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Pau put in an excellent display to defeat 2017 Challenge Cup finalists Gloucester 27-21 last weekend, and will be looking for back-to-back victories on Saturday against Zebre. The Italian side were beaten 45-10 by Agen in Round 1, but have won three of their last four Challenge Cup matches.
· This will be the first meeting between the clubs with Pau facing Italian opposition in Europe for the first time since 2005/06.
· Pau have won nine of their 10 games against Italian opposition in Europe, including seven wins from eight in the Challenge Cup.
· Pau were the only team to finish the opening round with a 100% success rate at both the lineout and the scrum.
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Three tries in 13 minutes saw Pau complete a remarkable 38-33 comeback victory against Zebre Rugby Club to take control of Pool 3 in the Challenge Cup at the Stadio Lanfranchi on Saturday.
- French side Pau backed up their Round 1 victory over Gloucester by fighting back from 17-0 down in Italy to claim a bonus point triumph and move top of Pool 3, three points clear of Gloucester, who beat Agen earlier in Round 2.
- Hosts Zebre established a commanding 30-7 half-time lead with tries from Giovanni Licata, Tomasso Boni and Tomasso Castello as well as 15 points from the boot of Carlos Canna, with a converted Watisoni Votu try the lone reprieve for Pau.
- A 53rd minute score from New Zealand-born back-rower Peter Saili boosted Pau's spirits, before the Zebre defence collapsed under significant pressure.
- Referee Craig Maxwell-Keys awarded two penalty tries in five minutes, the first also resulting in Eduardo Bello being sent to the sin bin, before replacement fly-half Tom Taylor slotted a penalty to put Pau in front for the first time in the game in the 73rd minute.
- Lekima Tagitagivalu rounded off an impressive fightback for Pau, who have now won 10 of their last 11 games against Italian opposition in Europe.
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