CHAMPIONS CUP – It was predictable, it is now irreversible. Union Bordeaux-Bègles is officially eliminated from the most prestigious European cups before even playing its match against Gloucester. This is the offensive bonus taken by Harlequins.
The ax fell on the head of Bordeaux. Before the last day of the Champions Cup, UBB needed a feat to have the chance to play in the round of 16. The French had to win with the offensive bonus in their hole of Chaban-Delmas against Gloucester, and Harlequins as Racing 92 took no points.
Even before the matches of the French clubs, Bordeaux’s hopes will be in vain. Harlequins, who host the Sharks, scored a fourth try straight after returning from the dressing room to secure the offensive bonus point. The author of the test is called Stephan Lewies, and if he did not face the partners of Matthieu Jalibert, it is he who formalizes their elimination.
One final match for the Challenge Cup
However, the last reception in Gloucester (from 4.15pm) is not without interest. At stake, a likely qualification in the Challenge Cup for Bordeaux-Bègles in case of victory. A meager consolation prize, but the opportunity to win a title that has eluded the club since the 2006 merger.
For the players of Julien Laïrle and Frédéric Charrier, this elimination will remain a frustration this season. Their stay in the Champions Cup was marred by two narrowly lost opening days at Gloucester (22–17 defeat) and the reception of Cell C Sharks (16–19 defeat). After an elimination in the round of 16 against La Rochelle last year, this is another underperformance for Bordeaux-Bèglais.