2019–20 Top 14 season

The 2019–20 Top 14 competition is the 121st French domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Two new teams from the 2018–19 Pro D2 season were promoted to Top 14 (Bayonne and Brive) in place of the two relegated teams, Perpignan and Grenoble.

2019–20 Top 14
Countries France
Date24 August 2019 – June 2020
Matches played91
Attendance1,270,267
(average 13,959 per match)
Highest attendance38,503
Bordeaux Bègles v La Rochelle
22 December 2019
Lowest attendance6,009
Agen v Montpellier
15 September 2019
Top point scorerFrance Thomas Laranjeira
(Brive)
127 points
Top try scorerFrance Teddy Thomas
(Stade Français)
Argentina Juan Imhoff
(Racing)
France Thomas Combezou
(Castres)
France Kylan Hamdaoui
(Stade Français)
6 tries each
Official website
www.lnr.fr/rugby-top-14

TeamsEdit

Number of teams by regionsEdit

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

Competition formatEdit

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,[1] 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.[2]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[2]

  • 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.

TableEdit

2019–20 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 Bordeaux Bègles 13 10 1 2 367 230 137 41 19 4 1 47
2 Lyon 13 10 0 3 372 205 167 42 18 4 0 44
3 Toulon 13 7 2 4 319 255 64 32 24 3 1 36
4 La Rochelle 13 7 0 6 301 265 36 30 25 3 2 33
5 Racing 13 6 1 6 325 270 55 35 25 3 3 32
6 Montpellier 13 5 3 5 321 282 39 33 24 2 3 31
7 Toulouse 13 6 1 6 284 260 24 26 23 3 1 30
8 Clermont 13 7 0 6 317 330 -13 29 36 0 0 28
9 Brive 13 5 1 7 268 333 -65 23 3 1 2 25
10 Castres 13 5 0 8 299 367 -68 27 34 2 1 23
11 Pau 13 5 0 8 253 320 -67 25 35 0 3 23
12 Bayonne 13 5 1 7 228 328 -100 20 37 0 1 23
13 Stade Français 13 4 1 8 253 392 -139 24 43 0 2 20
14 Agen 13 3 1 9 231 301 -70 27 34 0 4 18

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 2020–21 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 2020–21 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]

RelegationEdit

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.[3]

Fixtures & ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

24 August 2019
18:00
Agen 25–44 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 8,802
Referee: Laurent Cardona
24 August 2019
18:00
Castres 26–25 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,080
Referee: Thomas Charabas
24 August 2019
18:00
(1 BP) Lyon 43–9 Stade Français
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 10,778
Referee: Romain Poite
24 August 2019
18:00
Pau 35–14 Brive
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,123
Referee: Luc Ramos
24 August 2019
18:00
Racing 17–24 Bayonne
Report
24 August 2019
20:45
Bordeaux Bègles 30–25 Toulouse (1 BP)
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 24,254
Referee: Maxime Chalon
25 August 2019
15:50
Clermont 28–10 La Rochelle
Report

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Round 2Edit

31 August 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Bayonne 30–34 Clermont
Report
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 15,257
Referee: Tual Trainini
31 August 2019
17:00
Agen 16–10 Brive
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 6,909
Referee: Cédric Marchat
31 August 2019
17:00
La Rochelle 28–26 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
31 August 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Montpellier 43–22 Pau
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 6,825
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
31 August 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 34–12 Toulon
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 17,451
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
1 September 2019
11:30
Racing 23–14 Castres
Report
1 September 2019
16:05
Lyon 22–12 Toulouse
Report

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Round 3Edit

7 September 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Castres 32–34 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 9,491[6]
Referee: Laurent Cardona
7 September 2019
16:30
Toulon 6–20 Lyon
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 14,821
Referee: Pierre Brousset
7 September 2019
19:45
Montpellier 30–16 La Rochelle
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,928
Referee: Vivien Praderie
7 September 2019
19:45
Pau 18–12 Agen
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 10,367
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
7 September 2019
19:45
Stade Français 33–27 Bayonne
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,699
Referee: Cedric Marchat
8 September 2019
15:50
Brive 28–21 Clermont
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 12,161
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
8 September 2019
20:00
Toulouse 20–17 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,573
Referee: Ludovic Cayre

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Round 4Edit

14 September 2019
14:30
La Rochelle 28–13 Toulouse
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Tual Trainini
14 September 2019
17:00
Bayonne 27–17 Castres
Report
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 13,200
Referee: Maxime Chalon
14 September 2019
17:00
Clermont 28–37 Pau
Report
14 September 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Lyon 59–3 Brive
Report
14 September 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 52–3 Stade Français
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 18,092
Referee: Adrien Descottes
15 September 2019
12:30
Agen 29–10 Montpellier
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 6,009
Referee: Pierre Brousset
15 September 2019
16:50
Toulon 32–29 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,124
Referee: Thomas Charabas

[8]


Round 5Edit

28 September 2019
14:30
Brive 39–17 Toulon
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,489
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
28 September 2019
17:00
Bayonne 23–22 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 16,132
Referee: Julien Castaignède
28 September 2019
17:00
Castres 30–27 Agen (1 BP)
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 9,987
Referee: Luc Ramos
28 September 2019
17:00
Toulouse 24–23 Pau (1 BP)
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,700
Referee: Pierre Baptiste Nuchy
28 September 2019
19:45
Racing 20–31 Lyon
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 12,566
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
29 September 2019
11:30
Montpellier 17–17 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 9,924
Referee: Marchat
29 September 2019
15:50
Stade Français 18–32 Clermont
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,533
Referee: Pierre Brousset

[9]


Round 6Edit

5 October 2019
14:30
Clermont 20–13 Montpellier
Report
5 October 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Agen 27–29 Bayonne
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 10,043
Referee: Adrien Descottes
5 October 2019
17:00
Brive 23–9 Toulouse
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 11,616
Referee: Laurent Cardona
5 October 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Castres 46–16 Stade Français
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 9,325
Referee: Vivien Praderie
5 October 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Lyon 25–23 Bordeaux Bègles (1 BP)
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 15,512
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
6 October 2019
11:30
Pau 3–31 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 11,257
Referee: Tual Trainini
6 October 2019
15:50
Toulon 23–3 La Rochelle
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,322
Referee: Sébastien Minery

[10]


Round 7Edit

12 October 2019
14:30
Bayonne 28–24 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 12,517
Referee: Pierre Brousset
12 October 2019
16:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 36–15 Castres
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 17,600
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
12 October 2019
19:45
(1 BP) La Rochelle 41–17 Brive
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Luc Ramos
12 October 2019
19:45
Lyon 27–8 Pau
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 14,704
Referee: Cédric Marchat
12 October 2019
19:45
Racing 27–27 Agen
Report
13 October 2019
15:50
Stade Français 33–30 Toulon (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
13 October 2019
20:00
Bordeaux Bègles 42 – 15 Clermont
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 25,170
Referee: Thomas Charabas

[12]


Round 8Edit

19 October 2019
14:30
Montpellier 33–22 Toulouse
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Tual Trainini
19 October 2019
17:00
Agen 27–14 Stade Français
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 7,710
Referee: Laurent Cardona
19 October 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Brive 30–9 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,457
Referee: Pierre Brousset
19 October 2019
17:00
Pau 37–24 Castres
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 10,024
Referee: Maxime Chalon
19 October 2019
17:00
Toulon 20–9 Bayonne
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 12,276
Referee: Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy
19 October 2019
19:45
La Rochelle 12–6 Racing
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Adrien Descottes
20 October 2019
15:50
Clermont 24–15 Lyon
Report

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Round 9Edit

9 November 2019
14:30
Toulon 19–19 Montpellier
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 14,336
Referee: Thomas Charabas
9 November 2019
17:00
Bordeaux Bègles 23–0 Agen
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 18,799
Referee: Romain Poite
9 November 2019
17:00
Castres 28–26 Brive (1 BP)
Report
9 November 2019
17:00
Bayonne 3–9 Pau
Report
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 16,630
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
9 November 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Toulouse 34–8 Clermont
Report
Stadium de Toulouse
Attendance: 32,800
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
10 November 2019
11:30
(1 BP) Lyon 45–17 La Rochelle
Report
10 November 2019
15:45
Stade Français 9–25 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 13,000[14]
Referee: Pierre Brousset

[15]


Round 10Edit

30 November 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Racing 30–34 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 16,032
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
30 November 2019
17:00
Clermont 30–13 Agen
Report
30 November 2019
17:00
La Rochelle 22–13 Castres
Report
30 November 2019
17:00
Pau 9–19 Toulon
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Laurent Cardona
30 November 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Montpellier 33–8 Lyon
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 10,622
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
1 December 2019
11:30
Brive 26–21 Stade Français (1 BP)
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,861
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
1 December 2019
15:50
(1 BP) Toulouse 45–10 Bayonne
Report
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,838
Referee: Adrien Descottes

[16]


Round 11Edit

21 December 2019
14:30
(1 BP) Castres 29–12 Lyon
Report
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,724
Referee: Jonathan Dufort
21 December 2019
14:35
Bayonne 6–6 Brive
Report
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 13,234
Referee: Cédric Marchat
21 December 2019
14:35
Racing 29–25 Montpellier (1 BP)
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 13,266
Referee: Tual Trainini
21 December 2019
16:45
(1 BP) Agen 8–13 Toulouse
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Thomas Charabas
22 December 2019
11:30
Stade Français 21–18 Pau (1 BP)
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,217
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
22 December 2019
15:45
Bordeaux Bègles 20–15 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Matmut Atlantique
Attendance: 38,503
Referee: Maxime Chalon
22 December 2019
20:00
(1 BP) Toulon 41–19 Clermont
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 17,287
Referee: Romain Poite

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Round 12Edit

28 December 2019
13:00
Lyon 52–9 Bayonne
Report
Matmut Stadium de Gerland
Attendance: 16,002
Referee: Vivien Praderie
28 December 2019
15:00
Brive 20–44 Racing (1 BP)
Report
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 12,273[18]
Referee: Ludovic Cayre
28 December 2019
17:00
Montpellier 20–20 Stade Français
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 15,000[19]
Referee: Julien Castaignède
29 December 2019
14:45
(1 BP) La Rochelle 40–8 Agen
Report
Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
29 December 2019
14:45
(1 BP) Pau 23–27 Bordeaux Bègles
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 16,153
Referee: Pierre Brousset
29 December 2019
17:00
Clermont 39–22 Castres
Report
29 December 2019
20:00
Toulouse 13–13 Toulon
Report
Stadium de Toulouse
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

[20]


Round 13Edit

4 January 2020
14:30
(1 BP) Agen 12–13 Lyon
Report
Stade Armandie
Attendance: 6,536
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
4 January 2020
16:45
Racing 27–19 Clermont
Report
Paris La Défense Arena
Attendance: 21,338
Referee: Laurent Cardona
4 January 2020
19:45
(1 BP) Bordeaux Bègles 22–3 Bayonne
Report
Stade Chaban-Delmas
Attendance: 28,121
Referee: Luc Ramos
4 January 2020
19:45
Montpellier 29–26 Brive (1 BP)
Report
Altrad Stadium
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Vincent Blasco-Baqué
4 January 2020
19:45
Pau 13–44 La Rochelle (1 BP)
Report
Stade du Hameau
Attendance: 12,157
Referee: Romain Poite
5 January 2020
17:00
(1 BP) Toulon 43–3 Castres
Report
Stade Mayol
Attendance: 13,570
Referee: Adrien Descottes
5 January 2020
20:00
Stade Français 30–18 Toulouse
Report
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 14,050
Referee: Tual Trainini

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Round 14Edit

25 January 2020
19:00
Bayonne v Agen
25 January 2020
19:00
Brive v Pau
25 January 2020
19:00
Castres v Racing
25 January 2020
19:00
Lyon v Toulon

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Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Agen121013871112101313131314
Bayonne557543333881112
Bordeaux Bègles6222222222111
Brive13141214129139129699
Castres79811958121012111210
Clermont4347544466768
La Rochelle111114981266117954
Lyon1111111111222
Montpellier84346810773586
Pau385336118410121011
Racing 9210761013109139111075
Stade Français14131113141414141414141413
Toulon261061177555333
Toulouse912912101351184447
Leader, semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup
Semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup
Quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Qualification to relegation play-off
Relegation to Rugby Pro D2

Results by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
AgenLWLWLLDWLLLLL
BayonneWLLWWWWLLLDLL
Bordeaux BèglesWWWWDLWLWWWWW
BriveLLWLWWLWLWDLL
CastresWLLLWWLLWLWLL
ClermontWWLLWWLWLWLWL
La RochelleLWLWLLWWLWLWW
LyonWWWWWWWLWLLWW
MontpellierLWWLDLLWDWLDW
PauWLWWLLLWWLLLL
Racing 92LWLLLWDLWLWWW
Stade FrançaisLLWLLLWLLLWDW
ToulonWLLWLWLWDWWDW
ToulouseLLWLWLWLWWWDL
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Leading scorersEdit

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.

AttendancesEdit

  • Attendances do not include the semi-finals or final as these are at neutral venues.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Agen 7 59,509 8,501 13,500 6,009 61%
Bayonne 6 86,970 14,495 16,630 12,517 86%
Bordeaux Bègles 7 170,390 24,341 38,503 17,451 67%
Brive 6 64,857 10,810 12,273 9,457 68%
Castres 6 59,235 9,873 10,724 9,325 79%
Clermont 6 100,752 16,792 18,804 14,957 88%
La Rochelle 6 96,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 100%
Lyon 7 98,192 14,027 16,002 10,778 56%
Montpellier 7 71,299 10,186 15,000 6,825 65%
Pau 7 79,081 11,297 16,153 8,000 62%
Racing 7 91,236 13,034 21,338 7,102 42%
Stade Francais 6 64,499 10,750 14,050 8,217 54%
Toulon 7 96,736 13,819 17,287 12,124 76%
Toulouse 6 131,511 21,919 33,000 14,573 89%

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In recent years, Bordeaux Bègles has taken occasional home matches to Matmut Atlantique.
  2. ^ In recent years, Toulon has taken occasional home matches to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and Allianz Riviera in Nice.
  3. ^ Toulouse often takes high-demand home matches to the city's largest sporting venue, Stadium de Toulouse.

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