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Posted Friday, April 2nd 2021

Match preview: Bordeaux-Begles (a) - Heineken Champions Cup R16

Everything you need to know ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 clash with Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Chaban-Delmas.


BORDEAUX-BEGLES LINEUP

15. Romain Buros, 14. Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 13. Pablo Uberti, 12. Rémi Lamerat, 11. Ben Lam, 10. Matthieu Jalibert, 9. Maxime Lucu; 1. Jefferson Poirot (c), 2. Clement Maynadier, 3. Vadim Cobilas, 4. Cyril Cazeaux, 5. Jandré Marais, 6. Cameron Woki, 7. Guido Petti, 8. Scott Higginbotham.

Replacements: 16. Joseph Dweba, 17. Thierry Paiva, 18. Lekso Kaulashvili, 19. Kane Douglas, 20. Alexandre Roumat, 21. Yann Lesgourgues, 22. Ulupano Seuteni, 23. Nans Ducuing.

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 clash with Bordeaux-Begles is on Sunday, April 4th, with kick-off at 3pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 3 HD and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol - and you can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on bristolbearsrugby.com and on Twitter: @BristolBears, whilst highlights will be available to watch from 10am the following day.

FORM GUIDE

Bordeaux and Bristol have never met before in the Heineken Champions Cup; however, they have clashed three times before in the Challenge Cup.

The last clash between Bordeaux and Bristol came in the Challenge Cup semi-finals last season, the Premiership side coming back from 13-7 at half-time to prevail 37-20.

Both Bordeaux and Bristol are aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time in their history.

Bordeaux have won their last three games in the Heineken Champions Cup; a fourth win would be a record for them in the competition.

Bristol have won five of their last six away games against TOP 14 opposition, all of those games coming in the Challenge Cup.

Bristol Bears top the charts for most metres (950, same as Wasps), breaks (31) and defenders beaten (48, same as Clermont) in the Heineken Champions Cup this season.

Bryan Byrne (Bristol Bears) is one of just four forwards to score multiple tries (2) in the Heineken Champions Cup this season (also Rob Herring, Georges-Henri Colombe and Alfie Barbeary).

Santiago Cordero is the top try scorer in the Heineken Champions Cup so far this season, crossing four times already, he also ranks second for defenders beaten (10) and has claimed 12/12 kicks that have come his way.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Adamson (Sco). Assistants: Thomas Charabas (Fra) & Luc Ramos (Fra). TMO: Neil Paterson (Sco). Citing commissioner: Peter Ferguson (Ire)


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