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Perpignan stay in the hunt

11th March 2011 22:54

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On the charge: Rudolph Coetzee

Perpignan remain in contention for the Top 14 play-offs after beating Bayonne 25-19 at the Stade Aime Giral on Friday.

The Catalans were in control at half-time thanks to a try from centre Rudi Coetzee and three penalties from full-back Jerome Porical after Bayonne fly-half Benjamin Boyet gave opened the scoring for an early lead.

Two yellow cards either side of half-time didn't help Bayonne's cause following the sending off of flanker Abdellatif Boutaty before the break, who was joined by replacement Remy Martin.

There was also a sin-binning for Perpignan flanker Gregory le Corvec.

However, the visitors kept in touch with Perpignan with another Boyet penalty as well as a try to winger Sam Gerber which reduced the deficit even further.

Perpignan replacement Kisi Pulu struck back with a try in the 60th minute, but Gerber was over again to take Bayonne to within three points fo their hosts.

Though it wasn't to be after two Nicolas Laharrague penalties extended Perpignan's lead. Bayonne had the last laugh with a Julien Audy late kick ensuring they earned a vital losing bonus point.

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