Monday 24 September 2018

Brive travails continue with Pau loss

Two weeks out from the visit of Connacht to Stade Amédée-Domenech, Brive will aim for a third win in their last five games against Bordeaux, who have yet to lose at home this season. Stock photo: Getty
Two weeks out from the visit of Connacht to Stade Amédée-Domenech, Brive will aim for a third win in their last five games against Bordeaux, who have yet to lose at home this season. Stock photo: Getty

Declan Rooney

Two weeks out from the visit of Connacht to Stade Amédée-Domenech, Brive will aim for a third win in their last five games against Bordeaux, who have yet to lose at home this season.

Last weekend there was a full round of Top 14 games and Brive continued their poor away form with a 34-15 loss at Pau.

Indiscipline cost them dearly as they conceded two tries during the sin-binning of Felix Le Bourhis in the second quarter.

A try from Benito Masilevu eight minutes from time put some respectability on Brive's tally, but there was no way back for the team who sit second last in the standings with just two wins from ten games.

The only other team below them is Connacht's other French pool rivals, Oyonnax, who have yet to win away from home and have lost three straight home games. Their latest defeat came at Stade Francais, although they pushed the Parisiens hard, going down 39-35.

An early try from Dug Codjo had Oyonnax off to a great start, but the deficit only closed late on through tries from Viliami Maafu, Ben Botica and Patrick Sobela. They will be tested against Clermont tomorrow.

There was much relief in Sixways as Worcester claimed their first league win of the season. Warriors' hero was Bryce Heem who scored a hat-trick of tries in a 30-15 win over Northampton. They face in-form Leicester Tigers at Welford Road this weekend.

Irish Independent

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