Hangover for the Bordeaux-Bègles Union

Union Bordeaux-Bègles, defeated by Montpellier, will not see the final of the Top 14 this season. A huge disappointment for the Girondin club.

The Bordeaux-Bègles Union will not have succeeded in writing history. On the occasion of their Top 14 semi-final against Montpellier, Mathieu Jalibert’s teammates could afford the first final in their history. But in the end, the Héraultais were much better…

Incredible efficiency

The watchword of this meeting will have been efficiency. With their 2 penalties converted and their 2 drops, the Montpellier players were able to make the difference during this long balanced match. Just before the break, thanks to a drop from Anthony Boutier, Montpellier led 13-10. During the second period, Camara’s teammates did the job defensively, not conceding a single point. A defeat that will leave a bitter taste for the Girondins, who were hoping for a first Top 14 final in the club’s history.

“They played better rugby than us”

In a press conference, after the meeting, Christophe Urios accepted the defeat with realism. “It’s a tough night. The course comes to an abrupt end. You could say it’s a logical evening. The best won. There is no debate, they were more aggressive than us, they played better rugby than us. I find it hard to understand why we have been so little sparkling. We have been in the game for a long time, but it makes sense. »

For his part, the captain of Union Bordeaux-Bègles Mahamadou Diaby congratulated his opponent. “We pushed, but we didn’t have this continuity to allow us to cross the line and come back to score. We have already experienced it, when you have a six-point lead a few minutes from the end, ten minutes from a final, you close ranks in defense. This is what Montpellier did, and it is to their credit. Congratulations to Montpellier for the game. »

From now on, the UBB will have to focus on next season. Christophe Urios will always be on the bench for the Gironde team, as he announced during the press conference. It remains to be seen whether this team will be able to pass this milestone of the semi-finals next season.

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