La Rochelle back to winning ways in Top 14

La Rochelle put their recent bad form behind them to record a convincing 27-6 Top 14 victory over struggling Section Paloise.

A three-game winless run was threatening to derail La Rochelle's season, but Sunday saw a return to form as the Stade Marcel-Deflandre crowd were treated to a dominant display, capped by a bonus-point triumph.

The tone was set early, with Mohamed Boughanmi crossing in the 12th minute and Zack Holmes adding the extras.

A pair of penalties from Australian Brock James increased the hosts' lead, while Paloise had only Tom Taylor's three-pointer to show for their efforts.

Taylor's second kick cut the arrears early in the second half, but a brace of converted tries from Jeremie Maurouard settled matters as La Rochelle moved up to second.

Elsewhere, Lyon sprung a surprise in defeating Toulonnais 27-13.

Lyon started the game 10 points behind their visitors in the table, but produced an impressive performance as Mickael Ivaldi and Napolioni Nalaga touched down.

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