London Welsh stayed at the bottom of the European Challenge Cups's Pool 4 after a 26-3 defeat at Bordeaux-Begles last night.

The result means Welsh have yet to win this season in 19 attempts.

When the sides met at the Kassam Stadium in October, Bordeaux strolled to a 52-20 win, but there was to be no repeat as winless Welsh made the hosts battle in the mud before they sealed a four-try victory.

On 22 minutes, Welsh winger James Lewis was sinbinned and Bordeaux took advantage, going ahead with a try from Clement Maynadier, converted by Pierre Bernard.

Although Tristan Roberts cut the deficit with a penalty, a Charles Brousse try put Bordeaux 12-3 up on 32 minutes.

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Early in the second half, Bordeaux’s winger Paulin Riva was sin-binned, but Welsh were unable to make it count.

A try from Metuisela Talebulamaijainatry, converted by Beauxis made it 19-3 before a score from Bertrand Guiry, converted by Beaux, further compounded Welsh’s misery.

London Welsh: Elder, Stegmann, Lewis, Barkley, Crane; Roberts, Lewis; Aholelei, Morris, Cooper, Schofield, Corker (capt), McCaffrey, Thorpe, Pienaar. Reps: Dobson, Reeves, Gilding, McNally, Browne, Rowley, Kear, Awcock.


Pool 4: Lyon Olympique v Edinburgh (7.45).


Pool 4: Bordeaux-Begles 26, London Welsh 3.

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