Top 14 - Montpellier beat Toulouse to boost play-off hopes

Montpellier boosted their Top 14 play-off hopes with a hard-fought 10-8 victory over title rivals Toulouse at the Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday.

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Top 14 - Montpellier beat Toulouse to boost play-off hopes
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RUGBY Todeschini of Montpellier in the Top 14

Montpellier scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue thrived in what was a low-scoring affair, and he traded early points with Toulouse fly-half Lionel Beauxis.

Winger Timoci Nagusa put the home side in control with a try that was converted by Paillaugue, and despite a late fightback from Toulouse, it was not enough to overhaul their opponents.

The defeat dents the defending champions' hopes of booking a place in the semi-finals, while the win cements Montpellier's place in the play-off picture.

Stade Francais secured a fine 28-20 victory over struggling Agen at the Stade Armandie, while in another basement battle, Bayonne edged out Grenoble 31-24 in a seven-try thriller at the Stade Jean Dauger.

In the other match on Saturday, Racing Metro raced away to a 34-9 victory over Mont-de-Marsan.

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