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Heineken Champions Cup QF Preview – It is all French teams in Sundays quarter finals

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Two more games in the Champions Cup Quarter Finals this Sunday and it is a French affair in both of them.

Quarter Final 3 will be Bordeaux-Begles hosting Racing 92

This is set for a classic French derby on Sunday when Bordeaux-Bègles welcome Racing 92.

Racing had one of the easier games in the last sixteen running away with Edinburgh last week to beat them 56-3. Bordeaux had to work a bit harder for their win against Bristol but was worthy winners at the end.

The host do not have a great record against their fellow country men in Champions Cup loosing five out of the six matches they have played.

Racing have a bit more experience in winning at this level as the have won seven out of their lats 10 away matches in the competition.

In all respect Racing do go in as favourites although they are playing away from home. They are one of the form teams in the competition having scored more points and tries than any other team in the competition this season.

This will be the first time these two teams meet in the championship.

If you want some great entertaining rugby on a Sunday, then don’t miss this one live on SuperSport at 13:25

Teams:

Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Maxime Lucu, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Guido Petti, 6 Cameron Woki, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot (captain).

Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Lekso Kaulashvili, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Thomas Jolmes, 20 Alexandre Roumat, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Ulupano Seuteni, 23 Nans Ducuing.

Racing 92: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Olivier Klemenczak, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Antoine Gibert, 9 Maxime Machenaud (captain), 8 Jordan Joseph, 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 4 Boris Palu, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.

Replacements: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Guram Gogichashvili, 18 Georges Henri Colombe, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Ibrahim Diallo, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Donovan Taofifenua.

The last quarter final this weekend see two more French sides in Clermont hosting Toulouse.

The same two teams met in the quarter final stages of the 1999/00 season which Toulouse taking the win on the day.

Clermont was lucky to get past Wasp last week with a clear forward pass missed by officials in the winning try after the hooter sounded.

Toulouse was their dominated self against Munster beating the top Irish side 40-33.

Also counting in Toulouse favour is that Clermont has lost their last two home games in the Championship.

Beside from Toulouse brilliant attack they have the best tackle rate of any side in the competition

They also have some star players who have been the best in beating defenders which create some of the best tries in the competition.

This is the perfect way to end the weekends quarter finals and surely one you need to make sure you sit in front of your television.

The game will be live on SuperSport at 15:55

Teams:

ASM Clermont Auvergne: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 George Moala, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez (captain), 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Fischer, 6 Judicaël Cancoriet, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Peceli Yato, 3 Cristian Ojovan, 2 Adrien Pélissié, 1 Peni Ravai.

Replacements: 16 Etienne Fourcade, 17 Daniel Bibi Biziwu, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Thibaud Lanen, 21 Arthur Iturria, 22 Sébastien Bézy, 23 Tim Nanai-Williams.

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Zack Holmes, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matthis Lebel, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Francois Cros, 6 Selevasio Tolofua, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Julien Marchand (captain), 1 Cyril Baille.

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Clément Castets, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Thibaud Flament, 21 Alban Placines, 22 Baptiste Germain, 23 Yoann Huget.

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