Toulon trounce Bayonne

Joe van Niekerk and Ross Skeate excelled in Toulon’s 31-13 defeat of Bayonne which secures their place in the Top 14 play-offs.

The victory temporarily took Toulon to the top of the table, but Castres’ 19-11 victory away at Pepignan late on Saturday meant they took that place. Clermont missed their opportunity to go to the summit, losing 19-10 at Stade Francais.

Gerhard Vosloo and Ronnie Cooke scored in Brive’s 25-15 victory against Bourgoin which keeps them in a with an outside chance of making the play-offs. But they’ll be pushed hard by Biarritz, whose 42-13 win over Montauban has them in seventh on the table.

Montpellier murdered Albi 61-17 to ease fears of relegation.

In England, Leicester consolidated their place at the top of the table by beating Bath 43-20.

Northampton kept the pressure on the Tigers with a 14-7 away win at Leeds, while Harlequins edged away from the relegation zone with a 23-14 win over Newcastle.

Derick Hougaard missed a late penalty as Saracens went down 29-28 to Gloucester. Brad Barritt scored for Saracens.