Nevers hardly beat Provence Rugby (23-19) on Friday, during the 16th day of Pro D2, and kept his place in the Top 6 by widening the gap on all his immediate pursuers, including Aix. The Nivernais led 14-9 at the halfway point, then the Provençaux hung on and spared the suspense until the end but, not paid for their efforts, they will return home certainly still 7th in the standings, but with a deficit of seven points on Nevers, instead of four when arriving. A little earlier, Aurillac had crushed Béziers (43-13), with four tries to the key, while Valence-Romans, the penultimate of the class, hardly came to the end of Rouen (14-9) who led 6-3 at the break. Soyaux Angoulême, the red lantern, held up well in Grenoble but the Isérois finally won (25-20) by scoring twice as many tries as their evening visitors who will console themselves with a defensive bonus point. On Thursday, Biarritz Olympique consolidated its 3rd place by going to Vannes (16-14), still provisional runner-up to Perpignan, while Colomiers, beaten by Vannes a week earlier, had recovered well at the expense of Carcassonne (37 -13). On Saturday, to close this 16th day, Oyonnax (5th) will go to Montauban to try to get back on the leading quartet and Perpignan will defend its place of leader in Mont-de-Marsan, now 15th and penultimate.