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Oyonnax stunned Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Marcel-Michelin and Toulon capitalised by winning away in Grenoble.
Toulon once again find themselves at the top of the French domestic league thanks to a five-try win over Brive.
Bordeaux came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Toulon 28-23 in the Top 14 at the Stade Chaban Delmas.
Newcastle, Exeter, London Irish, Cardiff and Connacht recorded bonus-point wins in the Challenge Cup.
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.
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