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Wiesberger shoots low again to take Masters lead in Portugal

Wiesberger shoots low again to take Masters lead in Portugal

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UPDATED:

17:30 GMT, 13 October 2012

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger shot his
second successive 65 and leads the Portugal Masters by one with a round
to play in Vilamoura.

England's Ross Fisher had been three
clear at halfway, but could not keep the 27-year-old from Vienna at bay
as he continued his search for a third victory of the season.

Even when Fisher, without a win since
his Ryder Cup debut two years ago, had four birdies in five holes
around the turn Wiesberger matched them all to stay one behind.

Leading the pack: Bernd Wiesberger (left) leads Ross Fisher in Portugal

Leading the pack: Bernd Wiesberger (left) leads Ross Fisher in Portugal

He then drew level with an 18-foot putt on the 14th – his sixth birdie in seven holes – and moved in front for the first time when Fisher could not get up and down after missing the final green.

Wiesberger, who stands 13 under par, said: 'After seven holes (all pars) I was not thinking about a 65, but then I played beautifully.

'It could have been a bit lower, but I'm very happy with that.'

On form: Bernd Wiesberger shot a second successive 65

On form: Bernd Wiesberger shot a second successive 65

Fisher, playing on with a strained ligament in his left foot suffered when he slipped coming off the first tee in his second round, said after his 69: 'It's challenging, but it was a lot easier than yesterday.

'It was heavily bandaged and I tried to take the weight off it as much as I could. It's quite bruised, but the swelling is not as bad as I told it might be.

'I'm disappointed to drop a shot on the last. I tried to keep my neck out in front, but there's still a lot of golf to play.'

Joint third on nine under are Irishman Shane Lowry, England's Richard Finch and, in a sudden return to form, New Zealander Michael Campbell.

The 2006 US Open champion has had a wretched time since that memorable week at Pinehurst and is down at 607th in the world.

Campbell has not had a top-10 finish on the European Tour since 2008 and two seasons ago made only one cut in 19 starts.

'It's seven years since my last win and I was surprised I was calm out there, but I've won enough around the world to know what to do and I'm pretty excited about tomorrow,' he said.

'The last three or four years I've put too much pressure on myself to perform. I've gone back to basics and it's fun once again.'

Return to form: New Zealander Michael Campbell

Return to form: New Zealander Michael Campbell

He and playing partner Lowry were both five under for the day before bogeying the last for 67s, while Finch – like Lowry a former Irish Open winner – did not drop a shot in his 66.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, at 48 trying to become the oldest winner in Tour history, finished with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 68 and is joint sixth with England's Mark Foster.

Padraig Harrington also birdied the difficult last, but that was for a 71 as he slipped from fourth to 12th.

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Alex King: The insider – French danger men for England

Alex King: The insider – French danger men for England

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 8 March 2012

Alex King, former Wasps fly-half and now assistant coach at Clermont Auvergne, gives the inside track on France's danger men ahead of Le Crunch in Paris on Sunday…

Wesley Fofana Centre, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 24, Caps: 3
X-factor: Wesley Fofana of France

X-factor: Wesley Fofana of France

Wesley took his chance when the France regulars were away at the World Cup last autumn and has not looked back since – three tries in three games is quite a start to his international career. He's worked incredibly hard at his game, he's very powerful and his attitude is spot on. He came to the club on Monday and warned me he is going to score two more against England. When he arrived here at 18 he was a bit overweight but the academy system at the club has brought him through all that. He's got the X-factor and has the ability to change a game through a big tackle, kick-and-chase or a line break. He's got all the skills.

Julien Dupuy Scrum-half, Stade Francais, Age: 28, Caps: 7

He's a scrum-half who I really rate. An opportunist who is always on the look-out for an opening, as Leicester found to their benefit when he played a full season in England. Has the ability to make a break out of nothing.

Julien Bonnaire Flanker, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 33, Caps: 73

Julien returned very frustrated after the World Cup and has had the honesty to say that this could well be his last Six Nations. He's a very good line-out technician and is very strong and a versatile back-rower. He has become very important for both us and France.

Julien Malzieu Wing, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 28, Caps: 19
Julien Malzieu of France (right)

Powerful: Julien Malzieu of France (right)

'Zen' has come back to top form after one or two injuries last season. He was very disappointed to miss out on the World Cup and has a point or two to prove now that he's back in the squad. He's very powerful and is an extremely good finisher.

Clement Poitrenaud Full back, Toulouse, Age: 29, Caps: 45

Poitrenaud must be one player England will be looking at targeting. A great attacker and exciting player but also one who can make mistakes. England will look to put him under pressure from the word go.

Aurelien Rougerie Centre, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 31, Caps: 74

'Ro-Ro' is a legend. He is our figurehead. He's become a very experienced guy who has been there and done it. Centre has become his position, which enables him to get into the game and to use his physicality. He was a bit quiet against Ireland and so will be ready for a big show.