After seeing the doors of the standings explode for many years, the UBB has been invited for the second time to the semifinals. A sign of real progress. In such a dense championship, this performance must be emphasized. But the Girondins club will not be satisfied if they want to leave their mark. This year, the road to a first title seemed open after the eliminations of Toulouse and La Rochelle, their two madnesses … Christophe Urios’ men can have many regrets.
A complicated season
Since the arrival of its director three years ago, the UBB has had its most difficult season. “Finding solutions, incorporating the boys, managing the staff has been a long and difficult season,” confirms Christophe Urios. “But I learned a lot. First of all my work, but also of our mood. »
Started with full ambitions, this year 2021/2022 has ended with a real Via Crucis that has led to “disappointment” in the words of Matthieu Jalibert. “It’s just a stage, not a stop,” said Captain Mahamadou Diaby on Saturday night in the heart of the Allianz Riviera. “Many teams lose semifinals repeatedly. This allows them to win a little later. La Rochelle has lost some and this year they are European champions in style. That’s right, it’s the history of our team, of our club, we have to accept it. We have to keep going, one day he will smile at us. »
“It’s just a step, not a stop. We have to keep going, one day he will smile at us”
“You have to work and come back,” insists Christophe Urios. “One thing is for sure, when you want to be champion, you can’t have airbags like we had this season. It is not possible ! Since February, we are angry. There will be issues to deal with, really. How to reduce intention and action? Why have we had so many injuries and relapses? That planted us! There is no danger. »
After a false start in Biarritz, on the field of promotion, the UBB had launched but its season on wheels snatching 9 wins and 1 draw in the first leg. Leader of the Top 14, the Gironde club had increased its advantage to 13 points over its runner-up after the success against Castres (January 29). But the absence of the internationals and especially many long-term injuries (Matthieu Jalibert at the helm) weighed heavily on the return leg.
Entangled in a long black series (8 defeats in 9 games in all competitions), Bordeaux thought they would see the light again after their successes at the Stade Français or Montpellier. But they have never chained two hits in a row since mid-January. It is not ideal to start the final stages with confidence. Especially when you have to go through a roadblock.
Beaten in Perpignan, the UBB was expelled from the top 2 on the last day of the regular season. Goodbye direct ticket to the semifinals. This new setback angered Christophe Urios who publicly attacked his executives and invited leaders to step out of the woods. Not without risks, this last card had its effect during the play-off against Racing 92 (36-16). But the Bordeaux season logically ended in Nice against Montpellier.