ASM Clermont Auvergne bounced back from their defeat to Leinster last weekend to maintain their push at the top of the Top 14.
Clermont Auvergne fought back from 5-16 down to beat fellow title-chasers Castres 25-19 in an entertaining clash at the Stade Marcel Michelin on Friday night.
The hosts were initially once more undone by Brock James' wayward boot, with the Aussie No 10 missing a trio of first-half kicks as he continued his miserable current form.
James missed out of 20 possible points as 'Les Jaunards' suffered Heineken heartbreak in Leinster last weekend, missing out 29-28 t the final whistle.
Fortunately for Vern Cotter's team the coach sent on France scrum-half Morgan Parra after the break - at which point Clermont trailed 5-13 - and the Grand Slam winner slotted two conversions and two penalties as the home side rallied to claim a crucial win.
The victory temporarily lifted them above Castres and into second position as the target a top two finish, but this latest defeat for Castres was their third in fourth games.
That could yet become four in five as they travel to Stade Toulousain next weekend, increasing the likelihood they will finish fifth in the league after looking good for a top two slot (and semi-final berth) for so much of the season.
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