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London Irish will be looking to record their third successive victory over Bayonne on Saturday, when they travel to Stade Jean-Dauger in Pool 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The English Premiership club defeated Bayonne in a 2006 quarter-final as well as in Round 2 in November.
- Bayonne have lost their last 11 Challenge Cup fixtures by an average margin of 21 points.
- London Irish have won eight of their last 11 away games against TOP 14 opposition.
- Bayonne’s Guillaume Ducat has stolen six opposition lineouts in this season’s Challenge Cup.
It was a #ChallengeCupRugby classic when @LiRFC and @avironrugbypro met earlier this season 😍@bipmeehan bagged a brace, can he guide them to another win to stay alive in #ChallengeCupRugby? ☘️ pic.twitter.com/K80u7mOknr
— Challenge Cup (@ERChallengeCup) January 7, 2020
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Bayonne stopped London Irish from making it three in a row as they notched a 27-10 win at Stade Jean-Dauger in Pool 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Irish had won their previous two Challenge Cup meetings, winning a 2006 quarter-final and Round 2’s clash in November.
But the hosts came out on top, dominating from the off.
Crépuscule sur Jean Dauger pic.twitter.com/Rz7MsgbJgS
— Tom Jems (@TomJems64) January 11, 2020
Manuel Ordas scored in the very first minute, with Sean Robinson and Jean Monribot adding two more in the first half.
Two Ordas conversions, a Brandon Fajardo penalty and a late try from Remy Baget stretched their advantage.
Irish could only summon a 31st-minute try from Belgium Tuatagaloa and a Matt Williams effort after the break in response.
📸 | GAME DAY: Shirts are up 👊 #BAYvLIR pic.twitter.com/gVUrtIbOC9
— London Irish (@LiRFC) January 11, 2020
Bayonne remain at the foot of Pool 2 having lost their eleven previous Challenge Cup matches – but they are now level on points with Irish.
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