La Rochelle Stalk Clermont After Big Win

La Rochelle stalk Clermont after big win

PARIS, Jan 2 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 02nd Jan, 2017 ) : La Rochelle hammered struggling Grenoble 40-3 on Sunday to join Clermont at the summit of the French Top 14. The one-sided victory for Patrice Collazo's rampant men propelled La Rochelle up to 46 points in the standings after 15 games, level with Clermont, losers 26-20 to Toulouse on Saturday.

La Rochelle, who will now be eyeing outright top spot when they host Castres next Saturday, romped home in front of a crowd of 15,000 with flying winger Gabriel Lacroix among the try-scorers on a chilly afternoon.

Grenoble remain deep in trouble in 13th and one spot off the bottom rung, occupied by Bayonne. "We had to start the year as we finished the previous one (victory over Bayonne 42-17), take five points and remain unbeaten at home," said the red-hot Lacroix.

"We have ambitions, we are co-leaders tonight and we're going to try to stay at the top." Third are Montpellier, who went down 32-27 to southern rivals Pau on Saturday. In the final game of the weekend action, Toulon defeated Racing 17-11 in the battle for fourth place.