From start to finish, the duel between Montpellier and Bordeaux-Bègles turned in favor of the Heraultais (19-10), who qualified for their third Top 14 final against Castres.
The final of the Top 14 2021-2022 will be a remake of the final of the 2017-2018 season. The day after Castres’ victory over Toulouse, it was Montpellier who validated their ticket to the Stade de France after a very close semi-final against Bordeaux-Bègles. A meeting that was quickly encouraged. While Maxime Lucu, after a foul in a maul of the Hérault, opened the scoring in the fifth minute, the answer came the next minute through Vincent Rattez.
After a high ball recovery, the Cists sent the ball to the left side and Paolo Garbisi was able to kick the ball past the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. In a semifinal, all the points count and the Italian midfielder understood it. Shortly before the quarter of an hour, while his attack was struggling to find the fault in the Gironde defensive curtain, Paolo Garbisi took his place on the field.
However, both teams went one at a time at the start of the match and The UBB’s response came from Matthieu Jalibert. After a short tussle with the defender, Guilhem Guirado finally tucked the ball home. of the end of the match. the first 20 minutes. Shortly afterwards, the MHR experienced a real scare with Paolo Garbisi who complained of a knee but the Italian international was able to stay on the Allianz Riviera turf.
On the initiative of the game, however, the Cists were not rewarded on the scoreboard, Benoît Paillaugue missed the opportunity to add three penalty points four minutes before the break. However, just after the siren, it was an opportunist Anthony Bouthier who decided to hit a drop 42 meters from the Girona poles. His back found the target and allowed his training to return to his locker room with a three-point lead. Christophe Urios seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 1 – 0 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by.
Aprasidze sends Montpellier to the final
The marker does not move, the tension is gradually increasing on the grass. Then the two technical teams decided to send fresh blood but nothing worked. At the time, UBB even tried to imitate their rival of the afternoon, but a drop attempt signed François Trinh-Duc failed to find the target. The last 20 minutes saw both teams undisciplined, but that turned in MHR’s favor. Ten minutes into the match, Gela Aprasidze’s Mahamadou Diaby found himself unmarked in front of the goal after a dash up the left side and forced the UBB to try to make a difference.
Paolo Garbisi, on the other hand, tried to protect Montpellier but his descent did not find the goal. Christela Urios wasn’t in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for Gela Aprasidze after 75 minutes. With this slow victory (19-10), Montpellier qualifies for its third Top 14 final after losing in 2011 against Toulouse and in 2018 against Castres, who will be their rivals next Friday at the Stade de France.
TOP 14 / SEMIFINALS
Friday, June 17, 2022
Castres (1) – Toulouse (4): 24-18
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Montpelier (2) – Bordeaux-Bègles (3): 19-10
Friday, June 24, 2022 (at the Stade de France)
20:45: Castres (1) – Montpellier (2)