Match Report: Bordeaux-Bègles 12-20 Exeter – Chiefs overcome 14-man Bordeaux

  • Exeter Chiefs keep their Champions Cup hopes alive with 20-12 win in Bordeaux
  • Thomas Waldrom’s converted score gave the Premiership side a narrow 7-6 lead at halftime
  • Luke Cowan-Dickie’s second half score combined with Henry Slade’s boot secured the win
Exeter Chiefs became the first English side to ever win in Bordeaux as they picked up their first Champions Cup win with a 20-12 victory.

The Devon sides chances of reaching the last eight are narrowly alive but after three previous losses in Pool Five its very unlikely.

Exeter scored tries through powerhouse No.8 Thomas Waldrom and returning hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie to secure a 20-12 win in the south of France.

Bordeaux wing Nans Ducuing was sent off between the two scores for an illegal challenge on opposite number Olly Woodburn.

Henry Slade completed the visitors tally with 10 points from tee through a pair of conversions and two penalties.

Bordeaux’s only scores came from the tee, with Lionel Beauxis slotting three before Baptiste Serin added a fourth.

Eight minutes into the second half, Woodburn was taken out in the air by Ducuing as he claimed a kick and the Bordeaux winger was shown a red card.

MANOFTHEMATCH

Exeter Chiefs: Henry Slade

LINE UPS

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Geoffrey Cros, 14 Nans Ducuing, 13 Romain Lonca, 12 Joe Wakacegu, 11 Jean-Baptiste Dubié, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Julien Audy, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Joe Edwards, 6 Loann Goujon, 5 Berend Botha, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sébastien Taofifenua
Replacements: 16 Benat Auzqui, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Xerom Civil, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Louis Madaule, 21 Gauthier Doubrere, 22 Baptiste Serin, 23 Jean-Marcellin Buttin
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Will Chudley, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Kai Horstmann (c), 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Ollie Atkins, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Carl Rimmer
Replacement: 16 Shaun Malton, 17 Moray Low, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Don Armand, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Joe Simmonds, 23 Michele Campagnaro
Date: Saturday, December 17
Venue: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 14:00 local (13:00 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Richard Kerr (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
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