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Former Ireland centre Stuart Olding left his new side Brive with 14 men just 12 minutes into the match after he was sent off for a poorly timed tackle against Soyaux Angoulême.

Olding was shown a straight red card with no deliberation from the TMO for the challenge on his opposite Guillaume Laforgue.

Olding lifted Laforgue above horizontal and he appeared to land on his head.

The incident was one of many to take place in the match, with Olding’s Brive also losing Fijian winger Sevanaia Galala to a red card in the 77th minute, while Soyaux Angoulême lost hooker Mehdi Boundjema to a red card and lock Pierre Maurens to a yellow at different stages of the contest.

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Brive eventually won the clash 31-18 despite finishing with 13 men, scoring three tries and kicking for penalties through fullback Thomas Laranjeira.

The win places Brive, who were relegated from the Top 14 last season, into second on the Pro D2 table. The loss saw Angoulême slip to seventh.

The three players shown red cards are all likely faced with suspension.

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