We do not know who from Stade Toulousain or UBB will win the second semi-final of the Top 14 this Saturday evening (8:45 p.m., Canal +), but we are however certain of one thing: neither before , nor after the match, the two managers Ugo Mola (Toulouse) and Christophe Urios (Bordeaux) will greet each other.
The two have an even more hidden enmity.
For several weeks, they have been looking for each other through the media.
Urios put a part back in the machine this week: “I will not speak today about this character.
I'm waiting for the right moment to say what I think.
It will happen soon.
“They hate each other,” one of their relatives confides.
Very different in substance, Urios and Mola have very assertive personalities, some would even speak of ego, conducive to sparks.
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Urios and Mola nevertheless played together, in Castres at the end of the 1990s. Urios then became a forward coach, while Mola was still playing.
Already, at the time, the two personalities were opposed.
“One, Ugo, was a little whimsical three-quarter, with a very playful state of mind, a little free temperament.
Christophe was the opposite: very pragmatic, rigorous, he appreciated strict things ”, remembers Christian Gajan, the manager of the CO at the time.
In Castres, the Mola transplant never took
No known clash, even if Urios has always suspected certain players, including Mola, of having intrigued in the office of President Pierre-Yves Revol to obtain his ouster in 2005. But a culture shock. Mola came from Toulouse and advocated the game of movement; Urios, more attached to the land, defended combat rugby. A difference that has not really faded over time. “The people of Toulouse who arrive in Castres are preceded by a reputation and must earn respect,” explains Christian Gajan. The Mola transplant in Castres never really took hold. "The Toulouse - Castres rivalry is like a dog and a cat, like Biarritz - Bayonne or Racing - Stade Français", develops Richard Dourthe, a close friend of Mola.
The relationship between the two coaches gradually deteriorated.
“It comes from each person's temperament,” says Gajan.
Player, Ugo was a bit pedantic, he could hurt other players, especially forwards, with his words.
And then Christophe, he's not a guy who pretends, he's not a kick-ass.
It was built with the strength of the wrist.
We like him or not, but he succeeded.
It especially got out of hand when Ugo became a coach.
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“It is not impossible that certain criticisms of Ugo Mola on the game of Christophe's teams could have strained relations,” believes Yann Delaigue, who passed through Castres with the two men.
The Bordelais are also convinced that Toulouse did everything to cancel last season and prevent them from being champions, in the midst of the Covid epidemic, while the UBB occupied the top of the standings.
One thing is certain: between the pronounced accent and the imposing physique of Audois Urios, son of a winegrower, and the smoother manners of Mola, who grew up not far from… Bordeaux, there is a sort of opposition in style.
Both cited to take in hand one day the XV of France, we have not finished seeing them arguing.