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Bordeaux, Racing give France 5 clubs in last 8

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Bordeaux’ centre Remi Lamerat in action during the European Rugby Champions Cup round-of-16 rugby union match on Sunday. AFP

Bordeaux, Racing give France 5 clubs in last 8

Bordeaux-Begles beat Bristol 36-17 in the European Champions Cup round-of-16 on Sunday to give France five teams in the last eight of the competition.

They will host Racing 92, who earlier ran in seven tries against Edinburgh in a 56-3 romp, in one of two all-French quarter-finals next weekend. In the other, Clermont will host Toulouse.

A fifth French team, La Rochelle, will be at home to Sale.

Defending champions Exeter, who came from 14 points behind to beat Lyon on Saturday, will meet Leinster, who were given a walkover against Toulon on Friday after a Covid-19 positive in the French club’s squad.

In Bordeaux, the English Premiership leaders started strongly when winger Henry Purdy touched down after seven minutes.

Fly-half Callum Sheedy missed the conversion. Although he kicked three penalties before half-time his counterpart, France international Matthieu Jalibert, had put the home team ahead by half-time with five penalties.

Jalibert then burrowed over the line from close range to add a try six minutes into the second half.

Purdy came close to a quick reply, but Romain Buros stripped the ball as the Bristol winger went to touch down.

Sheedy closed the gap with a penalty but Bordeaux-Begles locked up the victory in the last 10 minutes, even though lock Cyril Cazeaux was shown a yellow card in the 77th minute.

South African hooker Joseph Dweba touched down with 10 minutes left and Nans Ducuing ran back an interception for a final try with a minute left.

In Paris, after a couple of early scares, Racing, coming off two straight losses in the Top 14 and without suspended Scotland star Finn Russell, took control.

“Really proud effort from our boys today,” Racing fullback Kurtley Beale told British broadcaster BT Sport. “Great way to turn round from a disappointing loss in the Top 14 last week.”

Hooker Camille Chat crashed over under the posts for the first Racing try after 28 minutes.

Five minutes before the break, Racing carved Edinburgh open with pace, power and slick handling.

Centre Virimi Vakatawa drew a defender and flipped a backhanded pass to the surging No.8 Jordan Joseph on the wing.

He passed inside to Louis Dupichot and the centre immediately flipped the ball on to scrum-half Maxime Machenaud who trotted over for a try.

Joseph bludgeoned over after 64 minutes to start a burst of five tries in the final 16 minutes.


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