Bordeaux-Begles could lose ground on Top 14 leaders Lyon after slipping to their second defeat in three matches at Brive.
Mahamadou Diaby's ninth-minute dismissal proved decisive as Christophe Urios' Bordeaux were beaten 30-9, the extra man proving telling for the hosts in the final 15 minutes.
Why are team mates bum tapping him as he goes off? This is one of the worst things I’ve seen in a while. Could have seriously hurt Laranjeira. Chuck a big ban at him. #Top14 @top14rugby pic.twitter.com/5lGK0wjBLG
— Tom May (@TomMay1) October 19, 2019
Brive's lead was only 16-9 going into the final quarter of an hour but Julien Blanc and Matthieu Voisin went over to make the points safe on Saturday.
#TOP14 | L'image de la J8— TOP 14 Rugby (@top14rugby) October 19, 2019
La vista de Bouthier, l'adresse de Serfontein et la vitesse de Ngandebe ! 🎯 🤹♂️🏎️ Le @MHR_officiel maîtrise l'art du jongle et du rebond pour un essai de funambule !🎪 pic.twitter.com/mAuEChvGQy
Lyon have a four-point lead over Bordeaux and can stretch that with a win over Clermont Auvergne on Sunday.
Bayonne could have closed the gap on the top two but instead fell to a 20-9 loss at the hands of Toulon.
Defending champions Toulouse's poor start to the season continued at Montpellier – who ran out 33-22 winners thanks to a double from Gabriel Ngandebe and 15 points from the boot of Anthony Bouthier.
Elsewhere, Pau beat Castres 37-24 while struggling Paris clubs Racing 92 and Stade Francais remain in the bottom two after defeats to La Rochelle and Agen respectively.