Paris - Fijian wing Waisea Nayacalevu put his legal troubles
to one side as Stade Francais defeated local rivals Racing92 27-17 in France's
Top 14 on Sunday, while defending champions Clermont scraped past Agen.
Waisea went on trial on Wednesday over a drunken July brawl
outside a Paris nightspot, during which former team-mate Josaia Raisuqe
allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.
French prosecutors called for the pair to be given suspended
sentences - one year for Raisuqe and six months for Waisea - with the court to
return a verdict on January 30.
Stade backrower Sekou Macalou touched down for the game's
first try with just three minutes gone in Paris, before Waisea grabbed a pair
of tries as the hosts charged into a 24-0 lead inside the opening half an hour.
French flyhalf Jules Plisson kicked 12 points as well for
Stade, whose very existence was threatened last season until a proposed merger
with Racing fell through.
So'otala Fa'aso'o, sin-binned on 15 minutes for a late
tackle, put Racing on the board shortly before the interval, while Brice Dulin
crossed the whitewash in the second half but the visitors' comeback fell short.
Racing remained fourth in the table, six points behind
leaders La Rochelle, with 11th-place Stade pulling eight points clear of the
Earlier, Clermont shipped four tries yet still managed a
35-26 home win over Agen ahead of a challenging European double-header with
The result left Franck Azema's charges in ninth and three
points off the top six after 12 matches, while Agen are still in the drop zone.
The home side grabbed an early advantage with a try from
Sebastian Vahaamahina after 46 seconds, converted by Luke McAlister who later
went off injured with a feared broken hand.
But Agen dug in admirably as Kiwi wing George Tilsley scored
three tries for the visitors with Georgian prop Vakhtangi Akhobadze adding a
fourth as Jake McIntyre and Clement Laporte combined for three conversions.
"I'm very proud of what we achieved here today because
losing by a mere nine points to Clermont is enormous for us," Agen captain
Antoine Miquel said.
Peceli Yato (29th minute), Benjamin Kayser (37), Remi
Lamerat (47) and David Strettle (71) all added tries for Clermont, who remain
unbeaten at home in the Top 14 this season.
"We were trying to get the internationals back into
things and it showed in the rucks and the play," said Clermont's France
veteran Morgan Parra, who made the final conversion.
"We were awful," conceded Azema. "This is no
way to prepare for a European game."
"If we play like that (against Saracens), they'll score
80 points, nothing we did was any good," he added.
Agen will rue a missed 26th-minute conversion and subsequent
penalty by McIntyre and a yellow card for Dave Ryan.
Second-bottom Agen would face a playoff against the losing
finalist of the second tier should they still occupy 13th place come May.
"We'll stay up if we continue to play like that,"
Agen coach Mauricio Reggiardo said. "We acquitted ourselves well