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La Rochelle win at Bordeaux for the second successive Saturday

By PA
(Photo by Thibaud Moritz/AFP via Getty Images)

La Rochelle made it two away wins over Bordeaux in the space of a week as they followed up last Saturday’s Top 14 16-15 victory with an even more generous 31-13 Heineken Champions Cup first leg win this Saturday. 

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Five tries lit up a lively last-16 first leg at Stade Chaban-Delmas that saw La Rochelle pull away in the third quarter. Raymond Rhule and Jonathan Danty touched down for the visitors, who were also awarded a penalty try, while Ihaia West slotted four penalties.

Cameron Woki and Federico Mori crossed for Bordeaux, who sit a place higher than La Rochelle in the French league.

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La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara was not present on the sidelines for the victory as he is serving a two-week suspension for “indiscipline, in particular for challenging the decisions of match officials” incurred against Racing 92 a fortnight ago.

The result puts La Rochelle in a strong position to qualify for the quarter-finals, with the second leg to be played at the Stade Marcel Deflandre next Saturday.

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