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Friday 23rd January 19:45 GMT

 

Edinburgh welcome Bordeaux Begles to Murrayfield on Friday evening for a winner take all contest in Pool 5 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Edinburgh have a slight edge over their French rivals after five rounds of qualifying fixtures, having secured 17 points to their rivals 16 points.

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That the French club are still in with a chance of overhauling their hosts at the top of the Pool, owes everything to their try-scoring ability, having registered three try-scoring bonus points, while Edinburgh have yet to score four tries in a Pool 5 fixture this season. Both teams have recorded a single losing point. The Scots who won in Bordeaux Begles in the opening round by 15-13, will go into Thursday's contest as slight favourites, with a Challenge Cup record at Murrayfield, that has them unbeaten at the venue in this tournament since 1997.

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The French club may also be pre-occupied with their challenge for a top 6 play-off position in their domestic league, where they currently lie fifth. With Lyon playing the winless London Welsh, it is likely that the losers will miss out on a quarter-final spot, with Lyon leap frogging over them into the runners-up berth, and possibly snatching one of the three best Pool runners-up places, which would see them into the last eight.


Tags: Murrayfield, European Rugby Challenge Cup, Edinburgh, Bordeaux Begles
Posted: 23rd January 2015


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