Sunday 15 September 2019

Perpignan's wretched season continues with 11th league loss

Paddy Jackson. Picture: Sportsfile
Paddy Jackson. Picture: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Perpignan's hopes of a boost ahead of their Challenge Cup clashes with Connacht never looked like materialising in the winter sunshine at Stade Aime Giral for Sunday's lunchtime kick-off against Bordeaux-Begles.

Paddy Jackson's (right) men led briefly but another sloppy and disjointed display saw them fall to their 11th defeat in a row in the Top 14 as they went down 22-11.

The loss leaves them 11 points adrift of Grenoble at the foot of the table and two more points off Agen - the bottom team gets relegated automatically and the 13th-placed side plays off against the Pro D2 runners-up.

Perpignan are odds-on to be relegated in the spring after failing to make an impact on their return to the top flight.

They will, of course, play Bordeaux-Begles again in January in the Challenge Cup with Connacht visiting Joe Worsley's side for the final round of games next month.

Bordeaux-Begles now sit in sixth place - just inside the qualification zone - after this deserved win.

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks had to settle for a 7-7 draw away to Bath in the Premiership on Sunday after a dour battle at The Rec.

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