Brive are hoping to reverse the defecit and progress to the final
Brive wing Julien Laharrague accepts they have a major challenge ahead of them in trying to overturn a 21-point deficit when they tackle Pau in the Second Leg of their European Challenge Cup semi-final - but that while they are down those 21 points they are far from out.
"We are ready for Pau because, without being defeatist, we have a lot riding on this game," he said. "The European Challenge Cup is a competition we are passionate about.
"Of course the tournament is even more important for the club because of the financial benefits next season if we are successful as we need to be able to invest in the squad and provide more depth than we have at the moment.
"As a player it is also very important because, with more quality players in the squad, it will only help us improve our individual games.
"In the away game against Pau we did our best but the weekend before we had one or two players injured against Toulouse so getting back into the Challenge Cup was difficult and we ended up with that deficit against Pau. "This weekend, playing at home, with our supporters in the stands, our mission will be to win. We want to give them rugby of the highest level and their support gives us the best chance to reverse the deficit against Pau. "The weakest point for Brive at the moment is the number of injuries we have. With a relatively small squad having a few players out injured counts massively. "The rest of the team never get breaks and fatigue accumulates. Given these problems, we have developed an amazing ability to adapt and that's a true strength of the side.
"We know Pau have a big set of forwards and there is a lot of talk about how powerful they are but we are going to look to exploit our strengths more than their weaknesses."
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