UBB in the last four

Benefiting from a thunderous start to the second period, Bordeaux-Bègles got the better of Racing 92 (36-16) in the play-offs of the final phase of the Top 14. The Girondins will go to Nice to challenge Montpellier in the semi-finals .

Bordeaux-Bègles takes a liking to the semi-finals of the Top 14. After failing last year in Lille against Toulouse, the players of Christophe Urios have made an appointment with Montpellier next Saturday in Nice. For this, the UBB dominated Racing 92 in a match in two stages on its lawn of Chaban-Delmas. The start of the match saw the two teams challenge each other physically before becoming a clash between goalscorers for a few minutes. While Maxime Lucu opened the scoring very early on by improving an offside from the Ile-de-France defense, Nolann Le Garrec answered him two minutes later after a ground foul by Kane Douglas. Two scorers who then lost precision, each of them missing the opportunity to give their team the advantage on the scoreboard before the end of the first quarter of an hour. While Ben Lam gave way to Federico Mori for fifteen minutes due to bleeding, it was Santiago Cordero who made the public at Chaban-Delmas stand up. A penalty played quickly by Maxime Lucu did not allow the defensive curtain of Racing 92 to reorganize.

Spring gave hope to Racing 92

Launched by Yoram Moefana, the Argentine winger made his burst of speed speak to flatten the first try of the meeting in a corner, the transformation of which was not successful by his scorer. Led in the score, the Racingmen tried to take advantage of the slightest opportunity to catch up. However, Nolan Le Garrec’s comeback with Virimi Vakatawa and Juan Imhoff was not successful, Matthieu Jalibert coming back in extremis to recover and then clear the ball. Shortly before the half hour mark, UBB lost Jandre Marais, hit in the left knee and replaced by Louis Picamoles. Racing 92 also had to make a change with Hassane Kolingar giving way to Guram Gogichashvili at the half hour mark. The efforts of Laurent Travers’ players ended up paying off with Max Spring just before the break. The back, in the sights of Fabien Galthié for the summer tour of Japan, took advantage of a change of game from Ben Volavola to find space and flatten. Nolann Le Garrec then allowed Racing 92 to take the lead at the break of a sometimes disjointed match between two often clumsy teams. Back on the lawn, the Ile-de-France striker quickly added three points before seeing his team live ten minutes of hell.

UBB tipped the match in ten minutes

First, Ulupano Seuteni took advantage of a breakthrough and then an after-contact pass from Yoram Moefana to put UBB back in front. Then, Romain Buros took advantage of a game at the foot of Ulupano Seuteni out of the scrum and a favorable rebound to mystify Teddy Thomas and confirm the ascendancy taken by the Girondins. Barely entering the game, Maxime Machenaud then reduced the gap but above all scored the last points for Racing 92 in this meeting. In the process, Cameron Woki joined the party. The international third line came to conclude a school action initiated by a kicking game for himself from Matthieu Jalibert then a shift from Romain Buros to completely extinguish the Ciel-et-Blancs. The last 20 minutes saw Racing 92 try in vain to close the gap but it was Ben Lam who concluded the game with a fifth try for UBB. After a long streak of possession, François Trinh-Duc served his winger to flatten at the foot of the posts and increase the score. Bordeaux-Bègles offered their fans an exceptional second half to clearly win (36-16) and validate their ticket to the last four of the Top 14with the hope of doing better than last season.

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Toulouse (4) – La Rochelle (5): 33-28

Sunday, June 12, 2022
Bordeaux-Begles (3) – Racing 92 (6): 36-16

Semi-finals (at the Allianz Riviera in Nice)
Friday, June 17, 2022
9:05 p.m.: Castres (1) – Toulouse (4)

Saturday 18 Jun 2022
9:05 p.m.: Montpellier (2) – Bordeaux-Begles (3)


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