Union Bordeaux-Bègles beat Racing 92 (24-21) this Saturday in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup. At the end of a sluggish match and a big battle, Matthieu Jalibert won the scorers’ duel to offer a first semi-final to the Gironde team. After the siren, at the end of a crazy end of the match.
UBB put an end to Racing 92’s European dream this Sunday. The Bordeaux club won at home against the Ile-de-France club (24-21) in the first Franco-French quarter-final of the Champions Cup season. Finalists in 2016, 2018 and 2020, Ile-de-France residents leave the competition prematurely.
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Already handicapped by many absences (Finn Russell, Henry Chavancy, Fabien Sanconnie or Virimi Vakatawa), the team coached by Laurent Travers also lost Camille Chat, hit in the ankle and replaced after only thirty seconds of play. ‘a complicated afternoon for the Racingmen.
A disappointing match
On a false pace, this European quarter-final was disappointing. We were far from the spectacular shocks won by Racing against against Edinburgh (56-3) and by Bordeaux against Bristol (36-17) last weekend. The particularly effective defensive blocks, coupled with offensive approximations, did not help to start the game. We had to rely on the scorers: Matthieu Jalibert on one side, and Antoine Gibert and especially Maxime Machenaud on the other. The yellow card for Rémi Lamerat, author of a voluntary croc-en-leg on Juan Imhoff (35th), was not enough to unlock this quarter of the Champions Cup. Behind, Machine Machenaud missed the opportunity to give Racing 92 the advantage before half-time (9-9, 40th).
“They know that they are in difficulty when we manage to put speed, analyzed Matthieu Jalibert at half-time of this quarter-final for beIN Sports. Obviously when we have the ball, they try to slow us down and d ‘Always be at the limit. It worked. We are too unruly in our game and by our faults. We will try to rectify that. “
Jalibert has the last word
In vain. After the return from the locker room, Bordeaux again tried to make a difference but came up against the big defense of the Ile-de-France players. The scorer’s duel between the international opener and Maxime Machenaud continued for about twenty minutes.
Two new penalties succeeded by the scrum half, as much for Jalibert and the mano a mano continued. Taking advantage of Machenaud’s exit, Matthieu Jalibert finally won the match and gave the advantage to UBB before the final of this European quarter (18-15 61st).
The yellow (which would perhaps have deserved the red) received by the third row Baptiste Chouzenoux could have tipped the meeting in favor of the UBB. But no. The fault with the first failure of Matthieu Jailbert on his attempt about 50 meters from the poles (8/9 in total).
Came into play in place of Maxime Machenaud, Teddy Iribaren perfectly supplemented his teammate and maintained the suspense on a new penalty (18-18, 68th). But like his partner, the substitute scrum half of Racing ended up losing a final penalty from Matthieu Jalibert more than 50 meters after the siren.
“It’s just a quarter-final. It played out little and it smiles on us. I’m happy. The team was amazing. I’m happy to reward them, relished the opener for beIN Sports. It’s a grandiose competition. When you win the European Cup, you are the best team in Europe. We will give everything to go as far as possible. “
A last kick that sealed the victory of the UBB and allows the Christophe Urios gang to dream of a first Champions Cup title. The Racingmen will wait again.