European Challenge Cup - Pool Five
Bayonne and Mont-de-Marsan to fight for pride
January 15, 2009
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Perpignan fly-half Manny Edmonds waits for the ball against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, December 4 2004
Manny Edmonds will be looking to inspire a Bayonne victory over Mont de Marsan © Getty Images

Bayonne host fellow Top 14 side Mont de Marsan on Friday night, with both sides fighting for pride after their hopes of progressing in the European Challenge Cup slipped away.

The home side will be hoping to confirm third place in Pool Five, while Mont de Marsan are still chasing their first win in the tournament this season. Former Australia international Manny Edmonds starts at fly-half for Bayonne, who have failed to convert the form that has seen them move into fifth in the Top 14 into results in Europe.

Former Wasps hooker Trevor Leota starts up-front for the visitors alongside Guillaume Leleu and Ben Coutts, while experience flanker Jerome Carre leads the side. A win could well provide momentum for the side, who are currently one from bottom in the Top 14.

Bayonne: J Peyras; F Bolovucu, T Lacroix, V Inigo, B Fall; M Edmonds, C Garcia; J Fiorini, A Heguy, D Avril, A Springgay, N Laffite, G Bernad, J Deen, M Baget

Replacements: M Cortese, A Iguiniz, A Etchegaray, L Massabeau, M Maillard, B Lhande, M Acebes

Mont de Marsan: N Leroux; K Abbad, S Ternisien, M Taele, D Senio; F Urruty, F Tandonnet; G Leleu, T Leota, B Coutts, F Rawls, R Berek, Y Brethous, R Bernard, J Carre (capt)

Replacements: C Blanchard, S Ormaechea, P Blanco, J Mynhardt, P van Schalkwyk, A Genthieu

Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)


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