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The 2009–10 Top 14 competition is an ongoing Frenchmarker domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). It began on August 14 2009 with a match between Toulon and Stade Français at Stade Mayolmarker in Toulonmarker, and will continue through to the final at the Stade de Francemarker in June 2010.

This year's edition of the Top 14 welcomes Racing Métro, winners of the 2009 title in the second-level Pro D2, and Albi, victors in the 2009 promotion playoffs between the second- through fifth-placed teams in Pro D2, thus becoming the first team to achieve promotion to the Top 14 only one year after being relegated. They took the place of the two clubs from Landesmarker, Dax and Mont-de-Marsan, relegated at the end of the 2008–09 Top 14. Mont-de-Marsan, which had been promoted to the Top 14 for 2008–09, finished bottom of the table and went down. The other newly promoted team in 2008–09, Toulon, finished ninth, sending Dax, who had already already finished second-to-bottom the previous season before being allowed to stay in the Top 14 due to Albi's financial troubles, to Pro D2.

Competition format

Each club plays every other club twice. The second half of the season is conducted in the same order as the first, with the club at home in the first half of the season away in the second. This season introduces a new format for the knockout stage: the top two teams qualify directly to the semifinals, while teams ranked from third to sixth qualify for a quarterfinal held at the homeground of the higher-ranked team. The semifinals are then held at neutral sites, with the final being played at the Stade de Francemarker. This replaces the classical format consisting of semifinals between the top four teams held at neutral sites.

Going into the season, the top six clubs are guaranteed of berths in the 2010–11 Heineken Cup. The winners of the 2009–10 Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup are assured of berths in the 2010–11 Heineken Cup regardless of their league standing. However, if French clubs win both competitions, only five clubs will qualify for the 2010–11 Heineken Cup via their league position because France is capped at seven Heineken Cup places. France can also secure a seventh berth if clubs from England's Guinness Premiership, also capped at seven Heineken Cup places, win both Cup competitions, and the top club in the European Rugby Club Rankings among those not already qualified for the Heineken Cup is from the Top 14.

The bottom two teams are provisionally relegated to Pro D2, with the possibility of one or both of the bottom teams to be reprieved if a team above them fails a postseason financial audit (mandatory for all clubs in the league).

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, a system that also makes it impossible for either team to earn a bonus point in a drawn match. The LNR chose to continue with this system for subsequent seasons.

France's bonus point system operates as follows:

  • 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 7 points (or less).


The teams

Team Captain Head coach Stadium Capacity
Albi Vincent Clément Éric Bechu Stadium Municipal d'Albimarker
Bayonne Rémy Martin Thierry Mentières and
Jean-Philippe Coyola
Stade Jean-Daugermarker
Biarritz Jérôme Thion Laurent Rodriguez Parc des Sports Aguiléramarker
Bourgoin Julien Frier Éric Catinot Stade Pierre-Rajonmarker
Brive Alix Popham Ugo Mola Stade Amédée-Domenechmarker
Castres TBC Laurent Labit and
Laurent Travers
Stade Pierre-Antoinemarker
Clermont Aurélien Rougerie Vern Cotter Parc des Sports Marcel-Michelinmarker
Montauban Matthew Clarkin Marc Raynaud Stade Sapiacmarker
Montpellier Fulgence Ouedraogo Didier Bes and
Éric Tissot
Stade Yves-du-Manoirmarker
Perpignan Perry Freshwater

Nicolas Mas
Jacques Brunel Stade Aimé-Giralmarker
Racing Métro Lionel Nallet Pierre Berbizier Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoirmarker
Stade Français Sylvain Marconnet

Rodrigo Roncero
Jacques Delmas and
Didier Faugeron
Stade Jean-Bouinmarker
Stade de Francemarker
Toulon Joe van Niekerk Philippe Saint-André Stade Mayolmarker
Toulouse Jean Bouilhou

Yannick Jauzion
Guy Novès Stade Ernest-Wallonmarker


Stade de France is listed as an alternate home for Stade Français because the club will host five of their 14 home matches this season at the national stadium. In addition, four other clubs have so far hosted home matches at larger stadiums: Toulouse traditionally play at least one match every season at the city's largest stadium, Stadium Municipalmarker (35,000), but have yet to announce any matches at that ground.

Managerial changes

  • On 8 September, Stade Français sacked head coach Ewen McKenzie and his assistant Christophe Dominici after a disastrous start to the season put the Parisians in the drop zone. Jacques Delmas and Didier Faugeron were named as co-head coaches. Dominici, who owns a small stake in the club, is expected to remain in some capacity. (Stade Français quickly exited relegation danger, scoring bonus-point wins in three of their next four matches.)
  • On 26 October, struggling Brive, lying just above the drop zone at the time, sacked head coach Laurent Seigne. The move came a week after honorary club president Patrick Sébastien resigned. Ugo Mola, previously backs coach for Brive, was promoted to the head coaching position.
  • On 7 November, Richard Dourthe resigned at Bayonne after a run of defeats put them in the drop zone. Club president Francis Salagoïty announced later that day that Thierry Mentières and Jean-Philippe Coyola would serve as co-head coaches.


Table

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If clubs are level on competition points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Head-to-head competition points earned.
  2. Points differential in head-to-head matches.
  3. Difference between tries scored and tries conceded in head-to-head matches.
  4. Points differential in all matches.
  5. Difference between tries scored and tries conceded in all matches.
  6. Number of points scored in all matches.
  7. Number of tries scored in all matches.
  8. Number of forfeited matches (fewer forfeits wins).
  9. Final classification in the last Top 14 regular season.
  10. Fewer red cards issued during the season.


Schedule and results

From the official Top 14 site. Within each weekend, matches are to be listed in the following order:
  1. By date.
  2. If matches are held on the same day, by kickoff time.
  3. Otherwise, in alphabetic order of home club.


All times CET.

Rounds 1 to 5

Round 1
  • 14 August, 20:45 — Toulon 22 - 22 Stade Français
  • 15 August, 16:00 — Albi (1 BP) 13 - 19 Racing Métro
  • 15 August, 16:00 — Biarritz 12 - 24 Castres
  • 15 August, 16:00 — Bourgoin 28 - 37 Clermont
  • 15 August, 16:00 — Montauban (1 BP) 16 - 17 Toulouse
  • 15 August, 16:25 — Perpignan 28 - 20 Bayonne
  • 15 August, 20:35 — Brive (1 BP) 30 - 9 Montpellier


Round 2
  • 21 August, 20:35 — Bayonne 38 - 24 Stade Français (at Estadio Anoetamarker, Donostia-San Sebastiánmarker, Spainmarker)
  • 22 August, 16:00 — Biarritz (1 BP) 39 - 6 Albi
  • 22 August, 16:00 — Clermont (1 BP) 37 - 16 Montauban
  • 22 August, 16:00 — Montpellier 18 - 12 (1 BP) Perpignan
  • 22 August, 16:00 — Toulouse (1 BP) 38 - 0 Brive
  • 22 August, 16:25 — Toulon 27 - 13 Racing Métro
  • 22 August, 20:35 — Castres 29 - 9 Bourgoin


Round 3
  • 28 August, 19:00 — Brive 9 - 9 Clermont
  • 29 August, 16:00 — Montauban P - P Castres
  • Match postponed after six Castres players were diagnosed with H1N1 flu.
Key to colors
    
League champions; receive a place in the 2010-11 Heineken Cup.
    
Top two teams qualify directly to semifinals and receive places in the 2010-11 Heineken Cup.
    
Third and fourth placed teams play their quarterfinal at home and also receive automatic Heineken Cup berths.
    
Fifth and sixth placed teams play their quarterfinal away and also receive automatic Heineken Cup berths.
    
Bottom two teams provisionally relegated to Rugby Pro D2.
2009–10 Top 14 Table
Club
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
Points for
Points against
Bonus points
Points
1 Castres 14 9 2 3 289 206 6 46
2 Perpignan 13 9 0 4 246 194 5 41
3 Clermont 14 7 3 4 316 221 7 41
4 Toulouse 14 8 1 5 285 196 6 40
5 Toulon 14 8 1 5 284 253 4 38
6 Racing Métro 13 8 0 5 214 203 3 35
7 Stade Français 14 5 3 6 355 304 7 33
8 Biarritz 13 7 0 6 223 219 4 32
9 Brive 14 5 2 7 224 242 5 29
10 Montpellier 14 7 0 7 222 299 1 29
11 Montauban 14 5 1 8 226 290 3 25
12 Bayonne 13 4 0 9 262 230 7 23
13 Bourgoin 14 5 1 8 219 359 1 23
14 Albi 14 2 0 12 180 329 7 15
  • 29 August, 16:00 — Racing Métro 18 - 9 Bayonne
  • 29 August, 16:00 — Stade Français 43 - 26 Montpellier
  • 29 August, 16:25 — Bourgoin 22 - 17 (1 BP) Biarritz
  • 29 August, 16:25 — Perpignan 17 - 15 Toulouse
  • 29 August, 20:35 — Albi (1 BP) 9 - 15 Toulon


Round 4
  • 2 September, 19:30 — Albi P - P Castres
    • Match also postponed due to the H1N1 outbreak in the Castres side.
  • 2 September, 19:30 — Bourgoin 17 - 13 (1 BP) Racing Métro
  • 2 September, 19:30 — Montpellier 22 - 18 (1 BP) Biarritz
  • 2 September, 19:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 35 - 40 Montauban
  • 2 September, 19:30 — Toulon 26 - 21 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 2 September, 19:30 — Toulouse 21 - 17 (1 BP) Bayonne
  • 2 September, 20:30 — Perpignan 21 - 9 Brive


Round 5
  • 6 September, 15:00 — Bayonne (1 BP) 53 - 6 Bourgoin
  • 6 September, 15:00 — Brive (1 BP) 39 - 6 Albi
  • 6 September, 15:00 — Castres (1 BP) 33 - 18 Montpellier
  • 6 September, 15:00 — Montauban 21 - 18 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 6 September, 15:00 — Racing Métro (1 BP) 14 - 18 Perpignan
  • 6 September, 17:00 — Biarritz 30 - 22 Stade Français
  • 6 September, 21:00 — Clermont 19 - 12 (1 BP) Toulouse


Rounds 6 to 10

Round 6
  • 11 September, 20:35 — Bourgoin 17 - 6 Perpignan (at Stade des Alpesmarker, Grenoblemarker)
  • 12 September, 14:30 — Montauban 23 - 20 (1 BP) Brive
  • 12 September, 14:30 — Montpellier 21 - 20 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 12 September, 14:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 44 - 18 Castres
  • 12 September, 14:30 — Toulouse 19 - 13 (1 BP) Albi
  • 12 September, 16:25 — Biarritz 12 - 6 (1 BP) Bayonne (at Estadio Anoeta)
  • 12 September, 20:35 — Clermont 30 - 22 Racing Métro


Makeup match, Round 3
  • 16 September, 19:30 — Montauban 18 - 18 Castres


Round 7
  • 19 September, 14:30 — Albi 8 - 40 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 19 September, 14:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 20 - 6 Bourgoin
  • 19 September, 16:25 — Brive (1 BP) 12 - 15 Biarritz
  • 20 September, 14:30 — Castres 9 - 6 (1 BP) Racing Métro
  • 20 September, 14:30 — Perpignan (1 BP) 28 - 9 Montauban
  • 20 September, 16:05 — Toulon 18 - 13 (1 BP) Toulouse (at Stade Vélodromemarker, Marseillemarker)
  • 20 September, 17:00 — Bayonne 26 - 3 Montpellier


Round 8
  • 25 September, 19:30 — Albi 19 - 14 (1 BP) Bayonne
  • 25 September, 20:35 — Brive 11 - 9 (1 BP) Castres
  • 26 September, 14:15 — Perpignan (1 BP) 19 - 3 Clermont
  • 26 September, 14:30 — Biarritz (1 BP) 23 - 9 Toulon
  • 26 September, 14:30 — Montauban (1 BP) 12 - 15 Bourgoin
  • 26 September, 14:30 — Racing Métro 18 - 14 (1 BP) Montpellier
  • 26 September, 16:25 — Toulouse 9 - 9 Stade Français


Makeup match, Round 4
  • 29 September, 19:30 — Albi (1 BP) 21 - 25 (1 BP) Castres
    • This was only the second Top 14 match to see both teams earn bonus points since France adopted its current bonus system in 2007–08.


Round 9
  • 2 October, 20:45 — Stade Français (1 BP) 44 - 16 Brive
  • 3 October, 14:30 — Castres 21 - 19 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 3 October, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 38 - 13 Bayonne
  • 3 October, 14:30 — Montpellier 12 - 30 Toulouse
  • 3 October, 14:30 — Racing Métro 17 - 12 (1 BP) Montauban
  • 3 October, 16:25 — Biarritz 27 - 12 Perpignan
  • 3 October, 20:45 — Bourgoin 28 - 16 Albi


Round 10
  • 23 October, 20:45 — Bayonne 6 - 15 Castres
  • 24 October, 14:15 — Toulouse 23 - 3 Biarritz
  • 24 October, 14:30 — Brive 10 - 18 Racing Métro
  • 24 October, 14:30 — Montauban 20 - 6 Albi
  • 24 October, 14:30 — Montpellier 16 - 9 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 24 October, 14:30 — Toulon (1 BP) 46 - 28 Bourgoin
  • 24 October, 16:25 — Stade Français (1 BP) 14 - 20 Perpignan (at Stade de Francemarker)


Rounds 11 to 15

Round 11
  • 30 October, 20:45 — Perpignan 17 - 15 (1 BP) Castres
  • 31 October, 14:30 — Albi (1 BP) 15 - 18 Montpellier
  • 31 October, 14:30 — Bayonne (1 BP) 8 - 14 Toulon
  • 31 October, 14:30 — Bourgoin 14 - 14 Brive
  • 31 October, 14:30 — Racing Métro 27 - 20 (1 BP) Toulouse
  • 31 October, 16:25 — Clermont 19 - 19 Stade Français
  • 31 October, 20:45 — Montauban 14 - 5 Biarritz


Round 12
  • 5 November, 19:30 — Biarritz P - P Racing Métro
    • Postponed due to unplayable conditions at Biarritz' ground. The makeup date was initially announced as 1 December, but was further postponed to 2 December after it was noted that the original makeup date potentially violated LNR and FFR regulations requiring a minimum of 72 hours between matches.
  • 5 November, 19:30 — Brive 19 - 14 (1 BP) Bayonne
  • 5 November, 19:30 — Castres 9 - 9 Clermont
  • 5 November, 19:30 — Montpellier 19 - 0 Montauban
  • 5 November, 19:30 — Stade Français 23 - 18 (1 BP) Albi
  • 5 November, 19:30 — Toulouse (1 BP) 41 - 3 Bourgoin
  • 5 November, 21:00 — Perpignan (1 BP) 25 - 9 Toulon


Round 13
  • 20 November, 19:00 — Albi 24 - 23 (1 BP) Perpignan
  • 21 November, 14:30 — Bayonne (1 BP) 38 - 13 Montauban
  • 21 November, 14:30 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 20 - 23 Montpellier
  • 21 November, 14:30 — Racing Métro 20 - 18 (1 BP) Stade Français
  • 21 November, 14:30 — Toulon 19 - 10 Brive
  • 21 November, 16:05 — Castres (1 BP) 30 - 10 Toulouse
  • 21 November, 20:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 13 - 16 Biarritz


Round 14
  • 27 November, 19:45 — Stade Français (1 BP) 18 – 22 Toulon
  • 27 November, 21:00 — Castres (1 BP) 34 - 6 Biarritz
  • 27 November, 21:00 — Racing Métro 9 - 6 (1 BP) Albi
  • 28 November, 14:30 — Montpellier 3 - 25 (1 BP) Brive
  • 28 November, 14:30 — Toulouse 17 - 12 (1 BP) Montauban
  • 28 November, 16:25 — Bayonne P - P Perpignan
    • Match postponed after Perpignan reported that seven of their traveling party (including both players and coaches) were diagnosed with H1N1 flu.
  • 28 November, 19:00 — Clermont (1 BP) 32 - 8 Bourgoin


Makeup match, Round 12
  • 2 December, 19:00 — Biarritz - Racing Métro


Round 15
  • 4 December, 20:45 — Montauban - Clermont
  • 5 December, 14:15 — Brive - Toulouse
  • 5 December, 14:30 — Bourgoin - Castres
  • 5 December, 14:30 — Perpignan - Montpellier
  • 5 December, 16:25 — Stade Français - Bayonne (at Stade de France)
  • 6 December, 15:00 — Albi - Biarritz
  • 6 December, 17:05 — Racing Métro - Toulon


Scorers

All listings through Round 12 of the season.

Top point scorers

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Top try scorers

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Awards

Player of the Month

Players are selected by fan vote from a three-player shortlist on the official LNR site, and the results are posted roughly in the middle of the following month.
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See also



Notes and references



External links



#
Name
Club
Points
1 Brock James Clermont 125
2 Noel Oelschig Stade Français 117
3 Jonny Wilkinson Toulon 116
4 Jean-Baptiste Élissalde Toulouse 99
5 Romain Teulet Castres 94
#
Name
Club
Tries
1 Benjamin Fall Bayonne 5
1 Mark Gasnier Stade Français 5
1 Napolioni Nalaga Clermont 5
4 Jean-Baptiste Peyras Bayonne 4
4 Brent Russell Clermont 4
Month
Player of the Month
Club
August
Joe van Niekerk
Toulon
September
Jonny Wilkinson
Toulon
October
Julien Candelon
Perpignan

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