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Saturday 24th January 14:00 GMT

 

While the Italians of Rovigo are inevitably more competitive when they play at home, as opposed to their away results in European competition, it would be one of the shocks of the season, if they topple the Pool 1 leaders London Irish at the Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini on Saturday.

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The Exiles need to equal the Cardiff Blues result away to Grenoble to be certain of topping the Pool, and progressing to the quarter-finals, having got the better head to head record between themselves and the Welsh Region in their two Pool clashes this season. The part timers of Rovigo suffered a humiliating defeat at the Arms Park against the Blues last weekend, when they slid to a record loss for the club, going down 12-104.

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The only point that the Italians have registered this season in the European Rugby Challenge Cup came at home, when they pushed Grenoble all the way before being squeezed out 17-20. Irish will expect to extend their winning run against Italian opposition in the Challenge Cup, having won all 15 previous fixtures against opponents from that country, averaging over 45 points per game, including a 70-14 victory in Reading against Rovigo in Round 1 of this season's tournament.


Tags: London Irish, Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo, European Rugby Challenge Cup
Posted: 24th January 2015


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