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The 2019–20 Top 14 competition will be 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 played28
Attendance344,729
(average 12,312 per match)
Highest attendance24,254
Bordeaux Bègles v Toulouse
24 August 2019
Lowest attendance6,009
Montpellier v Montpellier
14 September 2019
Top point scorerFrance Matthieu Jalibert
(Bordeaux Bègles)
59 points
Top try scorerNew Zealand Toby Arnold
(Lyon)
France Matthieu Jalibert
(Bordeaux Bègles)
4 tries each
Official website
www.lnr.fr/rugby-top-14

Contents

TeamsEdit

Number of teams by regionsEdit

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 Lyon 4 4 0 0 144 30 114 19 0 2 0 18
2 Bordeaux Bègles 4 4 0 0 150 72 78 18 4 2 0 18
3 Pau 4 3 0 1 110 97 13 13 13 0 0 12
4 Montpellier 3 2 0 1 98 64 +34 12 5 1 1 10
5 Bayonne 4 2 0 2 108 101 7 10 10 0 1 9
6 Clermont 4 2 0 2 111 105 6 12 11 0 0 8
7 La Rochelle 4 2 0 2 82 97 -15 8 11 0 0 8
8 Racing 3 1 0 2 57 58 –1 6 6 0 1 5
9 Toulon 3 1 0 2 62 79 –17 6 9 1 0 5
10 Castres 4 1 0 3 89 109 -20 6 11 0 1 5
11 Toulouse 4 1 0 3 70 97 -27 6 9 0 1 5
12 Stade Français 4 1 0 3 71 150 -79 7 20 0 1 5
13 Agen 3 1 0 2 53 70 –17 6 9 0 0 4
14 Brive 4 1 0 3 55 129 -74 6 17 0 1 4

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

[4]


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

[5]


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: 7,000[7]
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

[8]


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

[9]


Round 5Edit

28 September 2019
19:00
Bayonne v La Rochelle
28 September 2019
19:00
Brive v Toulon
28 September 2019
19:00
Castres v Agen
28 September 2019
19:00
Montpellier v Bordeaux Bègles
28 September 2019
19:00
Racing v Lyon
28 September 2019
19:00
Stade Français v Clermont
28 September 2019
19:00
Toulouse v Pau

[10]

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
Agen121013
Bayonne557
Bordeaux Bègles622
Brive131412
Castres798
Clermont434
La Rochelle111114
Lyon111
Montpellier843
Pau385
Racing 921076
Stade Français141311
Toulon2610
Toulouse9129
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
AgenLWL
BayonneWLL
Bordeaux BèglesWWW
BriveLLW
CastresWLL
ClermontWWL
La RochelleLWL
LyonWWW
MontpellierLWW
PauWLW
Racing 92LWL
Stade FrançaisLLW
ToulonWLL
ToulouseLLW
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 3 21,720 7,240 8,802 6,009 52%
Bayonne 2 28,457 14,229 15,257 13,200 84%
Bordeaux Bègles 3 59,797 19,932 24,254 17,451 57%
Brive 1 12,161 12,161 12,161 12,161 76%
Castres 2 19,571 9,786 10,080 9,491 78%
Clermont 2 31,803 15,902 16,846 14,957 84%
La Rochelle 2 32,000 16,000 16,000 16,000 100%
Lyon 3 36,090 12,030 13,227 10,778 48%
Montpellier 2 16,753 8,377 9,928 6,825 53%
Pau 2 21,490 10,745 11,123 10,367 59%
Racing 2 16,369 8,185 9,267 7,102 27%
Stade Francais 1 7,000 7,000 7,000 7,000 35%
Toulon 2 26,945 13,473 14,821 12,124 74%
Toulouse 1 14,573 14,573 14,573 14,573 75%

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 Municipal.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Mortimer, Gavin (18 August 2016). "French rugby enjoys a popularity boom as it looks to the future". Rugby World. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ "1re journée". L'Equipe. 25 August 2019.
  5. ^ "2e journée". L'Equipe. 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Castres. Urios gâche l'asado de Reggiardo". L'Equipe. 7 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Top 14 Stade Français/Bayonne en direct". Sports Orange. 7 September 2019.
  8. ^ "3e journée". L'Equipe. 8 September 2019.
  9. ^ "4e journée". L'Equipe. 15 September 2019.
  10. ^ "5e journée". L'Equipe. 28 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Classement des réalisateurs Saison 2019/20". sports.fr. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Classement des marqueurs d'essais Saison 2019/20". sports.fr. Retrieved 15 September 2019.