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Perpignan lose again
Former champions lose both of their opening matches
Perpignan slummed to their second defeat in as many rounds in the Top 14 on Friday with a 26-22 loss to Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas.
The result leaves the 2009 French champions with just two losing bonus points from their opening two matches of the season after going down at home to Toulon last week.
The game was tinged with controversy from start to finish with referee Laurent Cardona brandishing four yellow cards - all to props - and awarding a penalty try to the visitors while the hosts' only try was also scored in dubious circumstances.
For Bordeaux-Begles, the win represents their first success of the season after losing narrowly to Grenoble on the opening weekend.
Perpignan, who have yet to cross the whitewash this season, will head home harbouring a number of regrets after failing to score when they held a two-man advantage early in the second half.
The scores were locked at 15-15 at the end of a first stanza characterised by indiscipline and a plethora of penalties - against both sides - at scrum time, despite Perpignan's clear dominance at the set piece.
UBB started the second period with 13 men after props Hikairo Forbes and Albert Toetu were both sent to the sin bin.
But after gallantly holding off the Catalans' best attacking efforts (which weren't anything to write home about) centre Andrew Mailei broke the deadlock with a great individual try.
Perpignann's protests that the defenders attempting to stop Mailei's midfield break were illegally held back fell on deaf ears and a couple of penalties from fly-half Camille Lopez saw the hosts build an 11-point lead.
USAP continued to press though and were back in the game thanks to a penalty try awarded when Bordeaux pulled down an advancing Catalan maul.
It proved too little, too late as Kisi Pulu's inconceivable yellow card at a scrum in the dying minutes capped a miserable night for Perpignan.
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|Saturday 27th September|
|14:00||Toulon vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Toulouse|
|16:00||Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:00||Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Stade Francais vs La Rochelle|
|16:00||Lyon vs Castres|
|Saturday 4th October|
|13:45||Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne|
|15:00||Toulouse vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Bayonne vs Montpellier|
|15:00||Castres vs Grenoble|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Lyon|
|15:00||Oyonnax vs Toulon|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Brive|
|Saturday 11th October|
|16:00||Clermont Auvergne vs La Rochelle|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Castres|
|16:00||Toulouse vs Toulon|
|16:00||Grenoble vs Brive|
|16:00||Lyon vs Bayonne|
|16:00||Montpellier vs Oyonnax|
|16:00||Stade Francais vs Racing Metro Paris|
|Saturday 1st November|
|15:00||Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne|
|15:00||Brive vs Castres|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Montpellier|
|15:00||Lyon vs Toulouse|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade Francais|
|Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax|
|Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne|
|Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 Lyon|
|La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 Toulouse|
|Friday 19th September|
|Brive 13 - 53 Toulon|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 Montpellier|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Toulon 24 - 28 Stade Francais|
|Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont Auvergne|
|Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive|
|Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble|
|Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 Lyon|
|Friday 12th September|
|La Rochelle 41 - 16 Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Toulon 18 - 13 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Stade Francais 34 - 29 Bayonne|
|Grenoble 30 - 12 La Rochelle|
|Lyon 26 - 23 Oyonnax|
|Clermont Auvergne 32 - 6 Racing Metro Paris|
|Brive 26 - 19 Toulouse|
|Friday 5th September|
|Montpellier 43 - 10 Castres|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 Toulon|
|Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais|
|Lyon 24 - 6 Brive|
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