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USA flanker Scott LaValla started and played all 80 minutes for Stade Francais as Paris moved into first place in the French Top 14 Friday night by beating Montpellier 18-11.

LaValla continues to be a big part of Stade's resurgence into the upper echelon of France's top professional league.

Stade's time in first place might be short, though, as Toulon plays tomorrow.

Meanwhile, also on Friday, Samu Manoa was a sub for Northampton as they beat Sale 33-14. Manoa sparked a strong finish for the Saints, starting an attacking movement with his powerful running and a smart offload.

The victory ties Northampton with Saracens for 1st, but Saracens has a game to play this weekend.