2018–19 Top 14 season

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2018–19 Top 14
Countries France
Matches played63
Attendance861,859
(average 13,680 per match)
Highest attendance25,200
Bordeaux Bègles 34–22 La Rochelle
(29 September 2018)
Lowest attendance7,706
Agen 9–9 Grenoble
(27 October 2018)
Top point scorerFrance Baptiste Serin
(Bordeaux Bègles)
91 points
Top try scorerMultiple players
6 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]

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 9 6 1 2 303 163 +140 35 14 4 2 32
2 Toulouse 9 6 1 2 225 189 36 27 23 2 1 29
3 Stade Français 9 6 0 3 209 175 +34 22 19 2 1 27
4 Lyon 9 5 1 3 229 154 +75 24 14 3 1 26
5 Racing 9 6 0 3 243 173 +70 30 16 2 1 26
6 La Rochelle 9 6 0 3 219 197 +22 27 22 1 1 25
7 Castres 9 5 0 4 189 191 –2 19 21 2 2 24
8 Bordeaux Bègles 9 4 1 4 192 192 0 20 17 2 2 22
9 Montpellier 9 4 1 4 229 207 +22 28 26 1 2 21
10 Pau 8 4 0 5 177 236 –59 17 25 0 1 17
11 Grenoble 9 2 2 5 176 221 –45 13 26 0 3 14
12 Toulon 9 3 0 6 150 198 –48 16 20 1 1 14
13 Agen 9 2 1 6 143 279 –136 12 35 0 2 12
14 Perpignan 9 0 0 9 149 258 –109 14 26 0 4 4

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 — source: [1]

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

[6]


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

[10]


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

[12]


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

[15]


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

[20]


Round 6[edit]

29 September 2018
15:10
(1 BP) Toulouse 22–26 Castres
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,838
Referee: Romain Poite
29 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Perpignan 20–23 Montpellier
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,466
Referee: Tual Trainini
29 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Agen 25–28 Pau
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,205
Referee: Laurent Cardona
29 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 34–22 La Rochelle
Report
Matmut Atlantique
Attendance: 25,200[21]
Referee: Maxime Chalon
29 September 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Lyon 34–6 Grenoble
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 14,875
Referee: Pascal Gauzere
29 September 2018
20:45
(1 BP) Clermont 28–8 Toulon
Report
30 September 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Stade Français 16–17 Racing
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 15,500[22]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

[23]


Round 7[edit]

6 October 2018
14:45
La Rochelle 16–12 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
6 October 2018
18:00
Pau 12–9 Perpignan (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,267
Referee: Cyril Lafon
6 October 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Racing 13–19 Lyon
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 15,123
Referee: Thomas Charabas
6 October 2018
18:00
Grenoble 28–25 Bordeaux Bègles (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
6 October 2018
20:45
Toulouse 10–0 Agen
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,213
Referee: Julien Castaignede
7 October 2018
12:30
(1 BP) Castres 9–14 Stade Français
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,325
Referee: Pascal Gauzere
7 October 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Montpellier 29–17 Toulon
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 12,537
Referee: Pierre Brousset

[24]


Round 8[edit]

27 October 2018
14:45
(1 BP) Clermont 41–6 Castres
Report
27 October 2018
18:00
Agen 9–9 Grenoble
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,706
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
27 October 2018
18:00
Racing 48–28 Pau
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 12,565
Referee: Tual Trainini
27 October 2018
18:00
Perpignan 18–36 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 13,266
Referee: Thomas Charabas
27 October 2018
20:45
Stade Français 25–20 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,442
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
28 October 2018
12:30
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 35–13 Lyon
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 13,273
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
28 October 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Toulon 9–13 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,970
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère

[26]


Round 9[edit]

3 November 2018
14:45
Grenoble 27–27 Clermont
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 15,551
Referee: Pierre Brousset
3 November 2018
18:45
La Rochelle 33–29 Agen (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Thomas Charabas
3 November 2018
18:45
(1 BP) Castres 37–10 Pau
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,027
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
3 November 2018
18:45
Toulon 26–16 Perpignan
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,988
Referee: Maxime Chalon
3 November 2018
18:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 40–0 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,372
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
4 November 2018
12:30
(1 BP) Lyon 41–6 Stade Français
Report
4 November 2018
16:50
Montpellier 13–27 Racing
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère

[27]


Round 10[edit]

24 November 2018
18:00
Agen Montpellier
24 November 2018
18:00
Bordeaux Bègles Toulon
24 November 2018
18:00
Clermont Lyon
24 November 2018
18:00
Pau Toulouse
24 November 2018
18:00
Perpignan Castres
24 November 2018
18:00
Racing Grenoble
24 November 2018
18:00
Stade Français La Rochelle

[28]

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 4 31,960 7,990 8,288 7,706 57%
Bordeaux Bègles 5 91,298 18,260 25,200 13,273 50%
Castres 4 40,302 10,076 10,325 9,700 81%
Clermont 4 72,325 18,081 18,756 16,528 95%
Grenoble 5 66,407 13,281 15,551 12,000 66%
La Rochelle 5 79,983 15,997 16,000 15,983 100%
Lyon 4 52,417 13,104 14,875 11,298 52%
Montpellier 5 55,689 11,138 12,537 10,000 71%
Pau 4 52,691 13,173 14,467 12,267 72%
Perpignan 4 50,264 12,566 14,466 11,066 86%
Racing 92 5 71,599 14,320 19,152 9,657 47%
Stade Francais 4 50,786 12,697 15,500 9,442 63%
Toulon 5 69,989 13,998 17,500 12,970 77%
Toulouse 5 76,149 15,230 18,838 14,200 78%

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.

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