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Ravai Stars For Bordeaux

The former Nadroga front rower continued his impressive perfor­mance after the Rugby World Cup and showed his strength and speed to outclass the La Rochelle defence.
24 Dec 2019 12:27
Ravai Stars For Bordeaux
Peni Ravai in action for Union Bordeaux-Begles against La Rochelle in the French Top 14 competition.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Peni Ravai scored the winning try for the Bordeaux-Begles as they La Rochelle 20-15 to move to the top of the French Top 14 table yesterday.

The former Nadroga front rower continued his impressive perfor­mance after the Rugby World Cup and showed his strength and speed to outclass the La Rochelle defence.

Bordeaux outclassed the Victor Vito-captained La-Rochelle in front of more than 38,000 crowd at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in wet, greasy conditions.

Matthieu Jalibert kicked five pen­alties for the home side, while Jules Plisson booted five of his own for La Rochelle.

The result, allied with previous leader Lyon’s 29-12 defeat by Cas­tres on Saturday, saw Bordeaux move to the league’s number one spot for the first time in the club’s history.

Bordeaux coach Christophe Urios said the win is a perfect gift for him and the team.

“You could call that a perfect after­noon,” he said

“Last year, Bordeaux handed me the worst Christmas of my life by winning at Castres (where he was coach). Now I’m going to have a very happy Christmas thanks to Bordeaux.”

Scrumhalf Maxime Lucu added to top the French Top 14 league is to­tally a different experience for the team.

“To be top of the table is always symbolic, notably midway through the season,” he said.

“But we didn’t talk about it. In­stead we wanted to remain unbeat­en at home.”

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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