It was an error strewn performance from the home side, their lack of ball retention and failure to get numbers in the contact area meant Perpignan won turnover ball time and time again. The Blues started well, opening the scoring with fifth minute penalty goal from the boot of Nick Macleod, but that proved to be their only score as they stuttered and misfired through the match.
Perpignan's run of 21 unanswered points began when powerful centre Jean-Phillipe Grandclaude muscled his way to the line. That try went unconverted and was the final score of the first period. The second half was all Perpignan. A hat-trick of penalties from Nicolas Laharrague on 46, 54 and 62 minutes firmly established the visitors' advantage. And when Laharrague converted David Marty's 68th minute try, the home fans knew the game was up.
The Blues must now gain a bonus point victory againt Leeds next week to have any hope of making the quarter-finals.