The pressure eased slightly on coach Fabien Galthie as Montpellier ended a run of seven defeats with a 23-20 victory against Toulouse.
Montpellier have announced the signing of Australian Ben Lucas as medical cover for injured France fly-half François Trinh-Duc.
François Trinh-Duc was stretchered off with a broken leg while in action for Montpellier and looks set for a long lay-off.
Johnnie Beattie was sent off after just ten minutes as 14-man Castres were thrashed 43-10 at Montpellier who go top of the Top 14.
Toulouse full-back Thomas Ramos and Montpellier hooker Charles Géli have both been handed three-week suspensions.
Reigning French and European champions Toulon will begin their 2014/15 domestic campaign away to Bayonne in mid-August.
Montpellier have confirmed their recruits ahead of the new Top 14 season, including the arrival of Blues lock Tom Donnelly.
After causing the biggest upset of the season, Castres face a familiar foe in a battle of the dark horses in Saturday's Top 14 semi-final....
The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has announced several changes to the Top 14 competition that will kick in from next season.
Montpellier's Scottish back-row, Johnnie Beattie, could be sidelined for the rest of the season thanks to a damaged ankle.
Two play-off contenders go head to head in Montpellier on Friday as Stade Français travel to Stade Yves Du Manoir in confident mood....
Montpellier have signed Argentina prop Nahuel Lobo as a medical joker for injured Samoa front row Na'ama Leleimalefaga.
Keep up to date with all of the latest transfer rumours and developments in the Top 14 as the annual transfer rollercoaster rumbles on....
Ulster moved momentarily seven points clear in Pool 5 but failed to secure a try bonus point in their 27-16 win over Montpellier.
Tries will be precious for Ulster when they host a second-string Montpellier outfit at Ravenhill on Friday in the Heineken Cup.
Montpellier centre Wynand Olivier is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a triple fracture to his face.
Toulon continued their impressive form on home soil on Saturday with a dominant 43-10 victory over Top 14 rivals Montpellier.