Champions Cup: impacted by the Covid, the UBB prepares its half as best it can

Affected by Covid-19 for three weeks now, UBB is preparing to challenge Stade Toulousain on Saturday (4 p.m.) for the first Champions Cup semi-final in its history with a truncated preparation.

Since qualifying against Racing 92 on April 11, the Union Bordeaux-Bègles has taken the Covid-19 pandemic head-on. Worse, the Bordelais have not played a Top 14 match since (two postponements against Agen and Montpellier), and the preparation for their first Champions Cup semi-final in their history (Saturday at 4 p.m.) is more than chaotic. A total of eight players have tested positive so far.

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“We are going to do Toulouse, Bayonne, Agen, Castres by leaving a period of 3 weeks without playing and without training. It is a disaster scenario for the UBB”, confided Laurent Marti the Bordeaux president on RMC, last Saturday.

The club closed its doors for six days, following the victory against the Ile-de-France residents. In isolation, the players trained physically at home. The UBB then resumed training in small groups of four, in accordance with NRL regulations, until last Saturday. A player was then tested positive before the installation, the day before facing Montpellier. “It worries us a lot,” Marti blurted out.

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Wave of hope, Monday’s tests are negative

This week, the club does not wish to communicate the results of its tests in order to let the players concentrate on the preparation of the match against Toulouse. The workforce will undergo three PCR tests: a first carried out Monday evening, the second this Wednesday, and finally the third Friday. According to our information, Monday’s tests are negative and the players trained normally on Tuesday. As for the elements affected by the virus last week, they will not be traveling to Toulouse.

At the club, we want to be rather positive on the staff and players side, given the evolution observed in recent days. To play the match would already be a small victory. The UBB is probably the team most affected in sport by the pandemic. In 2020, when she flew over the season in the Top 14, and qualified for the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, the season came to an abrupt end. These contaminations come once again at the worst of times for Bordeaux, when it comes to the final sprint.

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