Top 14 round-up - Grenoble maintain unbeaten home record
Grenoble claimed yet another big scalp as they maintained their unbeaten home record with victory over Castres.
Last Updated: 06/01/13 10:42am
Elsewhere, both Stade Francais and Perpignan relied on their goal-kickers to edge past Bayonne and Bordeaux-Begles respectively.
Grenoble 14-12 Castres
Grenoble climbed into the top six on the back of their third straight win which was set up by a fifth-minute try from winger Lucas Dupont.
Castres scored two tries of their own through Marc Andreu and Thierry Lacrampe but were always chasing the game after Grenoble fly-half Blair Stewart's neat drop-goal early in the second period gave the hosts a healthy nine-point lead.
Stade Francais 21-13 Bayonne
Stade Francais could not breach the Bayonne defence but put in a workman-like display to bounce back from a heavy defeat last week with full-back Jerome Porical kicking all their points.
Bayonne number eight Dwayne Haare scored early to give the visitors the lead, but Porical had kicked his side into a 15-10 half-time advantage and added six further points to see them home after the break.
Perpignan 26-16 Bordeaux-Begles
Perpignan came from a point down with nine minutes remaining to see off Bordeaux-Begles, ultimately denying the visitors a losing bonus-point.
UBB went 16-15 ahead thanks to a brilliant 90m try from full-back Metuisela Talebula, but the Catalans had the last laugh as David Mele kicked them back in front with a penalty before Gavin Hume's last-minute try wrapped up the win.
Mont-de-Marsan 12-16 Toulouse
Toulouse were a long way from their best but emerged triumphant as they did just enough to overcome minnows Mont-de-Marsan.
Toulouse forwards coach/hooker William Servat was at the back of a maul that rumbled over the line as the visitors lead 10-6 at the break and a couple of Luke McAlister penalties would prove sufficient as the hosts could muster only four kicks of their own.
Clermont Auvergne 36 -18 Montpellier
Clermont held onto second place with a hard-fought 36-18 win over Montpellier at Parc Des Sports Marcel Michelin as Wesley Fofana and Jean-Marcellin Buttin added to a penalty try.
Clermont led 20-13 at the break thanks largely to centre Fofana, who scored one try and created another for Buttin, in reply to Montpellier prop Maximiliano Bustos's score-opening try in the third minute and the boot of Morgan Parra saw the hosts home in the second period.