PARIS - Toulon took top spot in the French Top 14 on Saturday with a 25-19 win over old rugby foes Clermont, the team they defeated in last season's European Cup final.
Toulon had a point to prove, having lost 25-22 last weekend to promoted Oyonnax.
Australian back Matt Giteau was the star for Toulon in the inaugural match in front of 35,600 spectators at the new Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice.
He kicked six penalties and converted Maxime Mermoz's 29th-minute try as Toulon went top ahead of Montpellier and Toulouse, although all three sides have 27 points.
Australian fly-half Brock James kicked four penalties for Clermont and converted Damien Chouly's 23rd-minute try, but they paid for some ill discipline with both South African flanker Gerhard Vosloo and Loic Jacquet sin-binned in either half.
The win will give Bernard Laporte's side confidence ahead of their European Cup opener against Cardiff in Nice in a week's time.