The roof of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium will be closed this Saturday evening for the second Top 14 semi-final between Toulouse and UBB due to the bad weather conditions announced in Lille.
The players of the Stade Toulousain and the Union Bordeaux-Bègles will stay dry this Saturday evening. According to our information, the roof of the Pierre Mauroy stadium will be closed for the second Top 14 semi-final played at 8:45 p.m. due to the bad weather conditions announced in Lille, unlike the day before for La Rochelle’s victory against Racing 92 (19-6).
In front of 5,000 spectators
Friday, Toulouse manager Ugo Mola, questioned on the subject at a press conference, had clearly expressed his preference. “We may play rugby, but I have the impression that this is true for the four teams present in the semi-finals, which requires provoking, trying and possessing the ball, said the coach of the champions Europe. We therefore wish the best possible conditions to play. It seems to us that a closed stadium, in view of the storms which are announced in the weekend, would not be worse. But I have no idea of the humidity that there is here. If the opportunity to close presents itself, because the conditions call for it, we will not be against. “
But the heavy rains announced in the evening in Lille changed the situation and the National Rugby League endorsed its decision this Saturday morning. The meeting will be held, like Friday, in front of 5,000 spectators.