Toulon overcame a red card shown to Mathieu Bastareaud to edge Castres 28-27 for their first Top 14 win of the season.

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The three-time European champions sat bottom of the pile following defeats to Pau and Racing 92 in their opening two matches, with Castres boasting a pair of wins coming into this fixture.

And it looked like being another disappointing outing for the hosts when, at 27-20 down, Toulon captain Bastareaud was dismissed.

The France centre could have few complaints after his reckless forearm made contact with the head of a prone Castres player.

But Louis Carbonel reduced the deficit with a penalty five minutes from time before Filipo Nikosi touched down to salvage the win for a Toulon side who have looked a long way from their former glory in the early part of the season.

The result lifts Toulon to 11th, while Castres sit fifth after three matches.

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In the day’s early kick-off, Pau won 24-21 to leave struggling Grenoble without a victory so far this season.

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