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Pau aiming to continue winning sequence

Thursday 21st November 2019

10:38 am (GMT)

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Pau aiming to continue winning sequence

Pau and Cardiff Blues players compete for the ball in the 2018 European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final

Pau will be looking to bounce back from their 41-20 loss at Leicester Tigers in Round 1 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup by continuing their outstanding recent home form in the competition in their first European meeting with Rugby Calvisano.

The French club have won their last seven Challenge Cup matches on home turf, whereas Rugby Calvisano have lost all 15 of their away games in the tournament so far by an average margin of 32 points.

Key facts

  • Pau, the 2000 Challenge Cup winners, have won nine of their previous 10 games against Italian opposition in the Challenge Cup.
  • Pau were one of just three clubs to register 100 per cent line-out success in Round 1, winning all 10 of their throws.
  • Calvisano’s Damiano Mazza made 17 tackles last weekend, the most by any back in Round 1 of the Challenge Cup.

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Pau get off the mark in style

Friday 22nd November 2019

9:12 pm (GMT)

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Pau get off the mark in style

Wing Bastien Pourailly, in defensive action here at Leicester, was quick off the mark in attack in Round 2 with a first-minute try

Pau bounced back in style from their European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 1 loss at Leicester last week with a nine-try home victory over Rugby Calvisano on Friday in Pool 5.

The TOP 14 team, third in their domestic competition, had won nine of their previous 10 games against Italian opponents and victory No.10 never looked in doubt as they wrapped up a try bonus point by the 38th minute on their way to a 35-3 half-time lead.

With scrum-half Clovis Lebail landing eight conversions from his nine attempts, Pau cruised to their eighth consecutive home victory in the competition.

They broke the deadlock after only a minute when wing Bastien Pourailly crossed and were 14-0 up by the 14th minute after centre Alexandre Dumoulin touched down.

Calvisano, who have never won an away game in the Challenge Cup, reduced the deficit with a 32nd minute penalty from fly-half Alberto Chiesa, but that only served to stir Pau back into action.

In the last six minutes of the half they scored three converted tries via lock Daniel Ramsay following a Pourailly break in the 35th minute, Le Bail three minutes later after another scintillating run from Pourailly and full-back Charly Malie in added time.

The try feast continued in the second half when Pau scored four more tries through prop Siegfried Fisiihoi (45), left wing Vincent Pinto (57), flanker Baptiste Pesenti (61) and replacement Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes (66).

Calvisano grabbed a consolation try 10 minutes from time via flanker Alessandro Izekor that was converted by Paolo Pescetto.

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