétit...offensif". La Dépêche. 9 September 2018.
  12. ^ "3ème journée". L'Equipe. 9 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Armandie capitale de l'Aquitaine !". La Dépêche. 17 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Ce Stade Toulousain a du coffre". La Dépêche. 16 September 2018.
  15. ^ "4ème journée". L'Equipe. 16 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Toulon - Agen: 33 - 3". Midi Olympique. 24 September 2018. p. 6.
  17. ^ "Grenoble - Perpignan: 31 - 22". Midi Olympique. 24 September 2018. p. 11.
  18. ^ "Racing 92 - Castres: 27 - 11". Midi Olympique. 24 September 2018. p. 12.
  19. ^ "Montpellier - Toulouse: 66 - 15". Midi Olympique. 24 September 2018. p. 7.
  20. ^ "5ème journée". L'Equipe. 24 September 2018.
  21. ^ "6ème journée". L'Equipe. 30 September 2018.