Wasps 0-27 Bordeaux: Hosts whitewashed in final Challenge Cup group match

England's Joe Launchbury played the first hour in Wasps' home defeat by Bordeaux at the Ricoh Arena
England's Joe Launchbury played the first hour in Wasps' home defeat by Bordeaux at the Ricoh Arena
European Challenge Cup Pool Three
Wasps 0
Bordeaux (7) 27
Tries: Ducuing, Seuteni, Gorgadze Cons: Botica 2, Meret Pens: Botica, Meret

Wasps were well beaten in their final European Challenge Cup group match as Bordeaux Begles won at the Ricoh Arena.

Nans Ducuing's converted first-half try earned an interval lead for the French side, who had already sealed top spot in Pool Three.

They then scored two more tries through Ulupano Seuteni and Beka Gorgadze.

All three conversions were landed, as well as two penalties, as Ben Botica and Lucas Meret shared the rest of the points for the French Top 14 leaders.

Wasps made 10 changes against the unbeaten pool leaders - but England World Cup lock Joe Launchbury started and played the full hour alongside uncapped Welshman Will Rowlands, who is in new Wales coach Wayne Pivac's first Six Nations squad.

Wasps finished third in the group behind table-topping Bordeaux and Edinburgh, who rounded off their campaign with a 36-0 win over bottom club Agen to take one of the three quarter-final places for finishing second, along with Dragons and Scarlets.

In the quarter-finals, on the first weekend in April, Toulon will host Scarlets, who booked the last place by winning at London Irish on Saturday night.

Leicester will meet Castres, Bordeaux will host Edinburgh and Bristol will play Dragons,

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"We've got to look at ourselves. It was a dead rubber for us. But that doesn't excuse the performance. It was unacceptable. They've gone out there and pretty much dropped everything.

"If they're not embarrassed by that, then they should be. We were awful with the ball. We made basic errors. We lost 18 or 19 turnovers and made 14 handling errors. We don't normally make that number across three matches.

"People will talk about the nil scenario. We had three kickable penalties, which I'm sure we would have kicked if it had been a Premiership match, but I don't think we'd have scored a try if we'd been here until Monday.

"The boys are going to be hurting. But, if we go to Worcester next week and put in a great performance, it will all be forgotten, Next week is the important one. Not this week. But it's still very disappointing."

Wasps: Miller; Kibirige, Fekitoa, Gopperth, Bassett; Sopoaga, Robson; McIntyre, Taylor, Toomaga-Allen, Launchbury (capt), Rowlands, Johnson, J Willis, Carr.

Replacements: Oghre for Taylor (44), Alo for Toomaga-Allen (38) Le Bourgeois for Miller (55), Searle for Sopoaga (55), Flament for Launchbury (58), Vailanu for Johnson (58). Porter for Fekitoa (67), West for McIntyre (67).

Bordeaux Begles: Ducuing; Plazy, Lamerat, Seuteni, Cordero; Botica, Lesgourgues; Paiva, Pélissié, Kaulashvili, Flanquart, Marais, Roumat, Diaby (capt), Tauleigne.

Replacements: Tamanivalu for Lamerat (38), Tutaia for Marais (49), Maynadier for Pelissie (53), Tabidze for Kaulashvili (59), Kovekalou for Paiva (57), Gorgadze for Tauleigne (68, )Meret for Botica (71), Gimbert for Lesgourgues (71).

Sin-Bin: Tamanivalu (69).

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy).

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