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LAST CHANCE SALOON FOR THE CHALLENGE CUP

This Sunday, Sarries return to Europe. The spate of COVID draws in the last round have left this pool unaffected given it was the week the 2 french clubs were drawn together although the Irish/Brive game in R2 was a COVID casualty – almost certainly 2 points gained for Brive and potentially 3 lost to Irish.  Irish top the Group on 11 (from 3 games) followed by Brive (6 from 2) Pau (5 from 3 – their points difference boosted by the “28-0” COVID win over Sarries) and Edinburgh (5 from 2). Despite the difficult start (the home defeat to Edinburgh and the COVID defeat to Pau) all is not lost, owing to the vagaries of this competition whereby 3rd place will secure progress to the next round and even 4th place could be enough! (In fact a home win over Irish and an away win over Brive - who don’t seem to be the greatest side - would leave Sarries with 9/10/11 points (depending on bonus points) which should secure 3rd place. It would take something pretty extraordinary to finish any higher (I don’t see Edinburgh losing to either of the French teams – if they did that could put the cat among the pigeons!)

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