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Two clubs in the lower half of the French Top 14 Orange table, Stade Francais and Bordeaux Begles, face each other in Round 19 of the tournament at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris on Sunday. Both sides will need to put together a run of results, the likes of which they haven't managed yet this season, if they are to make a serious challenge to progress through to the post-season play-offs. Stade have lost four of the last five Top 14 games that they have played, the only victory coming against Brive in Paris on New Year's Eve, when they squeezed home by 12-10. When they travelled to Bordeaux in early November, they were easily beaten by 19-37.
The Parisians are currently in 11th position with 34 points, which leaves them 12 points behind PAU who currently occupy the sixth and final play-off position. Bordeaux Begles have lost five of their last six Top 14 outings, and drew the other. The last time they tasted victory was on the 19th November, when they pulled off a stunning 26-0 victory against La Rochelle. Fortunately for them, Bordeaux had accumulated enough points in the early part of the season to avoid becoming dragged into a relegation fight, and ahead of Round 19 they are in ninth position in the table, five points ahead of Sunday's visitors.
Posted: 5th December 2015
The reigning French Top 14 Orange Champions, Stade Francais, appear to have finally turned the corner in this seasons tournament, and are starting a steady climb up the table, as they seek to defend the title that they had to work so hard to claim last season. Successive victories against table topping Clermont Auvergne, and then in the Alps against Grenoble, who are traditionally so difficult to beat in their own stadium, has seen Stade climb to to tenth in the table, with a seven point buffer against the relegation zone. The Champions are however, still nine points adrift of Montpellier who are currently in sixth position, the final play-off spot.
On Saturday, Bordeaux-Begles visit the Stade Jean Bouin. Arriving with a seven point lead over their hosts, and sitting in seventh position. Bordeaux Begles performances this season have been in distinct contrast to last season, when they produced a number of thrilling attacking displays. In nine Top 14 fixtures this season, they have managed to score only 13 tries, one of the worst totals in the entire tournament. However, on the other hand, their defence has only given up 14 tries, a total only bettered by Brive, who have conceded only 11. Bordeaux have played four away matches in this season's tournament, winning at newly promoted Agen and drawing at Clermont, while losing the other two road trips.
Posted: 26th April 2015
If only Bordeaux Begles could reproduce their Top 14 home form, when they take to the road, they would be well clear at the head of the ladder, and also nailed on favourites to take this season's title. However, sport is all about ifs, buts and maybes, and Bordeaux travel to Paris on Saturday to take on Stade Français at the Stade Jean Bouin, lying in third position, but with just one win to their name when on the road. Their fifth placed hosts meanwhile, have an unblemished home record in this season's Top 14 Orange tournament, with four wins from four matches played. Bordeaux's last two fixtures in the Top 14, before the two week break for European competition, saw them post over 50 points against table toppers Clermont and also against finalists for the past two years, Castres. Both of those games were however, played on home soil.
The European Challenge Cup, in which Saturday's protagonists are competing, has brought mixed results to the two clubs over the past fortnight. Bordeaux were surprisingly upset at home by Edinburgh, before they travelled to England, and produced some sublime rugby to demolish London welsh with another 50 point haul. Stade Francais similarly fell to an unexpected home defeat to the Newport Gwent Dragons, before redeeming themselves slightly, by winning a game played in appalling wintery conditions in Bucharest against the Wolves, all be it by just 13-9.
Posted: 16th February 2013
Saturday, February 16th, Stade Francais and Bordeaux Begles play in Paris in the French Top 14 Orange at 18:30 local time and 17:30 GMT. Stade Francais comes in at the number nine spot at the moment on the standings. They have played seventeen games so far, and have been able to leave with a total of eight won. They also have eight losses, because they have earned a draw this season. That gives them a total of 37 points right now, and ties them with the team in number ten, who also has 8 wins and 37 points.
As for the Bordeaux Begles, they are in 12th place right now, with four wins and 24 points. Below them on the table is Agen who also has 4 wins and 23 points and then Mont-de-Marsan comes in 14th with 14 points.
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