Stade Français fell just short of putting 70 points past Oyonnax as four games took place in the Top 14 on Saturday.
Grenoble 14-20 Bordeaux
Stade Français 69-8 Oyonnax
La Rochelle 36-10 Montpellier
Pau 10-16 Clermont
Brive v Racing 92
Stade Français 69-8 Oyonnax
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris
2015/2016 has been a season to forget for the reigning Top 14 champions but they thrashed Oyonnax convincingly on Saturday, with Waisea Nayacalevu and Hugh Pyle scoring two tries each in a demolition at the Stade Jean Bouin.
The scores were tied at 3-3 after the opening ten minutes thanks to penalties from Jules Plisson and Quentin Etienne, but then it all went downhill for Oyonnax.
Jono Ross, Jonathan Danty, Jules Plisson and Sergio Parisse all crossed in the space of less than 20 minutes for Stade Français, created by some impressive passing.
Nayacalevu then grabbed the first of his tries before the interval as Stade went in ahead 36-3.
The winger was over again following an 80-metre sprint after the interval and the rout continued with Hugh Pyle crossing twice along with Julien Tomas.
Hugo Bonneval made it ten tries for Stade Français shortly before the final whistle after Uwa Tawalo had scored a consolation for the visitors.
For Stade Français:
Tries: Ross, Danty, Plisson, Parisse, Nayacalevu 2, Pyle 2, Tomas, Bonneval
Cons: Plisson 5, Steyn 3
Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Raphaël Lakafia, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo Emile, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Zak Taulafo
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Paul Gabrillagues, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Julien Tomas, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Hugo Bonneval, 23 Rabah Slimani
Oyonnax: 15 Florian Denos, 14 Dug Cudjo, 13 Alaska Taufa, 12 Roimata Hansell-Pune, 11 Uwa Tawalo, 10 Quentin Etienne, 9 Julien Blanc, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Olivier Missoup, 6 Patrick Sobela, 5 Geoffrey Fabbri, 4 Fabrice Metz, 3 Antoine Guillamon, 2 Jérémie Maurouard, 1 Laurent Delboulbès
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bordes, 17 Lukas Rapant, 18 Leon Power, 19 Bilel Taieb, 20 Nuku Swerling, 21 Régis Lespinas, 22 Eamonn Sheridan, 23 Marc Clerc
Referee: Thomas Charabas
La Rochelle 36-10 Montpellier
Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle
Montpellier's winning run came to an end on the road at La Rochelle as the hosts four tries in a big win.
Zach Holmes also played a vital role off the boot for La Rochelle with his four penalties and two conversions to always keep the scoreboard ticking over.
La Rochelle had the perfect start when Zeno Kieft went over in the first minute – after 47 seconds to be exact – after winning the ball from the kick-off and a break by Pierre Aguillon setting up the number eight.
Benoit Paillaugue responded with a penalty and soon after Montpellier took the lead through their rolling maul as hooker Mickaël Ivaldi crashed over.
However Ricky Januarie's converted try and two Holmes penalties made sure it was the hosts who went into half-time ahead at 18-10.
Two more three-pointers from Holmes after the break put La Rochelle in the driving seat and they never looked back, with replacement Leandro Cedaro scoring off the rolling maul before Gabriel Lacroix put the stamp on the win late on.
For La Rochelle:
Tries: Kieft, Januarie, Cedaro, Lacroix
Cons: Holmes 2
Pens: Holmes 4
La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Elliot Roudil, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Afa Amosa, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Jone Qovu, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hika Forbes, 1 Mike Corbel
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Geledan, 17 Thomas Synaeghel, 18 Leandro Cedaro, 19 Damien Lagrange, 20 Julien Audy, 21 Fabien Fortassin, 22 Malietoa Hingano, 23 David Feao
Montpellier: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Julien Malzieu, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Marvin O’Connor, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Kelian Galletier, 7 Sitaleki Timani, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Robins Tchale-Watchou, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Pat Cilliers
Replacements: 16 Arno van Wyk, 17 Oleg Ischenko, 18 Thibaut Privat, 19 Martin Devergie, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 François Trinh-Duc, 22 Seveci Nakailagi, 23 Jannie du Plessis
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
Pau 10-16 Clermont
Stade du Hameau, Pau
Clermont were made to work for their 16th win of the season but did extend their gap at the top of the table thanks to Montpellier's defeat.
Nick Abendanon surpassed Zeno Kieft's effort for La Rochelle by going over for an even earlier try – 38 second this time – as the visitors got off to the perfect start.
Abendanon was soon followed over by his fellow Clermont winger Noa Nakaitaci in the 12th minute, once again not converted by Morgan Parra, but Clermont were still ahead 0-10.
Pau had to wait until the end of the first half for their first points after a Colin Slade penalty put them on the board, although they trailed 3-10 at the break.
Parra hit back with three points at the start of the second half before Pau produced a superb try by Watisoni Votu, the winger finishing off a multiple phase move as Conrad Smith delivered the final pass.
Slade's conversion made the scored 10-13 to set up a tense finish until Parra's second penalty in the 72nd minute proved to be enough for the win.
Tries: Abendanon, Nakaitaci
Pens: Parra 2
Pau: 15 Charlie Malie, 14 Julien Fumat, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Thibault Daubagna, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Jean Bouilhou, 6 Sean Dougall, 5 Daniel Ramsay, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Giorgi Natsarashvili, 2 Mehdi Boundjema, 1 Jeremy Hurou
Replacements: 16 Lucas Rey, 17 Julien Jacquot, 18 Abdelatif Boutaty, 19 Paddy Butler, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Brandon Fajardo, 22 Damien Traille, 23 Sylvan Charlet
Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Nick Abendanon, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Raphaël Chaume
Replacements: 16 Marthinus van der Westhuizen, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Jamie Cudmore, 19 Julien Bardy, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Patricio Fernandez, 22 Jonathan Davies, 23 Daniel Kotze
Referee: Pascal Gauzère
Brive 33-27 Racing 92
Stade Amédée Domenech
Brive have stunned the Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 by outclassing them 33-27 at Stade Amédée Domenech on Saturday.
Despite outscoring their hosts by four tries to three, Racing could not manage a victory in a match which saw five yellow cards shown, two to Racing and three to the home side.
Full-back Gaëtan Germain contributed 18 points off the tee which included three conversions and four penalties.
Camille Chat got over for the first try and Benjamin Dambielle added the extras to hand the visitors an early lead.
A brace of tries from Racing wing Marc Andreu both converted by Dambielle handed Racing a comfortable 21-13 lead as the final ten minutes of the first half approached, however a converted try from South African-born Johan Snyman and a Germain penalty gave a 23-21 lead as the players headed into the changing rooms.
The home took full advantage of their controlled possesion and extended the gap with a try from number eight Sisa Koyamaibole, converted by Germain and the scoreboard read 30-21 as the final quarter approached.
It was the boot of Germain that kept the home side's lead intact despite two late Dambielle penalties as the Brive full-back added his fourth penalty earlier in the 59th minute to make the final score 33-27.
Tries: Namy, Snyman, Koyamaibole
Cons: Germain 3
Pens: Germain 4
Yellow Cards: Ugalde, Iribaren, Snyman
Tries: Chat, Andreu 2
Cons: Dambielle 3
Pens: Dambielle 2
Yellow Cards: Dubarry, Gomes Sa
Brive: 15 Gaëtan Germain, 14 Sevanaia Galala, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Benjamin Petre, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Nicolas Bezy, 9 Jean-Baptiste Péjoine, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Saïd Hirèche, 6 Petrus Hauman, 5 Arnaud Méla, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Guillaume Ribes, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Thomas Acquier, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 19 Poutasi Luafutu, 20 Teddy Iribaren, 21 Matthieu Ugalde, 22 Benito Masilevu, 23 Damien Jourdain
Racing 92: 15 Benjamin Dambielle, 14 Sean Robinson, 13 Etienne Dussartre, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Thibault Dubarry, 7 Mathieu Voisin, 6 Luc Barba, 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Khatchik Vartanov, 18 Boris Palu, 19 Loïc Godener, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Maxime Javaux, 22 Vincent Lasmarrigues, 23 Pierre Maiau
Referee: Tual Trainini