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Brive know victory over bottom side Worcester Warriors on Saturday evening would seal their qualification from Pool 3 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The Top14 side sit pretty at the top with 14 points from their three games so far this season ahead of facing the Warriors and then hosting Newport Gwent Dragons on the final weekend.
Two home encounters to end the pool stages leaves Brive in a good position and they’ll be firm favourites against their English opposition this weekend.
Worcester go into the game on a poor run of form in the Aviva Premiership. Carl Hogg’s men are now just a point ahead of bottom club Bristol and were hammered 55-19 by Gloucester last weekend.
Hogg said: “Everybody is clearly hurting and it's about building resolve and laying foundations over the next month to take us forward. We need to turn it around.
“We've got two European games and we need to build momentum and get some confidence back in the side. It's about calling on the character of the group and the fighting spirit within the group to stay strong and battle through.
“We'll put a more senior side out than we have in the past and we're looking to go over there and perform.”
Worcester are not totally out of contention for a place in the competition’s last eight – they’re on seven points, two behind the Dragons and Enisei-STM who meet at Rodney Parade.
That said, a win at the Stade Amedee-Domenech will be a tough ask for Hogg’s men with Brive boasting an impressive home record.
Nicolas Godignon’s men are eighth in the Top14 and are well clear of the threat of relegation with a place in Europe’s quarter-finals now on the cards too.
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Brive were waiting for a hero to come along in the final quarter of their tense tussle with Worcester Warriors and it wasn’t until the second minute of injury time that they found one.
It was a pretty familiar saviour, though, in the shape of replacement Gaetan Germain. Last week he kicked six penalties, the last five minutes from time, to secure a 23-22 home win over Grenoble n the TOP 14 and this time he left it even later to snatch victory.
The pack used their power to earn a penalty 40 metres out from the Worcester posts and Germain stepped up to hit the target and move his side four points clear of the Dragons, who they host in Round 6, at the top of Pool 3.
If it was ecstasy for the home players and their fans, it was agony for the Warriors contingent. They had twice taken the lead, played a full part in an exciting contest and looked set to get something more than a losing bonus point out of the game.
A try from Marco Mama after 24 minutes, improved by Conor Braid, were the only points of a tense first-half. The Warriors’ defence was superb and caused so much frustration that the crowd booed both teams off the field at the break.
Brive got the perfect start to the second half when Fabien Sanconnie powered his way over and the conversion from Benjamin Lapeyre levelled the scores. Many thought that would be the signal for the home side to march on, but instead the Warriors hit back and regained the lead.
Braid pushed a penalty kick wide of the posts, but on 56 minutes loose head prop Val Rapava Ruskin powered over for a try that was confirmed after the referee went to the TMO. Ryan Mills converted and the home side were under the cosh once again.
They used their giant pack to get back into it and after two driving line-outs they managed to get Guillaume Ribes over for a try that Germain, who had come on as a replacement five minutes earlier, converted. Now it was a question of who could find the winning score and it looked as though the game was going to end in a draw.
Then up stepped Germain to win it at the death and give his side a four point cushion at the top of the pool.
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