Match Preview: Bordeaux Bègles

Match Preview: Bordeaux Bègles

A place in the last four of the Challenge Cup awaits as Edinburgh travel to face Bordeaux Bègles in the Quarter-Final this Saturday. Get the latest on the knockout fixture with this week's Match Preview.

HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on BT Sport 3 from 12.15pm BST, while you can also listen on BBC Radio Scotland. We'll be providing minute-by-minute updates via the club's Live Match Centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ire); Assistant Referees: Tual Trainini (Fra); Cedric Marchat (Fra)


OVERALL CHALLENGE CUP RECORD

Played four, Edinburgh won two, Bordeaux won one, one draw

STORY OF THE MATCH

This will be the third time the two sides meet this season, with Bordeaux Bègles topping Edinburgh's pool back in January.

Richard Cockerill's side failed to get the better of Bordeaux in both group stage fixtures, with the French side claiming a 16-16 draw a BT Murrayfield before proving too strong in a 32-17 win at Stade Chaban Delmas.

Edinburgh come into the fixture off the back of Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final defeat to Ulster, but will benefit from having a weekend off and an extra week to rest bodies before making the trip to France.

With the 2019-20 Top 14 season cancelled due to COVID-19, Bordeaux kicked off their 2020-21 campaign last weekend, claiming a 25-20 home win over Brive.


LAST TIME OUT

Edinburgh travelled to Bordeaux in January knowing only a win would give them the chance to top Pool 3, but came up against tough opposition on the day. The hosts eventually powered to a 32-17 win, despite tries from Mark Bennett and Duhan van der Merwe.

FORM GUIDE

Edinburgh have lost their last two Guinness PRO14 fixtures - one of those a last-minute defeat to Ulster in the Semi-Final stages - but will travel to Bordeaux with plenty of confidence having won 36-0 in their last outing against a French side - that being over Agen to secure their place in the Quarter-Finals.

Bordeaux Bègles played their first competitive fixture on Saturday since their 2019-20 season was cancelled. The French side eventually cantered to a 25-20 win over Brive at Stade Chaban Delmas.

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