Top 14

Struggling Toulon beaten again

The three-time European champions have won only two of their eight Top 14 fixtures this season and Patrice Collazo saw the pressure on him mount against his former club.

La Rochelle had Ihaia West to thank for inspiring them to victory, the New Zealander having scored all of their points with a try, conversion and two penalties.

All Toulon could muster in response was a trio of three-pointers from Anthony Belleau, leaving them stuck in the bottom two, with only Perpignan keeping them off the foot of the table.

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 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.

Unflappable Parra helps Clermont end recent final hoodoo

Beaten two years ago by Stade Francais, Clermont also tasted the desperation of defeat in three of the past five European Cup finals - including three weeks ago against Saracens at Murrayfield.

But on Sunday at Stade de France it was their turn to step up from the role of perennial bridesmaids and instead it is Toulon who are left to lament a final curse of their own, having been on the wrong end of four of the last six in the Top 14, although that record is mitigated by their 2014 triumph.