Exeter bounce back in Europe against Bordeaux-Begles

Olly Woodburn was named man of the match

Exeter Chiefs got themselves back on track in Europe with a 34-19 European Rugby Champions Cup victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Sandy Park.

Exter were beaten at the Liberty Stadium by the Ospreys last week but they were a different side at home this week.

English Premiership side the Chiefs outscored their French opponents Bordeaux-Begles by four tries to three which also earned them the bonus points.

Olly Woodburn was named European Rugby Champions Cup man of the match.

Former Bath Woodburn wing notched his first European tries for his new club to ensure the Chiefs kept their Champions Cup campaign alive.

Having failed to pick up any points at the Liberty Stadium Rob Baxter’s men knew they need to get a full house in the first of three successive games against Top 14 opposition in Pool 2 and they did just with two tries in each half

And it was a length of the 22 sprint in each half from Woodburn, who celebrated his 24th birthday three days earlier, that set them on their way.

His first try made it 8-0 to the home side, but the first of Bordeaux’s three scores on the night – Nans Ducuing, Julien Rey and Yann Lesgourgues all crossed the home line – showed they had to be treated with respect.

The home lead gradually grew to 21-7 by the break with Scottish prop Moray Low crossing for the second try after popping out of a maul close to the visitors’ line with the ball. Three minutes into the second half Ian Whitten rounded off a good handling move before Woodburn raced clear again for the all important bonus point score just before the hour mark.

Bordeaux-Begles hit back with two tries of their own in the second half to show they couldn’t be taken lightly, but it was a tough return to the top table of European club rugby for Raphael Ibanez’ side after a 17 year gap.

Final Score Exeter Chiefs 34 (21) Bordeaux-Begles 19 (7)

Scorers

Exeter Chiefs
Tries – Woodburn (2), Low, Whitten
Pen – Slade (4)
Con – Slade
Drop –

Bordeaux-Begles
Tries – Ducuing, Rey, Lesgourgues
Pen –
Con – Beauxis, Lonca
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales),
Assistant ref: Gwyn Morris (Wales),
Assistant ref: Greg Morgan (Wales),
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales),
Citing Commissioner: Achille Reali (Italy)

Teams

Exeter Chiefs: Phil Dollman; Jack Nowell, Ian Whitten, Sam Hill, Olly Woodburn; Henry Slade, Will Chudley; Ben Moon, Jack Yeandle (c), Moray Low, Geoff Parling, Damian Welch, Ben White, Julian Salvi, Tom Johnson

Replacements: Elvis Taione, Carl Rimmer, Alex Brown, Ollie Atkins, Don Armand, Dave Lewis, Gareth Steenson, Michele Campagnaro

Bordeaux-Bègles: Nans Ducuing; Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, Sofiane Guitoune, Julien Rey, Blair Connor; Lionel Beauxis, Yann Lesgourgues; Steven Kitshoff, Ole Avei, Patrick Toetu, Julien Le Devedec, Jan Andre Marais (c), Louis Madaule, Hugh Chalmers, Loann Goujon

Replacements: Clement Maynadier, Sébastien Taofifenua, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Adam Jaulhac, Marco Tauleigne, Baptiste Serin, Romain Lonca, Charles Brousse.

With thanks to EPCRugby

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