Match Centre: Champions Cup: Bordeaux Begles 36-17 Bristol

Damian Penaud was one of the try scorer for Bordeaux
Damian Penaud was one of the try scorer for Bordeaux
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Bordeaux Begles 36-17 Bristol, Pool 1, Stade Chaban-Delmas

Bordeaux Begles maintained their winning start in the ongoing Investec Champions Cup as they defeated Bristol Bears 36-17 in the second round at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Saturday.

This is second win for the Bordeaux in as many games as they top Pool 1 while Bristol are at fourth place after suffering their first defeat in the competition.

Maxime Lucu started the proceedings with an early first minute penalty goal before Damian Penaud sped past Bristol defence to feed the scrum-half for his first try. Lucu also added the conversion as the home side raced to a 10-0 lead before Sam Worsley starting ahead of Callum Sheedy kicked a penalty goal for the visitors.

The French club dominated the remainder of the first half as Penaud once again showed his brilliance as his long floating pass allowed Louis Bielle-Biarrey to touchdown and the French international got a try of his own around the half hour mark as he went past three Bristol defenders.

Lucu missed the first conversion but made amends with the second as Bordeaux headed into the break with a 22-3 lead.

The bonus point for Bordeaux came in the 55th minute as Ben Tapuai stepped side to dot down and Lucu added another extras to take them to a 29-3 lead before James Dun and Théo Nanette traded tries making it 36-10.

With seven minutes left in the game, Oscar Lennon scored for Bristol but Bordeaux went on to register a comfortable win despite Yoram Moefana's sin-bin in the final minute.

Team line up:

Bordeaux Begles: Buros; Penaud, Moefana, Tapuai, Bielle-Biarrey; Jalibert, Lucu; Poirot (capt), Lamothe, Sadie, Petti, Jolmes, Vergnes, Diaby, Samu.

Reserves: Maynadier, Boniface, Falatea, Douglas, Gazzotti, Miquel, Nanette, Uberti.

Bristol: Lane; Heward, O'Conor, Williams, Ravouvou; Worsley, Wolstenholme; Lahiff, Oghre, Kloska, Holmes, Caulfield, Owen, Heenan (capt), Bradbury.

Reserves: Capon, Grahamslaw, Longwell, Dun, Pearce, Lennon, Jenkins, Bates.


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