PARIS - Guided by Australian playmaker Brock James, Clermont stretched their unbeaten home record to 61 matches with a bonus-point 38-19 victory over 19-time champions Toulouse in France's Top 14 rugby competition on Saturday.
The influential James produced 18 points with his boot as Clermont outgunned Toulouse by four tries to one.
It was a perfect response after a humbling 30-19 defeat by Top 14 newcomers Oyonnax last weekend.
Meanwhile, former Wallaby Matt Giteau's late try was not enough to prevent Toulon suffering their first defeat of the season as Jonny Wilkinson missed a potential match-levelling conversion in the dying seconds in a 28-26 loss at Grenoble.
The former England fly-half made all seven penalties before Giteau's try gave Toulon hopes of snatching a draw, but Wilkinson was off target as Toulon fell from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Elsewhere, Bordeaux-Begles edged defending champions Castres 21-20 at the Stade Chaban Delmas with fly-half Pierre Bernard kicking all of his side's points, including a match-winning 75th-minute drop goal.
Bayonne bounced back from last week's drubbing in Toulouse to beat Perpignan 31-20, backed by tries from southern hemisphere trio Joe Rokocoko, Gabiriele Lovobalavu and Scott Spedding. New Racing Metro recruit Jonny Sexton kicked five penalties and converted a Virgile Lacombe try in a 22-9 win over promoted Oyonnax, while fellow newcomers Brive were beaten 33-24 at Montpellier.
In Friday's match, Stade Francais marked their return to the refurbished Stade Jean Bouin with a crushing 38-3 victory over Biarritz.
After three years of playing their home fixtures across the city at the Stade Charlety, tries from Pierre Rabadan, Julien Arias, Jonathan Danty and Waisea Vuidravuwalu propelled Stade to a commanding win in their home opener.