After lifting the 2016-17 crown three months ago it has been a mixed start for Clermont this season with only one win – against Toulon – from their opening three matches.
They were humbled 51-20 by La Rochelle last time out but Franck Azema got just the reaction he would have been looking for as they eased to a bonus-point win.
The triumph – inspired by a hat-trick from Alivereti Raka – lifted Clermont back towards the top of the fledgling table but just shy of the top six.
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La Rochelle, who topped the end of season table in 2016-17 before losing in the semi-finals, look well poised again after a narrow 20-15 success over Agen.
It was a match dominated by La Rochelle but a solid defensive display from Agen denied their opponents the bonus point that would have taken them level with Montpellier.
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