For Christophe Urios, the pill is difficult to pass. In the first two places of the Top 14 ranking from the 5th day, the Union Bordeaux-Bègles was expelled from this folding seat, qualifying for the semifinals, on the gong. The defeat suffered in Perpignan (22-15), on Sunday 5 June, pushed UBB back to third place. As a result, the Girondins club will have to go through a dangerous tie against Racing 92 on Sunday 12 June. “It’s not what we wanted, but there’s a form of logic”has been awarded by coach Bordeaux-Béglais after the defeat in Catalonia.
This reduction is the result of a second half of the season that the UBB has completely lost. Solid leaders with two defeats at the end of the first leg, Matthieu Jalibert’s teammates have suffered eight defeats in the last fourteen games. A record comparable to that of the Stade Français, Brive and Perpignan, ranked between 11th and 13th.
However, and this is the whole contrast, this almost declining pace has kept Bordelo-Béglais in the top 6. Not a small thing, for a club that waited ten years to live its first final stages, the last year, after several disappointments. . This time, the leadership gained at the start of the season was considerable. He The slap inflicted by Toulon (16-29) in early May is the only defeat of the period by more than seven points. The defensive bonuses collected here and there have allowed, on arrival, the UBB to save its place.
On his journey through the desert, Bordeaux-Bègles was not really helped by the events. Many managers (Jalibert, Petti, Seuteni, Lam, Buros …) have been away from the meadows for a long time. Others, such as Woki, Lucu and Moefana, took part in the victorious campaign of the XV of France in the Tournament of the six nations.
His absences greatly slowed down the dynamics of the fall and forced Christophe Urios to innovate. The most visible example is, without a doubt, the conversion of Louis Picamoles, number 8 with 82 selections, to the second line position, although the future retiree is not dissatisfied with this change. The setbacks did not stop there. Even with a slight recovery in form in April (victories in Paris and Montpellier), the UBB remains feverish despite the return of its executives.
Is the evil deep? So serene since his arrival in Gironde three years ago, the experienced Christophe Urios gives the impression of doubt. “It will be difficult for me to recover personally”, confessed the coach after the last game of the regular season. The former Castrese did not hesitate to sting some of his executives, including Cameron Woki and Matthieu Jalibert. “It’s up to the players to get the hang of it. But Cameron, I don’t see it. Matthieu, I don’t see it.“, he regretted it.
Praised regularly for his managerial qualities, champion of France with Castres in 2018, Urios knows how to do it in terms of group management. These targeted attacks are likely to remobilize their executives. “It’s time for leaders to come out of the woods”confirmed this Tuesday. It’s the first time I’ve been in the finals and I don’t know the composition of my team. “admitted the UBB manager.
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Bordeaux-Bègles is also facing the lack of experience of part of its staff. Only veterans Tameifuna (with Racing), Picamoles (in Toulouse) and Lamerat (in Clermont) won the Brennus. This relative inexperience could be detrimental.
Because on the contrary, Racing has just completed its twelfth consecutive season in the top 6. Even rejuvenated, the Altosequan team has several executives who have survived the 2016 title. Ille-de-France residents have also triumphed in their last two visits to Gironde and won four of their last five. parties. “But I also know that we are capable of anything! We are facing our destiny “, he wants to believe in Urios.
The 56-year-old coach has not forgotten that last year his team lost its last two games of the regular season, before beating Clermont in the play-offs and after shaking Toulouse in the half (defeat 24-21). “A new championship begins now”, synthesized his career counterpart Laurent Travers. Her face exposed until January shows this, the UBB has the weapons to climb the three steps that separate it from the Brennus.