Bayonne sweep Mont de Marsan aside
January 16, 2009
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Bayonne proved too strong for French rivals Mont de Marsan with a 33-19 victory in their European Challenge Cup Pool 5 clash at the Stade Jean Dauger.
Four penalties by scrum-half Cedric Garcia gave Bayonne a 12-9 lead at half-time before tries from wing Filimone Bolavucu, centre Vincent Invigo and replacement Louis Massabeau completed the victory.
Scrum-half Cedric Garcia weighed in with four penalties and two conversion as Bayonne condemned Mont de Marsan to their fifth straight defeat in the competition.
Mont-de-Marsan replacement scrum-half Philip van Schalkwyk scored the visitors' only try while fly-half Frederic Urruty kicked four penalties and a conversion.
Bayonne: J Peyras; F Bolovucu, T Lacroix, V Inigo, B Fall; M Edmonds, C Garcia; J Fiorini, A Heguy, D Avril, A Springgay, N Laffite, G Bernad, J Deen, M Baget
Replacements: M Cortese, A Iguiniz, A Etchegaray, L Massabeau, M Maillard, B Lhande, M Acebes
Mont de Marsan: N Leroux; K Abbad, S Ternisien, M Taele, D Senio; F Urruty, F Tandonnet; G Leleu, T Leota, B Coutts, F Rawls, R Berek, Y Brethous, R Bernard, J Carre (capt)
Replacements: C Blanchard, S Ormaechea, P Blanco, J Mynhardt, P van Schalkwyk, A Genthieu
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)
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