2012–13 Top 14 season
|2012–13 Top 14 season|
|Attendance||2,589,905 (average 13,850 per match)|
|Tries scored||664 (average 3.551 per match)|
|Top point scorer||Rory Kockott (376)|
|Top try scorer||Napolioni Nalaga (13)|
The 2012–13 Top 14 competition was a French domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Two new teams from the 2011–12 Pro D2 season were promoted to Top 14 this year, Grenoble and Stade Montois in place of the two relegated teams, CA Brive and Lyon OU. Home-and-away play began on 17 August 2012 and continued through to 5 May 2013. The regular season was followed by a three-round playoff involving the top six sides. The final was contested at the Stade de France between Toulon and Castres; the match was won 19–14 by Castres to earn them their first title since the controversial final in 1993.
- Bayonne took one match across the Spanish border to Estadio Anoeta in Donostia-San Sebastián in 2012–13.
- Biarritz has historically taken at least one home match per season to the Anoeta, but has not done so since the 2010–11 season.
- In 2012–13, Bordeaux Bègles played eight of their 13 home matches at the larger Stade Chaban-Delmas and only five at their traditional home of Stade André-Moga.
- In 2012–13, Grenoble played four home matches at the city's largest venue, Stade des Alpes.
- In 2012–13, Perpignan played one home match at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona.
- Racing took two 2012–13 home matches to Stade de France.
- Stade Français' offices are in the 16th arrondissement, although they are currently playing in the 13th arrondissement.
- Stade Français' traditional home, Stade Jean-Bouin, is closed while a new stadium is built on the site; the new Jean-Bouin is expected to open for the 2013–14 season. The club also regularly takes at least three home matches per season to Stade de France; in 2012–13, they played three at Stade de France plus one at Grand Stade Lille Métropole in Villeneuve d'Ascq.
- Toulon took one home match to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in 2012–13, resuming a past practice that they skipped in 2011–12.
- Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium Municipal. Two of their 2012–13 home matches were played there.
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Tries For||Tries Against||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points||Head-to-Head|
|5||Montpellier Hérault||26||16||0||10||570||520||+50||52||38||5||4||73||Montpellier 5–5, 31–29|
|8||Aviron Bayonnais||26||12||1||13||467||609||-142||32||54||1||6||57||Bayonne 6–3|
|10||Stade Français||26||12||1||13||578||691||-113||42||60||2||2||54||Stade Français 5–4|
Updated 18 May 2013
|Yellow background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2013–14 Heineken Cup. Green background (rows 3 and 4) receive home quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the 2013–14 Heineken Cup. Blue background (rows 5 and 6) receive away quarter-final play-off places, and will also receive Heineken Cup berths (barring highly unlikely circumstances). Orange background (row 7) indicates team that receives an extra Heineken Cup berth because Toulon won the Heineken Cup. Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Source:ESPN Scrum|
All times are in Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).
10 May 2013
|Try: Fickou 18' m
Picamoles 54' c
Con: McAllister (1/2)
Pen: McAllister (7/7) 3', 28', 40', 48', 58', 68', 75'
|Try: Matadigo 36' m
Chavancy 55' m
Pen: Wisniewski (3/3) 5', 12', 61'
11 May 2013
|Try: Claassen 46' c
Con: Kockott (1/1)
Pen: Kockott (5/9) 25', 30', 39', 53', 63'
Drop: Talès (1/1) 13'
|Pen: Paillaugue (4/4) 2', 19', 34', 58'
24 May 2013
|Try: Rossouw 2' m
D. Armitage 72' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/2)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/4) 10', 54' 70'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/1) 64'
|Report||Pen: McAlister (3/3) 6', 30', 43'
25 May 2013
|Pen: Delany (3/3) 28', 46', 59'
||Report||Try: Cabannes 63' c
Con: Kockott (1/1)
Pen: Kockott (6/8) 9', 19', 36', 40', 44', 53'
1 June 2013
|Try: D. Armitage 80'+1 m
Pen: Wilkinson (3/6) 7', 47' 67'
|Report||Try: Kockott 40'+1 c
Con: Kockott (1/1)
Pen: Kockott (2/3) 14', 79'
Drop: Talès (2/2) 72', 74'
Top points scorers
Updated 11 June 2013
|1||Kockott, RoryRory Kockott||Castres Olympique||Scrum-half||376||8||33||90||0|
|2||Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson||RC Toulon||Fly-half||373||0||47||85||8|
|3||Hook, JamesJames Hook||USA Perpignan||Fly-half||262||2||21||68||2|
|4||Lopez, CamilleCamille Lopez||Union Bordeaux Bègles||Fly-half||232||2||33||49||3|
|5||Porical, JérômeJérôme Porical||Stade Français||Fullback||224||0||13||66||0|
|6||McAlister, LukeLuke McAlister||Stade Toulousain||Fly-half||222||3||33||47||0|
|7||Wisniewski, JonathanJonathan Wisniewski||Racing Metro 92||Fly-half||191||2||14||49||2|
|8||Parra, MorganMorgan Parra||ASM Clermont Auvergne||Scrum-half||186||1||35||37||0|
|9||Barnard, ConradConrad Barnard||SU Agen||Fly-half||179||0||10||51||2|
|10||Paillaugue, BenoîtBenoît Paillaugue||Stade Toulousain||Fly-half||179||3||13||46||0|
Top try scorers
Updated 11 June 2013
|1||Nalaga, NapolioniNapolioni Nalaga||ASM Clermont Auvergne||Wing||13|
|2||Fofana, WesleyWesley Fofana||ASM Clermont Auvergne||Centre||10|
|3||Clerc, VincentVincent Clerc||Stade Toulousain||Wing||9|
|Smith, DavidDavid Smith||RC Toulon||Wing|
|5||Kockott, RoryRory Kockott||Castres Olympique||Scrum-half||8|
|Matanavou, TimociTimoci Matanavou||Stade Toulousain||Wing|
|Nakaitaci, NoaNoa Nakaitaci||ASM Clermont Auvergne||Wing|
|Talebula, MetuiselaMetuisela Talebula||Union Bordeaux Bègles||Fullback|
|9||Andreu, MarcMarc Andreu||Castres Olympique||Wing||7|
|Armitage, SteffonSteffon Armitage||RC Toulon||Flanker|
|Giteau, MattMatt Giteau||RC Toulon||Centre|
|Martial, RomainRomain Martial||Castres Olympique||Wing|
|Nagusa, TimociTimoci Nagusa||Montpellier HR||Wing|
|Palisson, AlexisAlexis Palisson||RC Toulon||Wing|
|Sivivatu, SitiveniSitiveni Sivivatu||ASM Clermont Auvergne||Wing|
Notes and references
- "2012–13 Calendar". Ligue National de Rugby. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Chesterman, Barnaby (2 June 2013). "Castres stun Toulon to win French Top 14 title". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Top 14: Toulon-Castres, souviens-toi, il y a vingt ans..." [Top 14: Toulon, Castres, remember, there are twenty ...]. www.lepoint.fr (in French). 1 June 2013. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- Pulze, Stéphane (3 June 2013). "Castres et "la magie du rugby"" [Castres and "the magic of rugby"]. Républicain Lorrain (in French). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Les budgets 2012–2013 des clubs du Top 14" [The 2012-2013 budgets clubs Top 14]. www.sport.fr (in French). 19 August 2012. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
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