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Pau looking to maintain excellent Challenge Cup record

Thursday 13th December 2018

12:36 pm (GMT)

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Worcester Warriors' versatile forward Matti Williams

Pau will be aiming to make it nine Pool Stage wins from their last 10 matches on Saturday when they travel to face Worcester Warriors.

  • This will be just the second time Worcester and Pau have met following the TOP 14 side’s 21-6 victory last weekend.
  • Worcester are unbeaten in six home games (W5, D1), and only once have they enjoyed a longer run at Sixways winning nine on the spin between November 2007 and April 2009.
  • Pau have won eight of their last nine pool games, the one blemish in this run a 0-27 defeat to Ospreys in Round 1 this season.
  • Pau have won their last three games against Gallagher Premiership opposition, including an away fixture against Gloucester last season. They had lost 10 consecutive such matches prior to this run.
  • Worcester hosted two TOP 14 sides in the Challenge Cup last season, winning both games with a bonus point whilst the visitors went away empty-handed on each occasion.
  • Pau’s total of 42 points this season is the lowest of any team in the competition, despite having enjoyed more possession (20 minutes 16 seconds average per game) than any other side.
  • Pau’s Lucas Rey has made 17/17 lineout throws so far, the most of any hooker yet to miss the target.
  • Worcester’s Andrew Kitchener has made more tackles than any other player yet to miss one (43).
  • Matt Williams (Worcester) is one of just two players to make 50 tackles to date this season (50/56, also Mikheil Gachechiladze of Ensei-STM 60/62).

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Excellent first half helped Worcester to home win

Saturday 15th December 2018

6:23 pm (GMT)

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Excellent first half helped Worcester to home win

Josh Adams of Worcester Warriors scores a try during the Challenge Cup match between Worcester Warriors and Pau.

Worcester Warriors boosted their chances of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Challenge Cup courtesy of a dominant first half display at the Sixways Stadium.

They scored all but three of their points in the opening 40 minutes to give the French visitors too much to do after the break in difficult conditions.

Things had begun brightly for Pau who were on the board after just seven minutes when flanker Ben Mowen crossed and Colin Slade converted.

Winger Josh Adams got Warriors straight back in it from the restart when he sprinted clear for their opening try with fly-half Duncan Weir converting.

Flanker Afafoti Faosilivia then smashed his way over and Weir converted before adding two penalties to give the home side a 13-point buffer at the interval.

Weir was on target with another penalty shortly after the restart and there was no way back for the visitors as play became scrappy in the strong wind and numbing cold.

Worcester visit Ospreys on January 12 while Paul make the journey to Stade Francais a day earlier.

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