Twenty six points from the boot of France pivot Frederic Michalak helped the visitors romp home, securing a bonus point thanks to a second-half Rudi Wulf double, and overtaking Montpellier at the top of the Top 14.
The Heineken Cup champions didn’t have it all their own way, however, with relegation-threatened Perpignan giving as good as they got in front of some 25,000 supporters. Michalak and Wales international James Hook traded penalties early on, before USAP full-back Joffrey Michel crossed for the game’s opening try.
Toulon hit back with another Michalak three-pointer, then Virgile Bruni powered his way over to regain the visitors’ lead. That was short-lived, however, with Guilhelm Guirado dotting down just before half-time, his try converted by the Lion. But the advantage was with Toulon again at the break, with Europe’s form player — Steffon Armitage — scoring a converted try to send Perpignan into the dressing rooms trailing 26-18.
It was one-way traffic in the second period, with Michalak adding two more penalties and converting Wulf’s double to secure victory for the visitors after Wandie Mjekevu had given Perpignan slim hopes of a comeback.