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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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Top 14 Table
|Saturday 29th November|
|14:45||Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne|
|18:30||Castres vs Racing Metro Paris|
|18:30||La Rochelle vs Bayonne|
|18:30||Lyon vs Montpellier|
|18:30||Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|19:45||Toulouse vs Grenoble|
|Sunday 30th November|
|11:00||Stade Francais vs Brive|
|Friday 19th December|
|15:00||Bayonne vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Saturday 20th December|
|15:00||Brive vs Oyonnax|
|15:00||Grenoble vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs La Rochelle|
|15:00||Toulon vs Lyon|
|15:00||Montpellier vs Toulouse|
|19:45||Clermont Auvergne vs Castres|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:05||Toulouse vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:00||Stade Francais vs Toulon|
|16:00||Castres vs Montpellier|
|16:00||La Rochelle vs Grenoble|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Brive|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Bayonne|
|18:00||Lyon vs Clermont Auvergne|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Castres vs La Rochelle|
|15:00||Lyon vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 21 Toulouse|
|Clermont Auvergne 51 - 9 Stade Francais|
|Grenoble 34 - 30 Lyon|
|Oyonnax 37 - 9 La Rochelle|
|Castres 22 - 14 Toulon|
|Racing Metro Paris 27 - 10 Bayonne|
|Friday 7th November|
|Montpellier 10 - 25 Brive|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|Toulon 61 - 28 Grenoble|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Bayonne 24 - 13 Clermont Auvergne|
|Brive 21 - 15 Castres|
|La Rochelle 21 - 15 Montpellier|
|Stade Francais 39 - 22 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Racing Metro Paris 17 - 21 Oyonnax|
|Lyon 17 - 41 Toulouse|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Toulouse 21 - 10 Toulon|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Stade Francais 23 - 19 Racing Metro Paris|
|Clermont Auvergne 30 - 10 La Rochelle|
|Lyon 24 - 19 Bayonne|
|Montpellier 25 - 9 Oyonnax|
|Bordeaux-Begles 59 - 7 Castres|
|Friday 10th October|
|Grenoble 26 - 25 Brive|
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