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Tigers stay top despite defeat

Perpignan brushed aside their dismal domestic form to edge out Leicester 24-19 in Pool 5 of the Heineken Cup.

The French giants had not won since October in the Top 14 but tries from Adrien Plante and 19-point Jerome Porical set them on their way to a morale-boosting victory in the south of France.

Geordan Murphy's late score helped Leicester - who became the third team to make their 100th appearance in the competition - to collect a valuable losing bonus point which enabled them to hold a slender one-point advantage over the Catalans at the top of the pool.

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