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Top 14: Perpignan score five tries in bonus-point victory over Agen
Perpignan came on strong in the second half to claim a resounding 39-13 Top 14 win over Agen on Friday night.
The hosts made a fast start at the Stade Aime Giral with two scores inside the opening quarter of an hour after Agen had been reduced to 14 men following the sin-binning of prop Laurent Cabarry.
Agen paid the price for their numerical disadvantage at the set-piece as Perpignan were awarded a penalty try and centre David Marty quickly added a second - James Hook converting both to open a 14-0 lead.
But Agen hit back and tries from full-back Raphael Lagarde and centre Miguel Avramovic, as well as a drop-goal from Lagarde, meant they trailed by just a single point at half-time with the score at 14-13.
However, Perpignan shut out their visitors in the second period as they pulled away to a comfortable success, ending a two-game losing streak in the process.
Hook's boot and further tries from winger Farid Sid and scrum-half Florian Cazenave put the result beyond doubt in a five-minute spell.
Hooker Guilhem Guirado put a gloss on the scoreline after touching down for his side's fifth try in the 76th minute.
The bonus-point win lifts Perpignan to seventh in the Top 14 table, while Agen are just one place off the bottom following their sixth consecutive defeat.
|Friday 22nd August|
|18:45||Toulouse vs Castres|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|12:45||Brive vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:30||Bayonne vs Oyonnax|
|16:30||Bordeaux-Begles vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Montpellier vs Grenoble|
|16:30||Toulon vs La Rochelle|
|18:45||Stade Francais vs Lyon|
|Friday 29th August|
|18:45||Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier|
|Saturday 30th August|
|12:45||La Rochelle vs Toulouse|
|16:30||Castres vs Bay Of Plenty|
|16:30||Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:30||Oyonnax vs Stade Francais|
|16:30||Lyon vs Brive|
|18:45||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon|
|Friday 5th September|
|18:45||Montpellier vs Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|12:45||Brive vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Stade Francais vs Bayonne|
|16:30||Grenoble vs La Rochelle|
|16:30||Lyon vs Oyonnax|
|18:45||Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Saturday 13th September|
|16:00||Toulouse vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Brive|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Grenoble|
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