PARIS - CASTRES surged to the top of France's Top 14 with their third away win of the season at the weekend as champions Perpignan turned over Stade Francais.
Fifteen points from New Zealand fly-half Cameron McIntyre was enough to condemn Bayonne to their first home defeat and secure Castres' third win away on Friday night with a 15-6 victory.
With former European champions Toulouse also putting in a powerful second-half display on Saturday to down Biarritz 23-3, the minnows from nearby Castres may not cling on long to the leadership.
They face champions Perpignan next Friday. The Catalans, fresh from a 20-14 win over Stade Francais, are now second.
They formed an awesome defensive bloc to deny Stade in the dying minutes before 77000 people at the Stade de France in Paris.
England's 2003 World Cup hero Johnny Wilkinson continued his storming start to the season with a try, five conversions and two penalties as Toulon trounced Bourgoin 46-28. - AFP