2017–18 Top 14 season

2017–18 Top 14
Countries  France
Date 26 August 2017 – 2 June 2018
Official website
www.lnr.fr/rugby-top-14

The 2017–18 Top 14 competition is the 119th French domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Two new teams from the 2016–17 Pro D2 season were promoted to Top 14 (Oyonnax and Agen) in place of the two relegated teams, Grenoble and Bayonne. It marks the second time in a row that both promoted teams had returned on their first opportunity after relegation (Oyonnax and Agen where both relegated during the 2015–16 Top 14 season).

Teams[]

Club City (department) Stadium Capacity
Agen Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) Stade Armandie 14,000
Union Bordeaux Bègles Bordeaux (Gironde) Stade Chaban-Delmas 34,694
CA Brive Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) Stade Amédée-Domenech 13,979
Castres Olympique Castres (Tarn) Stade Pierre-Fabre[a 1] 11,500
Clermont Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin 19,022
Lyon OU Lyon (Métropole de Lyon) Matmut Stadium de Gerland 25,000
Montpellier Montpellier (Hérault) Altrad Stadium 15,697
Oyonnax Rugby Oyonnax (Ain) Stade Charles-Mathon 11,400
Section Paloise Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Stade du Hameau 18,000
Racing 92 Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
U Arena[a 2]
14,000
32,000
Stade Rochelais La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) Stade Marcel-Deflandre 15,000
Stade Français Paris Paris, 16th arrondissement Stade Jean-Bouin 20,000
RC Toulonnais Toulon (Var) Stade Mayol[a 3] 18,000
Stade Toulousain Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) Stade Ernest-Wallon[a 4] 19,500

Competition format[]

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,[3] 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.[4]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[4]

Table[]

2017–18 Top 14 Table watch · · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff. Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Montpellier 15 10 0 5 413 326 +87 54 32 7 0 47
2 La Rochelle 15 10 1 4 452 295 +157 55 26 4 0 46
3 Racing 15 10 0 5 373 248 +125 42 21 3 3 46
4 Castres 15 9 0 6 376 350 +26 41 34 3 3 42
5 Toulouse 15 8 1 6 371 329 +42 37 32 1 3 38
6 Toulon 15 7 0 8 395 336 +59 45 34 4 6 38
7 Lyon 15 8 0 7 360 321 +39 39 32 4 1 37
8 Bordeaux 15 8 1 6 398 365 +33 36 43 2 1 37
9 Pau 15 8 0 7 320 333 –13 27 36 0 3 35
10 Clermont 15 6 1 8 409 408 +1 45 45 2 3 31
11 Stade Français 15 6 0 9 301 396 –95 31 44 1 2 27
12 Brive 15 5 1 9 266 433 –167 26 53 1 1 24
13 Agen 15 5 0 10 292 385 –97 30 47 1 2 23
14 Oyonnax 15 1 3 11 300 501 –201 26 58 0 4 14

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 2018–19 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7) advances to a play-off for a chance to compete in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2018–19 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

Relegation[]

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.[5]

Fixtures[]

Round 1[]

26 August 2017
15:10
Oyonnax 23–23 Toulouse
Report
26 August 2017
18:00
Racing 25–21 Castres (1 BP)
Report
26 August 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 48–19 Agen
Report
26 August 2017
18:00
Stade Français 16–25 Lyon
Report
26 August 2017
18:00
Brive 10–19 La Rochelle
Report
26 August 2017
20:45
Bordeaux 32–25 Clermont
Report
27 August 2017
17:00
Toulon 41–14 Pau
Report

Round 2[]

2 September 2017
14:45
Agen 23–19 Racing (1 BP)
Report
2 September 2017
16:45
Stade Français 35–24 La Rochelle
Report
2 September 2017
18:45
(1 BP) Montpellier 37–6 Oyonnax
Report
2 September 2017
18:45
Lyon 29–14 Brive
Report
2 September 2017
18:45
(1 BP) Castres 33–19 Bordeaux
Report
2 September 2017
20:45
Toulouse 23–19 Pau (1 BP)
Report
3 September 2017
16:50
Clermont 21–16 Toulon (1 BP)
Report

Round 3[]

9 September 2017
14:45
(1 BP) La Rochelle 51–20 Clermont
Report
9 September 2017
18:00
Bordeaux 30–10 Stade Français
Report
9 September 2017
18:00
Oyonnax 12–10 Agen (1 BP)
Report
9 September 2017
18:00
Brive 6–25 Racing (1 BP)
Report
9 September 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Castres 17–22 Montpellier
Report
10 September 2017
12:30
Pau 30–14 Lyon
Report
10 September 2017
16:50
Toulon 20–16 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report

Round 4[]

16 September 2017
14:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 53–17 Stade Français
Report
16 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Lyon 49–14 Bordeaux
Report
16 September 2017
18:00
Pau 28–13 Castres
Report
16 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Agen 15–20 La Rochelle
Report
16 September 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Clermont 62–6 Brive
Report
17 September 2017
12:30
Racing 25–13 Oyonnax
Report
17 September 2017
16:50
(1 BP) Montpellier 43–20 Toulon
Report

Round 5[]

23 September 2017
14:45
Clermont 23–21 Racing (1 BP)
Report
23 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Bordeaux 47–17 Montpellier
Report
23 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Agen 14–20 Pau
Report
23 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle 57–12 Oyonnax
Report
23 September 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Brive 19–22 Toulouse
Report
24 September 2017
12:30
(1 BP) Lyon 31–12 Castres
Report
24 September 2017
16:50
(1 BP) Stade Français 15–19 Toulon (1 BP)
Report

Round 6[]

30 September 2017
14:45
Toulon 26–20 La Rochelle
Report
30 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Pau 23–25 Stade Français
Report
30 September 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Toulouse 30–10 Agen
Report
30 September 2017
18:00
Oyonnax 9–39 Bordeaux (1 BP)
Report
30 September 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Racing 17–20 Lyon
Report
1 October 2017
12:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 54–10 Brive
Report
1 October 2017
16:50
Castres 29–23 Clermont
Report

Round 7[]

7 October 2017
14:45
Stade Français 31–20 Montpellier
Report
7 October 2017
16:45
Bordeaux 30–27 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
7 October 2017
18:45
(1 BP) Oyonnax 16–19 Pau
Report
7 October 2017
18:45
Brive 27–22 Castres (1 BP)
Report
7 October 2017
20:45
Agen 6–25 Lyon (1 BP)
Report
8 October 2017
16:50
La Rochelle 16–9 Racing
Report
8 October 2017
21:00
Toulouse 28–18 Clermont
Report

Round 8[]

28 October 2017
14:45
(1 BP) Toulon 41–24 Brive
Report
28 October 2017
18:00
Racing 29–13 Bordeaux
Report
28 October 2017
18:00
Pau 16–22 Montpellier
Report
28 October 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Lyon 52–18 Oyonnax
Report
29 October 2017
12:30
(1 BP) Castres 43–28 Agen
Report
29 October 2017
16:50
La Rochelle 37–21 Toulouse
Report

Round 9[]

4 November 2017
14:45
Toulouse 38–37 Bordeaux (1 BP)
Report
4 November 2017
18:30
Oyonnax 19–32 Castres
Report
4 November 2017
18:30
Racing 23–20 Pau (1 BP)
Report
4 November 2017
18:30
(1 BP) Lyon 15–19 La Rochelle
Report
4 November 2017
20:45
Agen 26–24 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
5 November 2017
12:30
Brive 20–19 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
5 November 2017
16:50
Montpellier 28–24 Clermont (1 BP)
Report

Round 10[]

18 November 2017
14:45
(1 BP) Clermont 39–18 Lyon
Report
18 November 2017
18:00
Pau 34–15 Brive
Report
18 November 2017
18:00
Castres 31–15 La Rochelle
Report
18 November 2017
18:00
Bordeaux 33–23 Agen
Report
18 November 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 32–22 Toulouse
Report
19 November 2017
12:30
Stade Français 39–35 Oyonnax (1 BP)
Report
19 November 2017
16:50
Toulon 29–40 Racing
Report

Round 11[]

25 November 2017
14:45
Castres 20–19 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
25 November 2017
18:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle 44–14 Pau
Report
25 November 2017
18:00
Bordeaux 27–27 Brive
Report
25 November 2017
18:00
Agen 19–13 Stade Français
Report
25 November 2017
18:00
Oyonnax 32–32 Clermont
Report
26 November 2017
12:30
(1 BP) Racing 26–0 Montpellier
Report
26 November 2017
16:50
Lyon 9–17 Toulouse
Report

Round 12[]

2 December 2017
14:45
La Rochelle 26–14 Montpellier
Report
2 December 2017
18:00
Toulouse 31–41 Castres
Report
2 December 2017
18:00
Brive 33–30 Oyonnax (1 BP)
Report
2 December 2017
18:00
Pau 27–17 Bordeaux
Report
2 December 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Toulon 39–11 Lyon
Report
3 December 2017
12:30
Clermont 35–26 Agen
Report
3 December 2017
16:50
Stade Français 27–17 Racing
Report

Round 13[]

22 December 2017
20:45
Racing 23–19 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
23 December 2017
14:00
Agen 27–13 Brive
Report
23 December 2017
16:00
Bordeaux 29–19 La Rochelle
Report
23 December 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 38–17 Lyon
Report
23 December 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Castres 28–6 Stade Français
Report
23 December 2017
20:45
Pau 22–21 Clermont (1 BP)
Report
23 December 2017
20:45
(1 BP) Toulon 49–25 Oyonnax
Report

Round 14[]

30 December 2017
14:00
(1 BP) La Rochelle 47–6 Agen
Report
30 December 2017
16:00
(1 BP) Stade Français 22–12 Bordeaux
Report
30 December 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Brive 29–10 Montpellier
Report
30 December 2017
18:00
(1 BP) Oyonnax 12–16 Racing
Report
30 December 2017
20:45
Toulouse 18–13 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
31 December 2017
14:00
Lyon 35–23 Pau
Report
31 December 2017
16:00
(1 BP) Clermont 27–31 Castres
Report

Round 15[]

6 January 2018
14:45
Bordeaux v Lyon
6 January 2018
16:45
Brive v Toulon
6 January 2018
18:45
Agen v Castres
6 January 2018
18:45
Oyonnax v La Rochelle
6 January 2018
20:45
Montpellier v Stade Français
7 January 2018
16:50
Pau v Toulouse
7 January 2018
21:00
Racing v Clermont

Playoffs[]

Semi-final Qualifiers[]

18/19 May 2018
v


18/19 May 2018
v

Semi-finals[]


Final[]

2 June 2018
v


Leading scorers[]

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.

Number of teams by regions[]

Teams Region or country Team(s)
5  Nouvelle-Aquitaine Agen, Bordeaux Bègles, Brive, La Rochelle, and Pau
3  Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Clermont, Lyon, and Oyonnax
 Occitanie Castres, Montpellier, and Toulouse
2  Île-de-France Racing 92 and Stade Français
1  Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Toulon

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. ^ Castres' stadium was known as Stade Pierre-Antoine at the start of the season. It was renamed after late club owner Pierre Fabre on 9 September 2017.[1]
  2. ^ Racing opened the 2017–18 season at Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. Their first match at U Arena was against Toulouse on 22 December 2017.[2]
  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.

References[]

  1. ^ "Castres : ce sera le Stade Pierre-Fabre" [Castres: it will be Stade Pierre-Fabre]. La Dépêche. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "R92 vs ST à la U Arena - La billetterie est ouverte !" [R92 vs. ST at U Arena - The ticket office is open!] (Press release) (in French). Racing 92. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "French try out new bonus point system". Planet-rugby.com. 27 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Article 330, Section 3.2. Points "terrain"" (PDF). Règlements de la Ligue Nationale de Rugby 2008/2009, Chapitre 2 : Règlement sportif du Championnat de France Professionnel (in French). LNR. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Mortimer, Gavin (18 August 2016). "French rugby enjoys a popularity boom as it looks to the future". Rugby World. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Top 14 Top Points Scorers". eurosport. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Top 14 Top Try Scorers". lnr.fr. Retrieved 27 September 2016.