2018–19 Top 14 season

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2018–19 Top 14
Countries France
Date25 August 2018 – 15 June 2019
ChampionsToulouse (20th title)
Runners-upClermont
RelegatedPerpignan, Grenoble
Matches played187
Attendance2,734,738
(average 14,624 per match)
Highest attendance79,786 (play-offs)
Toulouse v Clermont
15 June 2019
43,089 (league)
Toulon v Toulouse
6 April 2019
Lowest attendance6,100
Stade Français v Agen
13 April 2019
Top point scorerNew Zealand Ihaia West
(La Rochelle)
257 points
Top try scorerFrance Virimi Vakatawa
(Racing)
13 tries
Official website
www.lnr.fr/rugby-top-14

The 2018–19 Top 14 competition was the 120th season of the 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.

On 27 April 2019, Perpignan were relegated after they lost at home to La Rochelle, condemning the newly promoted side to the drop with three games still to play.[1] It was a truly dreadful season for Perpignan and one of the worst ever by a club in the history of the Top 14 - at one point it even looked like they might go through the whole season without a win but mercifully they finally achieved a victory on 16 February 2019 against Montpellier. They will be joined in 2018–19 Rugby Pro D2 by Grenoble, who lost the relegation playoff game, 22-28, to Brive.[2] Brive and Rugby Pro D2 champions, Bayonne, will play in the 2019–20 Top 14.[3]

The Top 14 final was contested between the top two teams in the league stage – Toulouse (1st) and Clermont (2nd) – who both won their semi-finals with relative ease. In the end it was Toulouse who triumphed at the Stade de France, seeing out a 24-18 victory to win its 20th title and the clubs first since 2012.[4] It was a well deserved victory for Le Stade, who were head and shoulders the best team in the league, finishing 15 points clear of Clermont and beating them twice out of three meetings (the other result was a draw). Despite missing out on the title, it was a still excellent season for Clermont, who massively improved on 2017-18 when they finished 9th, and also won the 2018–19 European Rugby Challenge Cup.

In terms of attendances, the Top 14 once again proved to be the most popular rugby union league in the world, with over 2.7 million supporters watching games that season. This was an average of 14,624 per game, slightly higher than the second best supported league - the 2018–19 English Premiership - which had an average of 14,507.

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 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,[5] 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.[6]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[6]

  • 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 Toulouse (C) 26 21 2 3 820 506 +314 102 57 9 1 98
2 Clermont (RU) 26 16 3 7 821 528 +293 92 49 9 4 83
3 Lyon (SF) 26 17 1 8 683 525 +158 72 56 7 1 78
4 Racing (QF) 26 15 1 10 743 563 +180 94 55 8 4 74
5 La Rochelle (SF) 26 16 0 10 719 616 +103 89 66 6 1 71
6 Montpellier (QF) 26 14 1 11 659 546 +113 82 55 6 6 70
7 Castres 26 15 0 11 508 499 +9 48 46 3 5 68
8 Stade Français 26 14 0 12 583 579 +4 58 62 4 4 64
9 Toulon 26 12 0 14 572 542 +30 69 56 6 3 57
10 Bordeaux Bègles 26 12 1 13 613 711 —98 65 84 4 3 57
11 Pau 26 9 0 17 501 756 —255 51 90 2 5 43
12 Agen 26 8 1 17 431 654 —223 38 78 0 4 38
13 Grenoble (R) 26 5 2 19 444 691 —247 32 82 0 5 29
14 Perpignan (R) 26 2 0 24 433 814 —381 41 97 0 4 12

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.[7]

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[8]
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[11]
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[12]
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

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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[15]
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[17]
Referee: Cyril Lafon
15 September 2018
20:45
Toulouse 30–17 Racing
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,200[18]
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[20]
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
22 September 2018
18:00
Grenoble 31–22 Perpignan
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 13,000[21]
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
22 September 2018
20:45
Racing 27–11 Castres
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 15,102[22]
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[23]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

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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[25]
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[26]
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz

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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
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 Castaignède
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

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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

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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

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Round 10[edit]

24 November 2018
14:45
Bordeaux Bègles 36–25 Toulon
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 19,848
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
24 November 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Agen 15–18 Montpellier
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 6,492
Referee: Cyril Lafon
24 November 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Pau 13–15 Toulouse
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 16,652
Referee: Laurent Cardona
24 November 2018
18:00
Racing 24–23 Grenoble (1 BP)
Report
24 November 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Perpignan 12–16 Castres
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,466
Referee: Adrien Descottes
25 November 2018
12:30
(1 BP) Stade Français 12–14 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,575
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
25 November 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Clermont 31–11 Lyon
Report

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Round 11[edit]

1 December 2018
14:45
(1 BP) Montpellier 23–28 Clermont
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 13,387
Referee: Romain Poite
1 December 2018
18:05
(1 BP) Castres 13–16 Agen
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,365[33]
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
1 December 2018
18:05
La Rochelle 16–11 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Pierre Brousset
1 December 2018
18:05
(1 BP) Lyon 30–10 Pau
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 11,557
Referee: Cédric Marchat
1 December 2018
20:45
(1 BP) Toulon 22–3 Grenoble
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,804
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
2 December 2018
12:30
Perpignan 11–22 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,385
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
2 December 2018
16:50
(1 BP) Toulouse 49–20 Stade Français
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 17,729
Referee: Cyril Lafon

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Round 12[edit]

22 December 2018
14:30
Agen 6–19 Stade Français
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,602
Referee: Pierre Brousset
22 December 2018
16:30
(1 BP) Toulon 40–7 Lyon
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 14,248
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
22 December 2018
18:30
Grenoble 17–16 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Thomas Charabas
22 December 2018
18:30
(1 BP) Pau 23–28 La Rochelle
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 14,897
Referee: Mathieu Raynel
22 December 2018
18:30
(1 BP) Racing 64–28 Perpignan
Report
22 December 2018
16:50
Castres 13–32 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 11,023
Referee: Tua Trainini
22 December 2018
21:00
Clermont 20–20 Toulouse
Report

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Round 13[edit]

29 December 2018
14:30
(1 BP) Lyon 52–20 Agen
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 13,644
Referee: Maxime Chalon
29 December 2018
16:30
Stade Français 23–20 Grenoble (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 6,840
Referee: Laurent Cardona
29 December 2018
18:30
(1 BP) La Rochelle 53–27 Castres
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Romain Poite
29 December 2018
21:00
Perpignan 16–37 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 12,066
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
30 December 2018
16:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 41–13 Pau
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,464
Referee: Julien Castaignede
30 December 2018
18:00
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 40–7 Racing
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 26,242
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
30 December 2018
20:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 39–0 Toulon
Report
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 32,721
Referee: Adrien Descottes

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Round 14[edit]

5 January 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Stade Français 27–8 Perpignan
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 7,150
Referee: Cédric Marchat
5 January 2019
16:30
Grenoble 6–16 Castres
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
5 January 2019
16:30
Montpellier 14–25 Lyon
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Jérôme Garces
5 January 2019
16:30
(1 BP) Pau 40–23 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,950
Referee: Pierre Brousset
5 January 2019
19:00
Agen 20–27 Toulouse
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 10,569
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
5 January 2019
21:00
Racing 22–13 Toulon
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
6 January 2019
17:00
Clermont 44–19 La Rochelle
Report

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Round 15[edit]

26 January 2019
15:00
Castres 24–16 Clermont
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 11,023
Referee: Jérôme Garces
26 January 2019
18:00
Bordeaux Bègles 25–17 Agen
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 17,054
Referee: Adrien Descottes
26 January 2019
18:00
Perpignan 24–30 Pau
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 10,066
Referee: Laurent Cardona
26 January 2019
18:00
La Rochelle 27–25 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Tual Trainini
26 January 2019
20:45
Lyon 32–11 Racing
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 12,557
Referee: Thomas Charabas
27 January 2019
12:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 29–16 Grenoble
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 10,767
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
27 January 2019
16:50
Toulon 33–30 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 14,000[38]
Referee: Romain Poite

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Round 16[edit]

16 February 2019
14:45
Clermont 40–20 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
16 February 2019
18:00
Montpellier 10–28 Perpignan
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
16 February 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Pau 9–14 Castres
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,887
Referee: Maxime Chalon
16 February 2019
18:00
Stade Français 13–24 Lyon
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 7,643
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
16 February 2019
20:45
Agen 19–10 Toulon
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,498
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
17 February 2019
12:30
Grenoble 21–28 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000[41]
Referee: Pierre Brousset
17 February 2019
16:50
(1 BP) Racing 29–34 Toulouse
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 25,305
Referee: Romain Poite

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Round 17[edit]

23 February 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 47–31 Grenoble
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 14,837
Referee: Sébastien Minery
23 February 2019
18:00
Perpignan 13–20 Agen
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 12,166
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
23 February 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Toulon 38–11 Pau
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,585
Referee: Cédric Marchat
23 February 2019
18:00
Toulouse 27–14 Montpellier
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 15,839
Referee: Laurent Cardona
23 February 2019
20:45
La Rochelle 14–27 Stade Français
Report
24 February 2019
12:30
Castres 18–9 Racing
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 11,008
Referee: Tual Trainini
24 February 2019
16:50
Lyon 19–13 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 18,016
Referee: Ludovic Cayre

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Round 18[edit]

2 March 2019
14:45
(1 BP) Racing 50–14 La Rochelle
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 15,046
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
2 March 2019
18:00
Pau 27–17 Agen
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,857
Referee: Thomas Charabas
2 March 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Clermont 52–17 Grenoble
Report
2 March 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 37–10 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,100
Referee: Maxime Chalon
2 March 2019
20:45
Lyon 15–23 Castres
Report
3 March 2019
12:30
Perpignan 11–24 Toulon
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,466
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
3 March 2019
16:50
Stade Français 9–28 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 13,206
Referee: Jérôme Garcès

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Round 19[edit]

16 March 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Toulon 18–21 Montpellier
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,283[46]
Referee: Cyril Lafon
16 March 2019
18:00
Agen 19–7 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,490[46]
Referee: Romain Poite
16 March 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Castres 36–17 Perpignan
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,857
Referee: Sébastien Minery
16 March 2019
18:00
Grenoble 16–34 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Laurent Cardona
16 March 2019
20:45
Bordeaux Bègles 26–12 Stade Français
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 18,423
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
17 March 2019
12:30
Clermont 27–14 Pau
Report
17 March 2019
16:50
(1 BP) Toulouse 53–21 Lyon
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 15,398
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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Round 20[edit]

23 March 2019
14:45
Lyon 42–33 Toulon
Report
23 March 2019
16:45
(1 BP) Stade Français 32–16 Castres
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,661
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
23 March 2019
18:45
Perpignan 22–16 Grenoble
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 10,038
Referee: Cédric Marchat
23 March 2019
18:45
Pau 15–24 Montpellier
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,823[48]
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
23 March 2019
20:45
Agen 13–28 Clermont
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 9,896
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
24 March 2019
16:50
(1 BP) Racing 45–27 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 14,166
Referee: Romain Poite
24 March 2019
21:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle 19–23 Toulouse
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Ludovic Cayre

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Round 21[edit]

6 April 2019
14:45
Toulon 25–10 Toulouse
Report
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 43,089
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
6 April 2019
18:00
Bordeaux Bègles 31–22 Perpignan
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 20,168
Referee: Maxime Chalon
6 April 2019
18:00
Grenoble 21–17 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Sébastien Minery
6 April 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 33–17 Agen
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Adrien Descottes
6 April 2019
20:45
Castres 25–11 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,429
Referee: Cyril Lafon
7 April 2019
12:30
(1 BP) Pau 24–27 Lyon
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,324
Referee: Tual Trainini
7 April 2019
16:50
Clermont 31–31 Racing
Report

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Round 22[edit]

13 April 2019
14:45
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 12–16 Castres
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 30,127
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
13 April 2019
18:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle 71–21 Pau
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
13 April 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Lyon 47–9 Perpignan
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 15,037
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
13 April 2019
18:00
Stade Français 25–22 Agen (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 6,100
Referee: Laurent Cardona
13 April 2019
20:45
Grenoble 19–18 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Pierre Brousset
14 April 2019
12:30
Racing 26–25 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 15,383
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
14 April 2019
16:50
Toulouse 47 – 44 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stadium de Toulouse
Attendance: 32,700
Referee: Romain Poite

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Round 23[edit]

27 April 2019
14:45
Pau 29–27 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 13,024
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
27 April 2019
16:45
(1 BP) Castres 20–21 Toulouse
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Adrien Descottes
27 April 2019
18:45
Agen 25–15 Lyon
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,305
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
27 April 2019
18:45
(1 BP) Montpellier 47–12 Grenoble
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Julien Castaignède
27 April 2019
20:45
Perpignan 29–49 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,023
Referee: Tual Trainini
  • Perpignan are relegated.[1]
28 April 2019
12:30
(1 BP) Toulon 45–17 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 15,836
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
28 April 2019
16:50
Stade Français 25–41 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 14,228
Referee: Ludovic Cayre

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Round 24[edit]

4 May 2019
14:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 83–6 Pau
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,500
Referee: Maxime Chalon
4 May 2019
18:00
Grenoble 11–29 Agen
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Romain Poite
4 May 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Clermont 35–13 Perpignan
Report
4 May 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Castres 9–12 Montpellier
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 11,613
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
4 May 2019
20:45
La Rochelle 30–21 Toulon
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Cédric Marchat
5 May 2019
12:30
(1 BP) Lyon 34–10 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
5 May 2019
16:50
(1 BP) Racing 23–27 Stade Français
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 20,866
Referee: Cyril Lafon

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Round 25[edit]

18 May 2019
15:00
Agen 10–17 Castres
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 9,803
Referee: Jérôme Garcès[54]
18 May 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Pau 22–0 Grenoble
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,467
Referee: Laurent Cardona[54]
18 May 2019
15:00
Perpignan 14–52 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 10,666
Referee: Jonathan Dufort[54]
18 May 2019
21:00
Lyon 29–19 La Rochelle
Report
19 May 2019
12:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 42–25 Stade Français
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère[54]
19 May 2019
16:50
Bordeaux Bègles 36–43 Toulouse
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 27,318
Referee: Tual Trainini[54]
19 May 2019
21:00
(1 BP) Toulon 32–11 Clermont
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 14,985
Referee: Vincent Blasco Baqué[54]

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Round 26[edit]

25 May 2019
16:30
Agen 3–35 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 9,298
Referee: Pierre Brousset[56]
25 May 2019
16:30
Castres 16–25 Toulon
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 11,874
Referee: Thomas Charabas[56]
25 May 2019
16:30
Clermont (1 BP) 27–28 Montpellier
Report
25 May 2019
16:30
Grenoble (1 BP) 23–24 Lyon
Report
Stade des Alpes
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz[56]
25 May 2019
16:30
La Rochelle (1 BP) 81–12 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Maxime Chalon[56]
25 May 2019
16:30
Stade Français 31–17 Pau
Report
25 May 2019
16:30
Toulouse (1 BP) 47–7 Perpignan
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,838
Referee: Cyril Lafon[56]

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Relegation playoff[edit]

The team finishing in 13th place faces the runner-up of the Pro D2, with the winner of this match playing in the 2019–20 Top 14 and the loser in the 2019–20 Pro D2.

2 June 2019
15:15
Brive 28–22 Grenoble
Try: Penalty try 22' m
Romanet 35' c
Marques 44' c
Giorgadze 76' c
Con: Laranjeira (1/2) 35'
Olding (2/2) 44', 76'
Report Try: Guillemin 80' c
Con: Pourteau (1/1) 80'
Pen: Germain (5/5) 4', 15', 27', 33', 66'

Playoffs[edit]

  Semi-final Qualifiers     Semi-finals     Final
                           
      1 Toulouse 20  
  4 Racing 13     5 La Rochelle 6    
  5 La Rochelle 19         1 Toulouse 24
      2 Clermont 18
      2 Clermont 33    
  3 Lyon 21     3 Lyon 13  
  6 Montpellier 16  

Semi-final Qualifiers[edit]

31 May 2019
21:00
Racing (4) 13–19 La Rochelle (5)
Try: Nakarawa 67' c
Con: Iribaren (1/1) 67'
Pen: Machenaud (1/1) 40'
Iribaren (1/1) 73'
Report Try: Retière 52' c
Con: West (1/1) 52'
Pen: West (4/4) 11', 16', 30', 38'
1 June 2019
17:00
Lyon (3) 21–16 Montpellier (6)
Try: Barassi 13' m
Ngatai 69' c
Con: Wisniewski (1/2) 69'
Pen: Wisniewski (3/3) 21', 40', 53'
Report Try: Cruden 4' c
Con: Paillaugue (1/1) 4'
Pen: Paillaugue (2/2) 11', 29'
Cruden (1/1) 61'

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Semi-finals[edit]

8 June 2019
21:00
Toulouse (1) 20–6 La Rochelle (5)
Try: Guitoune 13' c
Bézy 60' m
Kolbe 65' m
Con: Ramos (1/1) 13'
Pen: Bézy (1/1) 73'
Report Pen: West (2/2) 22', 27'
9 June 2019
16:30
Clermont (2) 33–13 Lyon (3)
Try: Penaud 31' c
Raka 53' c
Moala 80' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 31', 53'
Lopez (1/1) 80'
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 14', 25', 29', 75'
Report Try: Gill 10' m
Fourie 68' m
Pen: Wisniewski (1/1) 20'
Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux
Attendance: 42,042
Referee: Romain Poite[62]

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Final[edit]

15 June 2019
21:00
Toulouse (1) 24–18 Clermont (2)
Try: Huget (2) 29' m, 55' c
Con: Ramos (1/2) 56'
Pen: Ramos (4/4) 9', 18', 48', 65'
Report Pen: Laidlaw (5/5) 1', 14', 34', 52', 60'
Lopez (1/1) 73'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,786
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
FB 15 South Africa Cheslin Kolbe
RW 14 France Yoann Huget Substituted off 75'
OC 13 France Sofiane Guitoune
IC 12 New Zealand Pita Ahki Substituted off 75'
LW 11 France Maxime Médard Substituted off 60' Substituted in 75'
FH 10 France Thomas Ramos
SH 9 France Antoine Dupont
N8 8 New Zealand Jerome Kaino (c) Substituted off 60'
OF 7 France François Cros
BF 6 South Africa Rynhardt Elstadt
RL 5 Samoa Joe Tekori Substituted off 60'
LL 4 Australia Richie Arnold Substituted off 43'
TP 3 New Zealand Charlie Faumuina Substituted off 48' Substituted in 75'
HK 2 France Péato Mauvaka Substituted off 62'
LP 1 France Cyril Baille Substituted off 51' Substituted in 77'
Substitutions:
HK 16 France Guillaume Marchand Substituted in 62'
PR 17 France Clément Castets Substituted in 51' Substituted off 77'
BR 18 Samoa Piula Faʻasalele Substituted in 60'
BR 19 France Selevasio Tolofua Substituted in 60'
LK 20 Scotland Richie Gray Substituted in 43'
SH 21 France Sébastien Bézy Substituted in 60'
FH 22 France Romain Ntamack Substituted in 75'
PR 23 South Africa Maks van Dyk Substituted in 48' Substituted off 75'
Coach:
France Ugo Mola
FB 15 New Zealand Isaia Toeava
RW 14 France Damian Penaud
OC 13 New Zealand George Moala Substituted off 75'
IC 12 France Wesley Fofana
LW 11 France Alivereti Raka Substituted off 60'
FH 10 France Camille Lopez
SH 9 Scotland Greig Laidlaw Substituted off 61'
N8 8 New Zealand Fritz Lee (c)
OF 7 France Alexandre Lapandry Substituted off 30'
BF 6 France Judicaël Cancoriet
RL 5 France Sébastien Vahaamahina Substituted off 78'
LL 4 Australia Sitaleki Timani Substituted off 55' Substituted in 78'
TP 3 France Rabah Slimani Substituted off 48'
HK 2 France Benjamin Kayser Substituted off 48'
LP 1 France Etienne Falgoux Substituted off 53'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Australia John Ulugia Substituted in 48'
PR 17 Tonga Loni Uhila Substituted in 53'
BR 18 Fiji Peceli Yato Substituted in 30'
LK 19 France Paul Jedrasiak Substituted in 55'
SH 20 France Charlie Cassang Substituted in 61'
CE 21 Samoa Tim Nanai-Williams Substituted in 60'
CE 22 Fiji Apisai Naqalevu Substituted in 75'
PR 23 Georgia (country) Davit Zirakashvili Substituted in 48'
Coach:
France Franck Azéma

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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 13 109,913 8,455 10,569 6,492 60%
Bordeaux Bègles 13 265,315 20,409 30,127 13,273 58%
Castres 13 140,994 10,846 12,500 9,700 87%
Clermont 13 232,058 17,851 18,783 15,579 94%
Grenoble 13 166,407 12,801 15,551 10,000 64%
La Rochelle 13 207,983 15,999 16,000 15,983 100%
Lyon 14 195,364 13,955 18,016 11,298 56%
Montpellier 13 134,140 10,318 13,500 8,100 66%
Pau 13 169,572 13,044 16,652 11,324 71%
Perpignan 13 150,606 11,585 14,466 10,038 79%
Racing 14 214,215 15,301 25,305 9,000 53%
Stade Francais 13 133,812 10,293 15,500 6,100 51%
Toulon 13 211,819 16,294 43,089 12,585 76%
Toulouse 13 238,641 18,357 32,721 10,767 84%

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In recent years, Bordeaux Bègles has taken occasional home matches to Matmut Atlantique.
  2. ^ Racing would play their semi-final qualifier game at the 14,000 capacity Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir.
  3. ^ In recent years, Toulon has taken occasional home matches to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and Allianz Riviera in Nice.
  4. ^ Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium Municipal.
  5. ^ Racing would play their semi-final qualifier game at the 14,000 capacity Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir due to a concert behind held at the Paris La Défense Arena.[60]

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