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Thursday 23rd October 18:45 GMT


It is very rare for a side to qualify from the Pool stage of European competition having lost two matches, unless they can squeeze through as a best runner up. London Welsh face Bordeaux Begles in Round 2 of Pool 4 of the Challenge Cup at the Kassam Stadium on Thursday evening, with both sides having lost their opening fixture, and knowing that a further defeat will leave them facing a scramble for survival in the tournament.

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The high flying French club suffered a shock reverse at the Stade André Moga in Round 1, when they fell to a late penalty against Scottish side Edinburgh. London Welsh meanwhile were beaten in France by a Lyon side who had a 100% winning record on their own ground in the Top 14 tournament. The Exiles are still waiting for their first win of the season, having been on the receiving end of a series of thumping defeats on their return to the Aviva Premiership. They might fancy their chances of breaking their duck at the Kassam on Thursday, as they face a team that has one only once on the road in the Top 14 this season.

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Having lost to Edinburgh, Bordeaux as is often the case with French club sides in European competition, decide that with their chances of progression now slim, they will put the Top 14 ahead of the Challenge Cup in their list of priorities, and travel to Oxford with a less than full strength side.

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Posted: 23rd October 2014

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