Bordeaux reaction, amorphous Racingmen

Union Bordeaux-Bègles validated their qualification for the semifinals of the Top 14 on Sunday, after the victory against Racing 92 (36-16).


Collective union reaction

Headed into the break, the Union Bordeaux-Bègles got a simply masterful first quarter of an hour after returning from the locker room. Three tries accompanied by his transformation in just 10 minutes allowed Bordeaux to reverse the trend and regain the confidence needed to erase the many fouls of the first period. An even more admirable reaction because the team has had a very difficult week, with a preparation truncated by statements from its coach Christophe Urios who has publicly pointed the finger at his players. Stinging his ego to recover better, the recipe seemed to work this Sunday evening at Chaban-Delmas Stadium.

Leaders above all else

“We have internationals, guys who have a lot of ambitions, who want amazing things … Cameron, I don’t see him, Matthieu, I don’t see him. There is no impact on our attacks, we are not dangerous. said Christophe Urios after the defeat in Perpignan last week. One thing is certain: UBB leaders have responded more than ever.

Cameron Woki gave the necessary impetus to the attack of Bordeaux as this fourth attempt, while Matthieu Jalibert (9 runs, 4 crosses and 82% of successful passes) almost succeeded in everything he tried and in throwing the hostilities and the course of the second act. Author of a very good performance, the opening act of the UBB, therefore, responded present and wanted to respond to Urios: “I just want to say we won’t play for Christophe.” he then said into the Canal + microphone after the meeting.

Maxime Lucu’s kick-off was also one of the keys to UBB’s success this Sunday with three transformations (47th, 54th, 58th) and a penalty kick. As well as several decisive clearings to calm the Bordeaux defense.

Matthieu Jalibert produced an individual score. ROMAN PERROCHEAU / AFP


Bordeaux mistakes in the first period

Beware, however, of the much waste and other clumsiness on the Bordeaux-Bègles side. In the first half, Christophe Urios’s players left Racing with several breaches, especially in defense, which led to Max Spring’s try (39 ‘). In the middle. The UBB had already committed seven strikers and a large number of handball players.

Against a team like Montpellier in the semifinals, Union Bordeaux-Bègles will have to be more regular, consistent and solid in hand play, without offering opportunities to their opponents from the start of this poster.

Too limited a match for Racing

Difficult to analyze the performance of Racing 92. If the defeat is clear and clear, there were really no negative elements in the game of the residents of Ile-de-France. All in all, they had a good first period taking advantage of Bordeaux’s mistakes patiently, jumping at the slightest opportunity to take advantage of the gaps and thus aim for the break in this Max Spring rehearsal.

However, the Racingmen have not been able to diversify their game to find other solutions to the quarter-hour madness. Blatant passivity, lack of consistency, lack of reaction … Laurent Travers’s players were shocked by the acceleration of the Union. The coach gave his players an extra tactical briefing during the break, and after that Gaël Fickou had solid organization.

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