Top 14 - Clermont go top with thumping win at Stade Francais

Clermont Auvergne notched four tries in a 37-10 victory at Stade Francais to go top of the Top 14.

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Top 14 - Clermont go top with thumping win at Stade Francais
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lermont's flanker Jamie Cudmore (2nd R) is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the French Top 14 rugby union match Stade Francais CASG vs ASM Clermont Auvergne on March 2, 2013 (AFP)

The result puts Clermont top, at least until Sunday when Toulon meet Toulouse.

Aurelien Rougerie, Jamie Cudmore and Sitiveni Sivivatu all crossed in the first half, while Napolioni Nalaga struck late to ensure a bonus point.

Elsewhere James Hook bagged 16 points in a 31-17 victory for Perpignan on their trip to Mont-de-Marsan.

Racing Metro brushed aside Grenoble 23-3 to move up to sixth, with Juan Imhoff bagging two tries.

Bordeaux-Begles impressed with a 48-17 demolition job over Agen, leapfrogging their opponents in the process.

Rory Kockott knocked over four penalties as Castres shaded Montpellier 26-20 to continue their push towards the play-off places.

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