Zebre v Brive Live

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Saturday 17th January 15:00 GMT

 

Zebre will be looking for only their second ever European victory on Saturday, when they host French club Brive at the Stadio XXV Aprile, in a Pool 5 Challenge Cup match. When the teams met in Brive in Round 2 of this season's tournament, the Italians who are just their third season of existence, recorded their first and so far only European success, overcoming the Frenchmen by 26-21.   

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Neither side retains any hope of making it through to the quarter finals, as that win for Zebre over Saturday's opponents, is the only win that the teams have managed between them in Pool 5, where Gloucester have been the dominant force from the outset. Brive will be more concerned with their Top 14 future, where they are just outside the relegation zone, lying in 12th position at present, rather than the outcome of a "dead rubber" in the Challenge Cup.

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The 1996 European Champions have only ever once previously ended a European campaign without a victory in 15 previous seasons. But are now on a run of 5 successive defeats in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, and have managed just two wins in their last seven fixtures in all competitions. Their most recent match, last week away to Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14, ended in a 20-44 drubbing.


Tags: Stadio XXV Aprile, Brive, Zebre, European Rugby Challenge Cup
Posted: 17th January 2015


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