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Union Bordeaux-Bègles are set to meet TOP 14 rivals Stade Rochelais for the first time in European competition when they go head-to-head at Stade Chaban-Delmas in the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 first leg on Saturday.
Bordeaux, who finished sixth in Pool B, have lost six of their eight games against TOP 14 opposition in Europe, while La Rochelle, third in Pool A, were on the losing side in their only such match.
The game kicks off at 13:00 UK and Irish time and will be available to watch live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
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Other key facts:
- Bordeaux won their two previous knock-out games at home in the Heineken Champions Cup, both in last season’s competition – a 36-17 win against Bristol Bears in the Round of 16, before they dispatched Racing 92 24-21 in the quarter-finals.
- Bordeaux have won 60% of their home games in the Heineken Champions Cup (W9, D1, L5). However, three of their five defeats have come against French opposition (ASM Clermont Auvergne twice and Stade Français Paris once).
- La Rochelle have won three of their previous five matches in the knock-out stage of the Heineken Champions Cup. However, they failed to win their only tie against French opposition (17-22 v Stade Toulousain in the 2020/2021 final).
- La Rochelle have won their three most recent Heineken Champions Cup away matches, after winning just one of their previous six. Their last away game saw them score 38 points against Glasgow Warriors, the most they have ever scored away from home in the competition.
- Bordeaux rank third in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup for both carries (126) and meters (901) per game, while only two teams have averaged more offloads than them (13, behind Bristol and Leinster Rugby).
- La Rochelle have the lowest scrum success rate in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, retaining possession on just 77% of their own scrums. Bordeaux, on the other hand, are one of six clubs to boast a 100% success rate on their own scrums this campaign.
- Bastien Vergnes Taillefer (Bordeaux) has stolen three lineouts in the Heineken Champions Cup this season. Only Munster Rugby’s Peter O’Mahony (6) has stolen more.
- La Rochelle’s Jonathan Danty is one of just two backs to win more than two jackal turnovers in the Heineken Champions Cup this season (3), alongside Leicester Tigers’ Matt Scott (4).
- No player has successfully completed more offloads in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup than La Rochelle’s Gregory Alldritt (7). Alldritt also ranks joint-fourth for carries made this season (45).
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Stade Rochelais beat Union Bordeaux-Bègles 31-13 in the first leg of their Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 clash on Saturday as the two TOP 14 sides met in European competition for the first time ever at Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Raymond Rhule and Jonathan Danty dotted down for La Rochelle, with the visitors then handed an extra seven points when they were awarded a penalty try by referee Matthew Carley.
Bordeaux’s tries came through Cameron Woki and Federico Mori, with Maxime Lucu kicking a first half penalty for the hosts.
The result means that Christophe Urios’ side now have it all to do as they head to next Saturday’s second leg at Stade Marcel-Deflandre looking to overcome an 18-point deficit.
Ihaia West broke the deadlock at Stade Chaban-Delmas with a tenth-minute penalty for La Rochelle, but they were quickly pegged back by Bordeaux as Lucu responded with a penalty of his own just two minutes later.
Rhule then scored La Rochelle’s first try of the afternoon as he sprinted past Bordeaux’s Louis Picamoles for his third Heineken Champions Cup try of the season.
West then gave the visitors a 10-point lead going into the interval as he kicked another penalty for Ronan O’Gara’s men just before half time.
In the second half, West added another penalty for the visitors, before Woki dotted down for Bordeaux’s first try of the game to give Urios’ side a lifeline.
However, Woki’s fellow France international Danty restored La Rochelle’s 13-point lead shortly after when he was found on the right flank by a fantastic Jérémy Sinzelle pass to crash over.
La Rochelle were then awarded a penalty try by referee Carley after Bordeaux’s Clement Maynadier was judged to have stopped a score in an offside position to hand Ronan O’Gara’s side an extra seven points.
Despite being down to 14 men following Maynadier’s sin bin, Bordeaux managed to add another try through Mori after he was released by Woki on the right flank.
Jean-Baptiste Dubié thought he had added another score late on for Bordeaux before his try was ruled out by the TMO for offside, as La Rochelle ran out 31-13 winners.