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Saturday 31st December 12:00 GMT


PAU have won three of their last four Top 14 Orange fixtures, doubling their overall number of victories in the tournament for the season. Those successes, which include home wins against reigning Champions Racing 92 and table leaders Clermont Auvergne, as well as a stunning success at top six club Bordeaux-Begles last weekend, have lifted Pau 11 points clear of the relegation positions, and apparent relative comfort. On Saturday, PAU face another daunting task, as they welcome second placed Montpellier to the Stade du Hameau Stadium. When the clubs played each other back in Round 4, Montpellier were easy winners by 41-13.

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PAU's home results have been somewhat indifferent through the campaign, with four wins and three defeats in the Top 14, as well as losses at the Stade du Hameau against Bath and Bristol in the Challenge Cup. Montpellier head into Round 15 in second position in the table with 41 points to their credit, leaving them five points adrift of the leaders Clermont. Like their hosts on Saturday, they have won three of their last four Top 14 fixtures. Bucking the trend for French clubs to struggle to record away wins, Montpellier have won three of their seven away games in the Top 14.

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Last seasons run away Pro D2 Champions Pau, play their first home match in the Top 14 Orange since 2006 on Saturday, when Montpellier are the visitors to the Stade du Hameau Stadium. The three times French Champions were still a big name in the domestic game as recently as the late 1990s, and even reached the Heineken Cup semi-final in 1998. However, despite frequent challenges to once more take their place at the top table of French club rugby, since their 2006 relegation, until last season, they kept coming up short. Now with the backing of Oil giants Total, they could well be back to stay.

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Their opening fixture in the new campaign, saw them travel to Paris to take on the reigning Champions, Stade Français. They couldn't have had a much tougher assignment first up, but they acquitted themselves well, and despite the final score line being in favour of the Parisians by 34-18, the try count was only 4-2 in the hosts favour. Pau's visitors this weekend, Montpellier, enjoyed an opening day romp against Oyonnax, winning 35-19, and securing a try-scoring bonus point. One of only three teams to do so in Round 1 of the tournament. A result that puts them second on the table behind Clermont, for what it is worth at this stage of the campaign.

Tags: Top 14 Orange, Pau, Stade du Hameau Stadium, Montpellier
Posted: 31st December 2016

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