Pau did their chances of making the play-offs the power of good on Sunday as they defeated Castres 18-12 at Stade du Hameau.
It was far from a classic but Pau won’t mind that as they move third, above Castres and Toulon with Montpellier still to play this weekend.
No tries were scored in the game so the home team were reliant on the boot of fly-half Tom Taylor, who kicked six penalties off the tee.
Benjamin Urdapilleta was Castres’ only scorer as he knocked over four penalties in a disappointing performance from the former champions.
Pens: Taylor 6
Yellow Card: Hurou
Pens: Urdapilleta 4
Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Julien Fumat, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Masalosalo Tutaia, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Sylvain Charlet, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq, 17 Jeremy Hurou, 18 Daniel Ramsay, 19 James Coughlan, 20 Pierrick Gunther, 21 Julien Tomas, 22 Brandon Fajardo, 23 Malik Hamadache
Castres: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Sitiveni Mafi, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Victor Moreaux, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Mihaïta Lazar
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Christophe Samson, 19 Alex Tulou, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Julien Dumora, 22 Florian Vialelle, 23 Damien Tussac
Referee: Thomas Charabas
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Noirot, Jacques De Lemos
TMO: Jean-Marie Piraveau