Yoann Huget scored a hat-trick as Toulouse romped to a 28-10 victory over arch-rivals Stade Français in Saturday's late Top 14 game at Stade Ernest Wallon.
Toulouse outscored the Parisians four tries to one bag a bonus point and draw level with Toulon and Montpellier at the summit of the Top 14 table.
The home side were sublime on attack in the first half as French international Huget and former All Black Hosea Gear touched down to give Toulouse a 14-3 lead at the interval.
Huget scored again soon after the restart and although young Stade Français fly-half Jules Plisson pulled a try back for the visitors on the counter-attack after the break, Toulouse were not to be denied.
Huget completed an impressive display with his third try after 65 minutes as Toulouse sent a message out to their European rivals a week ahead of the first round of the Heineken Cup.
Stade Français, who started the season top of the standings drop to fourth, one point off the pace.
Tries: Huget 3, Gear
Cons: McAlister, Doussain 3
Yellow card: Fickou
For Stade Français:
Toulouse: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Luke Mcalister 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Gillian Galan, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Gregory Lamboley, 5 Iosefa Tekori, 4 Yoann Maestri , 3 Census Johnston, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements:16 Martin van der Heever, 17 Dorian Aldegheri, 18 Romain Millo chlusky, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Sebastien Bezy, 21Clement Poitrenaud, 22 Yann David, 23 Yohan Montes,
Stade Français: 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Hugo Bonneval, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jerome Fillol, 8 Pierre Rabadan, 7 Scott Lavalla, 6 Olivier Missoup, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Hendrik van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 David Attoub, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 22 Julien Arias, 23 Sakaria Taulafo.
Venue:Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)