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Preview: Challenge Cup Pool Four

10th January 2008 12:21


Charlie Hodgson Sale

Hodgson: Settles for a place on the bench

Sale Sharks will be looking to maintain their perfect record in the European Challenge cup this week. Pool Four leaders, the Sharks have all but qualified and will host Petrarca on Friday. Then on Saturday Bayonne entertain Montpellier, and we preview all the action!

Sale v Petrarca, Friday 11 January, Edgeley Park, 19:45 GMT

Philippe Saint Andre has named a strong team for Friday's European Challenge Cup Pool 4 game against Petrarca.

"This game will give some of the squad players an opportunity to impress. We have some big games coming up and I want plenty of competition for places," said Saint Andre.

There is a mix of experience and youth in the side as Sale look to make it five bonus point wins in a row.

Ludovic Mercier lines up at fly-half for Petrarca, and he is joined at inside centre by Fijian Nicky Little.

In the pack Stuart Grimes will start at second row and will be the main focus at the line out.

Sale: 15 Mark Cueto, 14 Oriol Ripol, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Rudi Keil, 11 Julien Laharrague, 10 Richard Wigglesworth, 9 Sililo Martens, 8 Nathan Bonner-Evans, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Sean Cox, 5 Dean Schofield, 4 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, 3 Ben Evans, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Lionel Faure.

Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Eifion Roberts, 18 Chris Jones, 19 Chris Day, 20 Chris Mayor, 21 Charlie Hodgson, 22 David Tait.

Petrarca: 15 Martin Acuna, 14 Alvaro Lopez Gonzalez, 13 Silao Leaega (c), 12 Nick Little, 11 Fabio Faggiotto, 10 Ludovic Mercier, 9 Nicola Leonardi, 8 Nicola Bezzati, 7 Agustin Cavalieri, 6 Mariano Lorenzetti, 5 Stuart Grimes, 4 Chresten Davis, 3 Tino Paoletti, 2 Lorenzo Giovanchelli, 1 Michele Rizzo.

Replacements: 16 Andres Rondinelli, 17 Nicola Gatto, 18 Michele Matteralia, 19 Alberto Saccardo, 20 Manuel Dallan, 21 Lorenzo Innocenti, 22 Emmanuel Billot.

Referee: Colin Stanley (Ireland)

Touch judges: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Jude Quinn (Ireland)

Bayonne v Montpellier, Saturday 12 January, Stade Jean Dauger, 19:45 GMT

Bayonne have named former Sale man Daniel Larrechea at fly-half for their game against Montpellier, and he is partnered at half back by Julien Tilloles.

There is a powerful looking front row of Avtandil Kopaliani, Arnaud Heguy and Julian Fiorini.

For Montpellier Italian full-back David Bortolussi starts, as does Argentinian international Fédérico Todeschini.

Bayonne: 15 Jean Baptiste Peyras, 14 Sam Gerber, 13 Shaun Hegarty, 12 Vincent Inigo, 11 Benjamin Lhande, 10 Daniel Larrechea, 9 Julien Tilloles, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Jean-Jo Marmouyet, 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Nicolas Laffite, 4 Andrew Springgay, 3 Avtandil Kopaliani, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Julian Fiorini.

Replacements: 16 Pierre Philippe Lafond, 17 Aretz Iguiniz, 18 Robin Linde, 19 Jacques Deen, 20 Benoît Marfaing, 21 Henri-pierre Vermis, 22 Manny Edmonds.

Monpellier: 15 David Bortolussi, 14 Olivier Sarraméa, 13 Alessandro Stoica, 12 Régis Lespinas, 11 Frikkie Welsch, 10 Fédérico Todeschini, 9 Julien Tomas (c), 8 Sébastien Galtier, 7 Jérome Vallée, 6 Warren Britz, 5 Drickus Hancke, 4 Mickaël Bert, 3 Dannie Thiart, 2 Fabien Rofes, 1 Eugène Van Staden.

Replacements: 16 Joan Caudullo, 17 Philémon Toleafoa, 18 Michel Macurdy, 19 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 20 Sébastien Buada, 21 Francois Trinh Duc, 22 Mark McHugh.

Referee: Neil Paterson

Touch judges: David Jack, Ronnie Dumma

Television match official: Iain Heard

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