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Two French sides looking for their first Challenge Cup win of the season will clash on Saturday as Bordeaux-Begles host Perpignan at Stade Chaban-Delmas. The match gets underway at 18:00 BST.
- Bordeaux-Begles and Perpignan have never met before in Europe and Perpignan will be the eighth French club that Bordeaux have met in the Challenge Cup.
- Bordeaux have failed to win each of their opening home games of a Challenge Cup campaign since 2002/03, losing their last five such matches.
- Perpignan have lost all five of their previous five away games against TOP 14 teams in the Challenge Cup.
- No one won more turnovers (3) than Thierry Paiva of Bordeaux in Round 1 (also Benetton’s Robert Barbieri and Clermont’s Etienne Falgoux).
- Jonathan Bousquet landed all five of his kicks at goal for Perpignan in Round 1, no player attempted as many without missing at least once.
— Challenge Cup (@ERChallengeCup) October 16, 2018
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Bordeaux-Bègles fought back from nine and five-point deficits in the second half to earn a dramatic draw with Perpignan in Pool 3 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The visitors looked to be easing to victory when fly-half Paddy Jackson landed two penalties after the break to give his side a nine-point buffer but Bordeaux had other ideas.
First replacement Adrien Pelissie went over for a try converted by Lucas Meret and he then landed a penalty to make it 20-19.
Two Romauld Seguy penalties edged Perpignan back ahead at 25-20 but with just seven minutes remaining the persistent Bègles crossed for a try through replacement Jules Gimbert to level matters and that is the way it stayed.
— Challenge Cup France (@ChallengeCup_FR) October 20, 2018
Perpignan had slightly the better of the opening half and deservedly led 13-10 at the break.
Kiwi forward Shahn Eru was their hero with a try after just eight minutes to set them on their way and he added a second three minutes before the break. Paddy Jackson also landed a penalty for the visitors.
Earlier the home side had recovered from a shaky start to go 10-5 up with a 22ndminute try from prop Jefferson Poirot converted by fly-half Baptiste Serin who was also on target with a penalty.