Clermont made a statement of intent after beating Montpellier 26-22 in their Top14 clash on Sunday.
It was a scrappy game throughout but Clermont used their chances better, pouncing on countless mistakes by Montpellier for an impressive away victory over Jake White's men.
The visitors held the lead throughout the game thanks to a faultless kicking performance by Camille Lopez. His boot ensured the victory even though Clermont were outscored three tries to two.
All Montpellier's tries were scored by South Africans as Paul Willemse, Pierre Spies and Bismarck du Plessis all crossed the whitewash. But they were guilty of too many errors with sloppy handling errors costing the home side dearly in crucial moments of the match.
Tries: Willemse, Spies, Du Plessis
Cons: Catrakilis, Botica
Tries: Nakaitaici, Yato
Cons: Lopez 2
Pens: Lopez 4
Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 François Steyn, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic White, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Konstantine Mikautadze, 3 Davit Kubriashvili, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Misha Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Arno van Wyk, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Robins Tchale Watchou, 19 Nicolaas van Rensburg, 20 Benoît Paillaugue, 21 Benjamin Botica, 22 Vincent Martin, 23 Jannie du Plessis
Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaici, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Enzo Sanga, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Judicaël Cancoriet, 6 Julien Bardy, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Raphaël Chaume
Replacements: 16 Yohan Beheregaray, 17 Etienne Falgoux, 18 Arthur Iturria, 19 Peceli Yato, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Patricio Fernandez, 22 Aurélien Rougerie, 23 Clément Ric