Top 14 - Round 4
Perpignan too strong for Brive
September 2, 2009
Date/Time: Sep 2, 2009, 20:30 local, 18:30 GMT
Perpignan 21 - 9 Brive
Half-time: 18 - 9
Tries: Manas, Marty
Cons: Laharrague
Pens: Laharrague 3
Pens: Orquera 2
Drops: Goode
Perpignan winger Christophe Manas stretches the Brive defence, Perpignan v Brive, Top 14, Stade Aime Giral, Perpignan, France, September 2, 2009
Perpignan winger Christophe Mana stretches the Brive defence at Stade Aime Giral
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Perpignan kept pace with the Top 14 leaders with 21-9 victory over Brive at Stade Aime Giral on Wednesday night.

Centre David Marty and winger Christophe Manas both crossed for tries for the home side while fly-half Nicolas Laharrague weighed in with 11 points courtesy of three penalties and a conversion. Brive fly-half Luciano Orquera kicked two penalties either side of a drop goal from fullback Andy Goode with three yellow cards stripping Brive of any significant momentum.

A penalty from Italian international Orquera gave Brive an early lead but Perpignan responded with the first try of the game from captain Marty which was converted by Laharrague. Goode reduced the arrears on the quarter hour before Laharrague gave his side some more breathing space with his first penalty.

Orquera then brought his side to within a point of the hosts with his second penalty but Manas struck ten minutes before the break to put the home side in control once more. Lock Christian Short was the first Brive player sent to the sin-bin on the half hour and Laharrague hammered home Perpignan's advantage with another penalty.

Brive rang the changes after the break in the hope of conjuring a turnaround but they suffered a further set-back when replacement prop Petrisor Toderasc was yellow-carded midway through the half. Again Laharrague punished Brive for their indiscipline with what would prove to be the only score of the second half.

Before the final whistle there was a double sin-binning with Goode and Perpignan's Gerrie Britz forced to watch the closing stages from the sidelines.

The defending champions' third victory of the season lifted them to third place in the table just a point behind co-leaders Toulouse and Toulon.


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