Bordeaux Begles centre Thibault Lacroix insists that he and his colleagues are capable of prolonging the club’s interest in the European Challenge Cup with a victory over Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield tonight.
The twice-capped international admits that the competition is a lower priority than the domestic Top 14 championship, but is adamant that Bordeaux can be competitive on both fronts and look to progress to the knockout phase of a European tournament for the first time since 1997.
“Since the start of the European competition, each time we have won a match we have said that we can go into the match against Edinburgh looking to qualify for the knockout phase”, he said. “Now that we are here, we have to give it everything.”
Lacroix concedes that the style of rugby played by Edinburgh when the Capital outfit won the first meeting of the sides last October was unexpected. But he is promising a different game tonight.
“I would be surprised if they expect us to be the same as in the first match. I hope we will have greater intensity, a more serious approach and that we will win this match.”
The 29-year-old is also looking forward to playing at Murrayfield, added: “It’s a mythical stadium, one of the finest in Europe.”