Toulouse took advantage of defeats for a number of sides further down the Top 14 table as they sealed a top-two spot.
Castres were dominant against league leaders Toulouse but fell foul of Thomas Ramos’ kicking, as seven penalties – including two in the final 10 minutes – secured a dramatic Toulouse win.
Lyon fell 19 points behind top spot with three games remaining after they lost 25-15, with both of their tries coming in the closing stages of a disappointing match.
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Pau held on to edge Racing 29-27 after an early flurry, with the dismissal of second try scorer Watisoni Votu 18 minutes from time putting his side under pressure.
Votu had scored a fine effort to put his side in complete control after 16 minutes, but saw red for a high tackle on Teddy Iribaren before Virimi Vakatawa’s double almost completed a remarkable fightback.
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