Stade FranÃ§ais held on for a valuable Top 14 win over Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles on Saturday despite seeing skipper Sergio Parisse sent off.
Stade FranÃ§ais held on for a valuable Top 14 win over Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles on Saturday despite seeing skipper Sergio Parisse sent off in the first half.
Clermont ran seven unanswered tries past Mont-de-Marsan for a predictable easy win while Racing MÃ©tro scraped to a narrow win at home to Bayonne.
Elsewhere, Grenoble maintained their unbeaten record on home soil with victory over Agen.
In the late game, Biarritz battled their way to a try-less win over Castres.
Earlier in the day, league leaders Toulon put on an impressive display to thump Montpellier.
Toulouse 18-19 Perpignan – Report here
Toulon 51-6 Montpellier – Report here
Clermont 56-3 Mont-de-Marsan
Grenoble 27-13 Agen
Stade FranÃ§ais 30-14 Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles
Racing MÃ©tro 15-10 Bayonne
Biarritz 15-9 Castres
Stade FranÃ§ais Paris 30-14 Union Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles
Stade CharlÃ©ty, Paris
Stade FranÃ§ais claimed the spoils in a game rife with controversy although the hosts deserved to win.
Italy skipper Sergio Parisse is in danger of missing next weekend's Six Nations clash with Wales after being sent off late in the first half for allegedly insulting referee Laurent Cardona.
Stade FranÃ§ais led 24-6 at half time but the last of their three tries, scored just before the break, was scored after the Parisians took a quick throw-in with the wrong ball, which the referee failed to notice.
Julien Rey's second half try for UBB was too little, too late as home scrum-half Julien Dupuy's 100 percent record from the kicking tee kept the scoreboard ticking for Stade FranÃ§ais.
For Stade FranÃ§ais:
Tries: Parisse, De malmanche, Turini
Cons: Dupuy 3
Pens: Dupuy 3
Red card: Parisse
Pens: Munro 3
Stade FranÃ§ais: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Paul Williams, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Morgan Turinui, 11 Jeremy Sinzelle, 10 Paul Warwick, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 David Lyons, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Anton Van zyl, 3 David Attoub, 2 Aled De malmanche, 1 Stanley Wright.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Scott Lavalla, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Jerome Fillol, 21 Jules Plisson, 22 Djibril Camara, 23 Jeremy Becasseau.
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles: 15 Lachie Munro, 14 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 13 Julien Rey, 12 Felix Le bourhis, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Gautier Gibouin, 5 Francois Tisseau, 4 Cameron Treloar, 3 Silviu Florea, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Hikairo Forbes, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Louis benoit Madaule, 19 Adam Jaulhac, 20 Julien Seron, 21 Camille Lopez, 22 Rafael Carballo, 23 Tamato Leupolu.
ASM Clermont 56-3 Mont-de-Marsan
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont Ferrand
Clermont climbed back into second place with an easy bonus-point win that leaves them six points behind Toulon but five ahead of Toulouse.
Clermont led 21-3 at half time with two of their seven tries coming before the break.
Tries: Vosloo, Chaume, Cudmore, Nalaga, Byrne, Jacquet, Senio
Cons: James 3, Skrela 3
Pens: James 3
Yellow card: Rougerie
Yellow card: Taukafa, Taulanga
Clermont: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Gerhard Vosloo, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Raphael Chaume.
Replacements: 16 Benoit Cabello, 17 Clement Ric, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Alexandre Lapandry, 20 Kevin Senio, 21 David Skrela, 22 Regan King, 23 Adrien Oleon.
Mont-de-Marsan: 15 Thibault Duvallet, 14 Martin Jagr, 13 Daniele Baleinadogo, 12 Seru Rabeni, 11 Simon Lucu, 10 Antoine Vignau-Tuquet, 9 Arnaud Pic, 8 Haisini Taulanga, 7 Philipus Liebenberg, 6 Yann Brethous, 5 Berend Botha, 4 Sebastian De chaves, 3 Tevita Mailau, 2 Thomas Bordes, 1 Julian Fiorini.
Replacements: 16 Ephraim Taukafa, 17 Pierre Correia, 18 Wame Lewaravu, 19 Julien Tastet, 20 Julien Cabannes, 21 Bernard Arrayet, 22 Yohann Durquet, 23 Mathieu Giudicelli.
Racing MÃ©tro 15-10 Aviron Bayonnais
Stade Yves Du Manoir – Colombes (Paris)
Racing MÃ©tro claimed their fifth consecutive win to keep pushing for a spot in the play-offs.
Racing led 6-0 at half time but Joe Rokocoko's 67th minute try put Bayonne ahead.
Jonathan Wisniewski's trusty boot ensured the points for Racing though. The bad news for Racing is the loss of Juan martin Hernandez, who limped off injured in the first half.
A losing bonus point for Bayonne moves the Basques further away from the relegations zone since all three bottom clubs lost on Saturday.
For Racing MÃ©tro:
Pens: Wisniewski 5
Racing MÃ©tro: 15 Juan martin Hernandez, 14 Julien Jane, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Sebastien Descons, 8 Masinivanua Matadigo, 7 Alvaro Galindo, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Karim Ghezal, 3 Juan pablo Orlandi, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Noirot, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Fabrice Metz, 19 Jacques Cronje, 20 Mathieu Belie, 21 Olly Barkley, 22 Bernard Le roux, 23 Salemane Sa.
Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Bastien Fuster, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Benjamin Boyet, 9 Cedric Garcia, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Julien Puricelli, 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Nemiah Tialata, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Aretz Iguiniz.
Replacements: 16 Gregory Arganese, 17 Vitolio Manukula, 18 Matt Graham, 19 Marc Baget, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Manu Ahotaeiloa, 22 Jacques louis Potgeiter, 23 Renaud Boyoud.
FC Grenoble 27-13 SU Agen
Stade LesdiguiÃ¨res, Grenoble
Unbelievably, Grenoble are still on course for the play-offs as they maintain their unbeaten home record, which stretched back to 2011!
Grenoble led 16-13 at half time thanks to a penalty try awarded against the Agen scrum.
Wing Rudolf Coetzee's late try after a pin-point cross-filed kick secured victory, leaving Agen stuck in the relegation zone.
Tries: Penalty try, Coetzee
Cons: Courrent 2
Pens: Courrent 5