Brive extend home unbeaten record against limpid Toulouse
Brive's fans celebrate at Loftus Road, November 9, 1997 in London
Defeat prevented Toulouse from regaining top spot from Toulon, who beat strugglers Bordeaux on Friday, and they trail the European champions by a point after 11 matches as do Clermont, who drew with defending champions Castres also on Friday.
Montpellier, who are four points adrift, can go top later if they beat Grenoble at home.
Brive, who extended their unbeaten home record to five, burst out of the blocks from the start and thought they had scored a try inside the first minute.
However, it was ruled out for the player having his foot in touch but from the resulting line-out Toulouse South African hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle threw too long and it fell into the grateful hands of his opposite number Guillaume Ribes, who rumbled over the line from five metres out.
Kicker Gaetan Germain, who came into the game with 108 points, converted and then added two penalties in the first-half against a Toulouse side that had among others French internationals Thierry Dusautoir and Maxime Medard sitting on the replacements bench.
Germain rounded off an excellent half for the hosts with another penalty on the stroke of half-time for 16-0 leaving the visitors pointless from the first period for the second successive time.
Toulouse finally got off the mark in the 46th minute as Lionel Beauxis slotted a penalty -- Dusautoir who had come on at half-time was yellow-carded in the 52nd minute and Germain added two more penalties while he was off the pitch for a lead of 22-3.
The visitors did manage to cross the Brive tryline once as Yoann Huget ran in from a few metres out after a neat pass by Jean-Narc Doussain which Beauxis converted.
However, the four-time European champions were unable to build on that and it was Brive who had the final say as the immaculate 23-year-old Germain added another penalty on full-time to give the hosts a much deserved 25-13 win.