Clermont Auvergne got back on track in the Top 14 on Saturday with a 65-13 hammering of Pau.
Successive defeats had seen Clermont lose the leadership of the league and fall eight points behind La Rochelle, but Franck Azema’s men proved far too strong for a Pau side that had begun an eight-game unbeaten run with victory in the reverse fixture.
David Strettle scored a second-half brace and seven other home players crossed for tries in a one-sided encounter at Stade Marcel-Michelin.
La Rochelle responded to Clermont’s emphatic victory by beating Brive 36-17 to remain clear at the top of the table.
The leaders effectively wrapped up the game before half-time with four first-half tries, Vincent Rattez, Elliot Roudil, Jason Eaton and Benjamin Noble all going over. Mathieu Tanguy also touched down at the end of the game.
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Saturday’s other fixture saw Bayonne run out 24-20 winners against Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Jean Dauger.
Bordeaux trailed by 15 points at the interval and their subsequent fightback was not enough to rescue victory.
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