La Rochelle v Connacht Live

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Saturday 24th January 17:30 GMT

 

Connacht know that they need to win their final Pool 2 fixture at the Stade Marcel Deflandre against La Rochelle if they are to retain a hope of making it through to the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final. However, if ever there was a good time to travel to a French club's home ground it such circumstances, now would be as good a time as ever.

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La Rochelle are at the foot of the Top 14 table, and facing a rapid return to the second tier of French domestic rugby, so there will inevitably be a major distraction created by forthcoming important domestic matches, while they are also on their worst ever run in the Challenge Cup.

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The French outfit have lost their last three matches in Pool 2, and are rooted at the foot of the table. Fellow Top 14 competitors Bayonne beat them 14-0, and the Exeter Chiefs completed the double by 41-17 and 36-10. When the teams met in Galway in Round 1, Connacht completed a try-scoring bonus point victory by 48-12, since when they have completed a notable double against Bayonne, but two defeats, including a 33-24 reversal in Galway last weekend, leaving them needing victory on Saturday to have a chance of a best runner-up spot, and a place in the last eight.


Tags: Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle, European Rugby Challenge Cup, Connacht
Posted: 24th January 2015


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