Clermont Auvergne held on despite a late Montpellier rally to claim a 28-23 win that extended their advantage at the top of the Top 14 table to eight points.
Clermont appeared to be cruising with 16 minutes to go when 28-9 ahead, with Wesley Fofana, Damian Penaud and Isaia Toeava having all crossed in the opening hour.
However, Vincent Giudicelli and Yvan Reilhac scored Montpellier’s tries late on to ensure a nervy finish for the league leaders, who held on for their eighth win from their first 11 games.
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Toulon were locked at 3-3 at half-time, but Bastareaud, Josua Tuisova and Guirado all crossed to ensure a relatively routine win.
Guirado’s score came two days after the France captain had revealed he would be joining Montpellier at the end of the season.
Lyon’s success over Pau was more convincing as five players went over in a 30-10 victory.
Andres Zafra Tarazona’s 78th-minute try earned Agen a dramatic 16-13 win over Castres.
Benjamin Urdapilleta’s second penalty 10 minutes from time left Agen needing their first try to secure the victory and they got it late on as Zafra delivered a triumph for his team over the reigning champions.
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