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Preview: Brive v Agen

12th January 2012 14:38

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Brive s British fly half Shane Geraghty v Agen

All-French clash: Brive host Agen

Brive will be looking to cement their place as favourites to qualify for Challenge Cup quarter-finals against French rivals Agen on Friday.

The 1997 European Cup campions are in control of Pool 5 and have emerged with a 100 percent record from four starts so far in this season's competition.

But the Top 14 outfit are only three points ahead of Premiership challengers, Sale Sharks, who won the Challnge Cup back in 2002 and 2005.

Agen have nothing to play for but pride but the Sharks will be hoping they can do them a favour dent Brive's impressive bid for the knockout stages.

Rugby Union betting odds

The teams:

Brive: 15 Julien Caminati, 14 Jacques Boussuge, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Guillaume Namy, 10 Scott Spedding, 9 Augustin Figuerola, 8 Julien Le Devedec, 7 Vincent Forgues, 6 Poutasi Luafutu, 5 Retief Uys, 4 Thibault Dubarry, 3 Alexandre Barozzi, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Pablo Henn.
Replacements: 16 Iuri Natriashvili, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Pablo Cardinali, 19 Olivier Caisso, 20 Simon Azoulai, 21 Antoine Claassen, 22 Benjamin Caminati, 23 Clement Marienval.

Agen: 15 Belisario Agulla, 14 Leka Tagotago, 13 Miguel Avramovic, 12 Junior Pelesasa, 11 Romain Edmond-Samuel, 10 Valentin Courrent, 9 Sylvain Dupuy, 8 Marc Giraud, 7 Antoine Erbani, 6 Pierre Julien, 5 Pat O'Connor, 4 Jerome Mondoulet, 3 Beka Sheklashvili, 2 Semisi Telefoni, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Cabarry, 17 Gert Muller, 18 Martin Scelzo, 19 Damien Lagrange, 20 Jean Monribot, 21 Alexi Bales, 22 Mathieu Lamoulie, 23 Manu Ahotaeiloa.

Date: Friday, January 13
Venue: Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive
Kick-off: 20.00 (19.00 GMT)
Referee: Luke Pearce

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