Serin-led Bordeaux stop Clermont train

Paris (AFP) –


Baptiste Serin helped Bordeaux-Begles bring Clermont's four-match winning streak to an end with a nail-biting 23-19 victory in the Top 14 on Saturday.

Serin, capped 20 times by France, booted three penalties, converted pushover tries by Vadim Cobilas and Afa Amosa, and was instrumental in guiding his team around a packed Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Clermont's Scotland scrum-half Greg Laidlaw kept the visitors in the game with four penalties of his own before South African Jaco Van Tonder crossed the whitewash, replacement Camille Lopez hitting the extras, to set up a nerve-racking final 15 minutes.

While Clermont lost their 100 percent winning record, they did manage to bag a defensive bonus point.

Bordeaux's Australian fly-half Brock James, who spent 10 years with Clermont, was yellow carded four minutes into the second-half after a blatant handling foul.

But the home side, coached by 33-year-old Englishman Rory Teague, scored 10 points in his absence, Serin urging his teammates around the park as Clermont struggled with ball in hand against an aggressive defence.

Newly-promoted clubs Perpignan and Grenoble face off later Saturday, both desperate to notch up a first victory of the season.

Toulon host Agen and La Rochelle entertain Lyon, while champions Castres travel to Racing 92 in the late game. Sunday sees Pau take on Stade Francais, while Toulouse play Montpellier.