Perpignan clinched the victory they had targeted against Calvisano, running away with the match in the seocnd half after a difficult first period.

Flanker Viliani Vaki and prop Debaty Vincent scored the second-half tries that got Perpignan out of trouble after trailing 6-5 at half-time at Centro Sportivo San Michelle.

South African outside-half Herkules Kruger had kicked two penalties to reward Calvisano for their lively start to better Christophe Manas’ early try.

But the French side flexed their muscles after the break with their two two tries while full-back Nicolas Laharrague kicked eight points though it was not enough to earn a bonus point.