Nemani Nadolo went over twice in the first half following a Benjamin Fall score and a penalty try for Vern Cotter’s men, who marched into a 29-16 half-time advantage at Stade Charles-Mathon.
Gregory Fichten and Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg touched down after the interval, five-pointers from Curtis Browning, Daniel Ikpefan and Ulupano Seuteni and 15 points from Ben Botica proving to be in vain for the front-runners.
Ashton was the star of the show in Toulon’s rout of sorry Stade, the former England wing claiming a treble before the interval at Stade Mayol.
— Brendan gallagher (@gallagherbren) February 17, 2018
Mathieu Bastareaud, Eric Escande and Raphael Lakafia also went over the whitewash as the three-time European champions moved up to fourth spot and Stade suffered a second successive mauling after being hammered by Pau last time out.
There was also a double for Yoann Huget for fifth-placed Toulouse, who scored eight tries against the second-bottom side.
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