Preview: Challenge Cup Pool Five

17th Oct 2008, 14:13

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Saracens will fancy confirming their stranglehold on Pool Five of the Challenge Cup this weekend, as they take on Viadana.

Saracens will fancy confirming their stranglehold on Pool Five of the Challenge Cup this weekend, as they take on Viadana.

In the Pool's other game Mont-de-Marsan, the side Saracens drubbed last week, play host to fellow French side Bayonne.

Mont-de-Marsan v Bayonne

Despite holding home advantage it could be another long day in the office for Mont-de-Marsan this weekend, especially given the nature of Bayonne's side.

French international Rémy Martin returns to captain a side that already features the likes of Rodney Blake and Manny Edmonds.

Mont-de-Marsan: 15 Nicolas Leroux, 14 Karim Abbad, 13 Simon Ternisien, 12 Murphy Taele, 11 Baptiste Chedal-Bornu, 10 Frederic Urruty, 9 Francois Tandonnet (c), 8 Marc Giraud, 7 Philip van Schalkwyk, 6 Roland Bernard, 5 Frédéric Rawls, 4 Luke Tait, 3 Sebastien Ormaechea, 2 Romain Lauga, 1 Nicolas Etcheverry.
Replacements: 16 Cyriel Blanchard, 17 Ben Coutts, 18 Guillaume Leleu, 19 Laurent Travini, 20 Jerome Carre, 21 Yann Brethous, 22 Jean Baptiste Dubié.

Bayonne: 15 Pepito Elhorga, 14 Jean Baptiste Peyras, 13 Thibault Lacroix, 12 Craig Gower, 11 Filimone Bolavucu, 10 Manny Edmonds, 9 Cedric Garcia, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Rémy Martin (c), 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Mikaera Tewhata, 4 Robin Linde, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Julian Fiorini.
Replacements: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Denis Avril, 18 Nicolas Laffite, 19 Jacques Deen, 20 Mickael Lopez-Herrero, 21 Mathieu Maillard, 22 Benjamin Fall.

Date: Friday 17 October, 2008
Kick-off: 19:00 BST (18:00 GMT)
Venue: Guy Boniface
Referee: Rob Debney (England)

Viadana v Saracens

Minor tweaks to both teams after last week's wins. Italy international wing Kaine Robertson is back for Viadana, and Charlie Hore replaces Lloyd Johansson at fly-half, depriving Johansson the chance of playing opposite former mentor Eddie Jones. At tighthead, there's a return for Ignacio Rouyet from the bench.

Johansson joins a much-changed bench, which includes Phil Murphy, previously of Perpignan.

Promising Saracens winger Noah Cato drops to the bench with Rodd Penney replacing him, otherwise the Saracens starting XV is left as it was last week against Mont-de-Marsan.

Viadana: 15 Steven Bortolussi, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Garry Law, 12 Sam Cox, 11 Isy Coalala, 10 Charlie Hore, 9 Pablo Canavosio, 8 Jaco Erasmus, 7 Aldo Birchall, 6 Joshua Sole, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys, 4 Gavin Quinnell, 3 Ignacio Rouyet, 2 Juan Battilana, 1 Miguel Alonso.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Mattia Cagna, 18 Andrea Benatti, 19 Phil Murphy, 20 Ross Curle, 21 Samuele Pace, 22 Lloyd Johansson.

Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 rodd Penney, 13 Kevin Sorrell, 12 Andy Farrell (Co-captain), 11 Kameli Ratuvou, 10 Glen Jackson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Michael Owen, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Chris Jack, 5 Hugh Vyvyan, 4 Steve Borthwick (Co-captain), 3 Cencus Johnston, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 16 Matt Cairns, 17 tom Mercey, 18 Nick Lloyd, 19 Donald Barrell, 20 Moses Rauluni, 21 Gordon Ross, 22 Noah Cato.

Date: Saturday 18 October, 2008
Kick-off: 19:00 BST (18:00 GMT)
Venue: Luigi Zaffanella
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)