Aled Brew produced a moment of brilliance to give Newport Gwent Dragons hope of victory against Perpignan – but the RaboDirect PRO12 outfit fell just short in the Amlin Challenge Cup clash.
Wing Brew touched down just after the restart for the Dragons to put them within touching distance of a comeback as Matthew Jones’ conversion made it 15-10.
However Perpignan proved just too strong and tries from Charles Geli and Robins Tchale-Watchou either side of a second Jones penalty of the afternoon sealed 1 27-13 win.
Perpignan went in at the interval 15-3 ahead after five penalties from full-back Jerome Porical, who also converted Geli’s try in the 55th minute.
Dragons lock Rob Sidoli was shown a yellow card moments before the score while Perpignan duo Armand Battle and Tchale-Watchou followed him for spear and high tackles respectively.
The defeat was Newport’s third straight in the Amlin Challenge Cup however they were missing six key players through injury.
Lloyd Burns is the most notable with doctors advising him to take a three-month sabbatical from the game following a neck injury – ruling him out of the upcoming RBS 6 Nations.