Toulouse topple leaders Montpellier

Lyon consigned Toulouse to a home defeat last weekend, but Ugo Mola's side put that behind them to move just five points behind Montpellier.

There was nothing to choose between the two title contenders in the first half at Stade Ernest Wallon, where Nemani Nadolo barged his way over from close range before Yoann Maestri's converted try made it 7-7 at the break.

Francois Cros went over from the back of a scrum as Montpellier failed to withstand the pressure and a Thomas Ramos penalty gave the home side an eight-point advantage.

Montpellier pull clear of Racing

Montpellier won 11-10 on home soil, Jan Serfontein's try adding to a pair of Ruan Pienaar penalties, with Bordeaux left to count the cost of failing to convert either of Ed Fidow's scores.

Charlie Slade impressed for Pau, booting 11 points, as they kept their noses ahead of Racing throughout.

Watisoni Votu scored a second-half double to help Pau move level on points with Toulon and Toulouse in the final play-off spots, ahead of those sides' assignments on Sunday.

Montpellier squeeze past Clermont

Nemani Nadolo powered over for a score that was confirmed by the video referee in the 79th minute and Ruan Pienaar held his nerve to split the posts for a match-clinching conversion.

Montpellier return to the top of the table as a result, but Clermont remain well adrift of the top six having again failed to transfer their European Champions Cup form to the domestic league.

Montpellier humbled by Racing

Montpellier had won their last three games, but were put to the sword by the hosts, who ran in three tries and saw 11 points come from the boot of fly-half Pat Lambie to give their home stadium in Colombes a fine send-off before they move to the newly built U Arena.

Racing, who are set to lose Dan Carter at the end of the season after he announced this week that he is to leave for Japan's Kobelco Steelers, went ahead courtesy of the first of three Lambie penalties 23 minutes in.

And seven minutes later Albert Vulivuli crossed for the game's opening try.

Leinster hold off Montpellier

Beaten semi-finalists at the hands of Clermont Auvergne in April, Leinster will be a force to be reckoned with once more in 2017-18 if this success, achieved despite the absence of several pivotal players, is anything to go by.

Former Australia flanker Scott Fardy withdrew on Saturday due to personal reasons, adding to a lengthy list of unavailable stars that already included injured Ireland quartet Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip.