Top 14 leaders Montpellier sit six points clear at the summit after an emphatic display against Castres, Les Cistes winning 45-7.
A dominant opening 40 minutes – aided by Maama Vaipulu’s trip to the sin bin – saw Montpellier pile on 21 points.
Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg and Bismarck du Plessis both crossed, while Ruan Pienaar kicked eight points and Francois Steyn converted a drop goal.
There was no let up after the break as Montpellier added another three tries, while all Castres could muster was Armand Batlle’s converted score.
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Toulouse are hot on Montpellier’s heels thanks to a 37-33 victory over Stade Francais, the accuracy of Zack Holmes and Jean-Marc Doussain proving crucial as both sides scored four tries.
Wandile Mjekevu and Cheslin Kolbe plus 10 points from Holmes gave Toulouse a seven-point advantage at half-time, and although Stade Francais fought back the visitors were able to cling on.
The four points moves them into second place above Racing 92 – who face Lyon on Sunday.
La Rochelle made it back-to-back wins to cement their top-six place as Bordeaux-Begles were brushed aside 31-20, the hosts running in five tries.
They are joined in the European places by Pau after a 33-12 triumph over Oyonnax – who slip to the bottom of the table.
Oyonnax drop to 14th place after Brive claimed a first league win of 2018 by beating Agen 15-12.
Gaetan Germain was Brive’s hero with five penalties, while Agen could only register four in a tactical battle that also saw three yellow cards.
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