Byrnes' heroics in vain for Leinster
Perpignan 42 Leinster 32
The Byrne twins scored a try apiece and fellow Carlow native Tom Daly also got on the scoresheet but a youthful Leinster side fell to a late surge from Perpignan last night.
It took prop Ed Byrne less than three minutes to mark his first match as captain with a try, appropriately set up for the score by his twin brother Bryan.
Cathal Marsh converted for the ideal start on a hard and bare pitch, but Perpignan, skippered by former Munster centre Lifeimi Mafi, hit back with a converted try from out-half Jacques Potgieter.
Centre Daly then touched down after 24 minutes.
Leinster trailed 19-17 at the break and after an exchange of penalties after the restart, Leo Cullen’s men hit the front when hooker Bryan Byrne pounced to score in the right corner after 53 minutes.
Perpignan kept hitting back and the sides were tied going into the final quarter before Marsh raced through for a try which he converted to put his side 32-25 ahead.
However, the more experienced Perpignan side, who open their ProD2 campaign next week, finished strongly and tries from Christophe Andre and Sadek Degmache sealed the victory.