Top 14 - Bayonne blast through Castres

Bayonne executed a convincing 22-12 home win over Castres to stay clear of the Top 14 relegation zone at Stade Jean Dauger.

Top 14 - Bayonne blast through Castres

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Bayonne's number eight Dwayne Haare vies with Castres's French fullback Brice Dulin (AFP)

Though the visitors kicked off with some strong play and three penalties from Rory Kockott, Jacques-Louis Potgieter put the boot in to score three of his own that complimented Gabiriele Lovobalavu’s try at the half-hour mark.

The half-time score was 16-9 and made way for a more even second half, as the two South Africans Kocout and Potgieter traded penalties.

But the hosts rammed the door shut on their visitors, who have now suffered a fifth straight defeat but are fourth on the table with 44 points.

The win gives Bayonne a 12-point gap between them and the relegation zone.

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