- Clermont bounced back from their first home defeat in over a year to condemn play-off hopefuls Pau to a nine-try 65-13 rout as the Top 14 returned to action after a week of turmoil. The win saw second-placed Clermont, defeated 28-19 by Montpellier at their Stade Marcel-Michelin home last weekend, cut La Rochelle's lead at the top of the table to three points. However, the leaders can restore their cushion by beating Brive later Saturday. Unbeaten since December, Pau came into the match having won seven and drawn one of their last eight Top 14 games but they were swept aside by a Clermont attacking masterclass. Tries by forwards Flip Van Der Merwe (17 minutes), Benjamin Kayser (22) and Raphael Chaume (27) put the home side in the driving seat within the first 30 minutes.