Lionel Beauxis missed with the last kick of the game to cost Bordeaux-Begles a place in the Top 14 play-offs.
Dodgy refereeing, French figures and a sleeping giant's awakening feature in Rupert Cox's weekly blog.
Oyonnax stunned Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Marcel-Michelin and Toulon capitalised by winning away in Grenoble.
Stade Francais recorded a thrilling 40-26 win over Clermont Auvergne, while Toulouse came from behind to shock Toulon.
Rupert Cox shares his highlights from the week's rugby action in his round-up blog.
Toulon once again find themselves at the top of the French domestic league thanks to a five-try win over Brive.
French club Bayonne have signed England-capped back Mathew Tait and All Black Tom Taylor.
Bordeaux came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Toulon 28-23 in the Top 14 at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
Clermont and Stade Francais both suffered losses in the Top 14, leaving them locked together with new leaders Toulon.
Toulon put their Steffon Armitage woes to one side to beat Bayonne 24-17 in the Top 14 on Friday.
Newcastle, Exeter, London Irish, Cardiff and Connacht recorded bonus-point wins in the Challenge Cup.
France full-back Scott Spedding will leave Bayonne to play for Clermont next season.
Jake White's first game in charge of Montpellier ended in a win over Toulon, while Stade Francais hung on to top spot.
Stade Francais shocked defending champions Toulon 30-6 to end the year at the summit of the Top 14.
Wins for Toulon and Clermont at the weekend has kept the race for top spot alive in France's Top 14.
Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup continues on Saturday, with six fixtures on the cards.
Wins for Cardiff Blues, Connacht and Newport Gwent Dragons in round three of the European Challenge Cup.
Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup billing sees four matches, with London Irish and Connacht both in action.
Reigning Top 14 champions Toulon claimed a 27-19 victory against Clermont Auvergne in a clash of the titans on Saturday.
A depleted Toulon team came a cropper at Castres, allowing Clermont Auvergne to take over as new leaders in the Top 14.