Toulouse win 12th title

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Christophe Deylaud, France's stand-off, produced a vintage kicking performance and scored 26 points to earn Toulouse a record 12th French championship in Paris on Saturday.

Deylaud, dropped by France during the Five Nations tournament but back in the World Cup squad, kicked seven penalties, a conversion and a drop goal to seal the 31-16 win for the reigning champions over Castres.

An early drop goal from Francis Rui and an exchange of penalties saw Castres go 6-3 ahead before their scrum-half Frederic Seguier touched down in the left corner.

The Castres lock Guy Jeannard and the Toulouse full-back Stephane Ougier were then sent off for 10 minutes for fighting.

Toulouse reached half-time 16-6 down but Deylaud slotted three more penalties within 15 minutes and by the 57th his sixth put Toulouse ahead at 18-16.

There was just time for a pushover scrum, with full-back Ougier scoring, and a Deylaud conversion and drop goal.