Perpignan 27-34 Bordeaux Begles, Stade Aime Giral
Bordeaux Begles managed to hold off Perpignan as they kept their play-off hopes alive in the ongoing European Rugby Challenge Cup with a 27-34 triumph at Stade Aime Giral on Friday.
The win has seen Bordeaux-Begles consolidate their third position in Pool 3 table with 11 points while Perpignan are languishing at the bottom after losing all the five games.
The visitors got off to a promising start when Yann Lesgourgues touched down in the 10th minute followed by Lucas Meret's conversion but Perpignan went on to level the scores five minutes later when Tom Ecochard dotted down and Paddy Jackson improved it.
Perpignan suffered a setback when Alivereti Duguivalu was sin-binned in the 25th minute and Bordeaux made use of the numerical advantage with a try from Cameron Woki and Darly Domvo's conversion gave them a seven point lead.
A 32nd minute penalty from Jackson narrowed down the gap to four points but Bordeaux stretched the lead to 11 points at the end of the first half with a try from George Tilsley.
Bordeaux extended the momentum in the second half as well with Nicolas Plazy diving over the line early but Alivereti Duguivalu kept Perpignan in the game with a 45th minute try. Jackson kicked a conversion and a penalty as the gap came down to six points but their comeback was derailed by a yellow card to Nicolas Lemaire.
Afaesetiti Amosa's 67th minute after Lucas Meret's conversion provided a comfortable 14 point lead for Bordeaux which proved enough despite Cyril Deligny's late try as they completed a 27-34 victory.