Clermont join Toulouse on top

Clermont moved level with Toulouse at the top of the Top 14 table after a convincing home win over Stade Francais.


The Heineken Cup semi-finalists took full advantage of Toulouse's defeat to Perpignan on Friday night by beating the Parisians 25-9.

Benoit Cabello scored the only try of the game for the home side with Brock James adding 20 points with the boot.

The two teams are all but guaranteed semi-final spots with just three games remaining.

Third place Toulon are now 15 points behind the pair after losing 22-13 at Agen.

Montpellier are currently on course for a home quarter-final in the play-offs after they beat Lyon 43-12 at home.

Racing Metro are fifth after a 40-19 win over Brive while Bayonne boosted their survival hopes with a 24-19 home success over Biarritz.

Castres beat Bordeaux-Begles 44-20 in the evening game and lie in the final play-off spot.

The top six in the Top 14 reach the play-offs and the top two receive byes into the semi-finals which they get to host.

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