Challenge Cup Round 1 preview

Look ahead to this weekend’s European Rugby Challenge Cup opener, against Pau at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm KO).

POOL 2: Ospreys v Pau, Liberty Stadium

Referee: Tom Foley (Eng)

Assistant Ref: Karl Dickson (Eng), Assistant Ref: Roy Maybank (Eng)

Citing Commissioner: John Cole (Ire)



  • Ospreys and Pau have never met before and this will be the Ospreys’ second campaign in the Challenge Cup in three seasons
  • In 2016/17 Ospreys won six of six pool stage games, scoring 279 points and conceding just 51
  • Pau were one of just three sides to record a success rate of 90% or better at both scrum (92%) and lineout (90%) in the Challenge Cup (also Toulouse and Lyon)
  • Ospreys (90%) boasted the best goal kicking success rate in the Champions Cup last season, slotting 26 of their 29 place kicks
  • Dan Evans was the joint top try scorer in last season’s Champions Cup (6, level with Nemani Nadolo), crossing for a brace of tries in each of the Ospreys three opening games.


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