La Rochelle took brilliant revenge in the Atlantic derby by winning without trembling on the lawn of Bordeaux Bègles (36-9), offensive bonus as a bonus, and securing its place as dolphin of the Top 14 a little more. The UBB remains 5th, but missed in large widths the opportunity to consolidate its place in the top 6 for the final stages.
Fixtures and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
Physical, muscular, the meeting took time to become spectacular under the eyes of the 42,000 spectators who came to the Matmut Atlantique to sign the new historic attendance record for the UBB.
With their returning internationals (Atonio, Alldritt, Bourgarit, Tanga), the Maritimes sought to get their hands on the ball to offer themselves a 4th success in a row and impose their characteristic style, all in power via their pack.
Warned, the Bordeaux-Béglaises defense remained tight for 50 minutes before shattering, but had already conceded numerous penalties.
Seuteni caught Holmes off guard on an acceleration (14th), before Skelton was caught by the patrol after video refereeing, and the try logically refused.
A clear opportunity that did not slow the club down, and the forwards continued to mark their opponents with their charges.
Favre, perfect scorer (17 points, 7/7), was responsible for expanding the score until the 50th.
27-0 in half an hour
The lone rider of the Rochelais then began.
On a scrum from five meters, Alldritt got up before being stopped at one meter.
Botia replaced him and flattened him in force (50th).
Still as undisciplined, the Bordelais suffered the charges of Colombe, then that of the victorious Sclavi (72nd) to seal the fate of the meeting.
In a state of grace, Bourgarit's teammates even offered themselves the offensive bonus (76th) thanks to a raise launched by Alldritt, and concluded 80 meters further by Boudehent (76th).
That's a terrible 27-0 for the visitors in just half an hour
A clear revenge for the men of Ronan O'Gara, who had been beaten in the match at Marcel-Deflandre (8-12) by the band at Jalibert who nevertheless went through moments of doubt after the ousting of Christophe Urios.
Les Rochelais have an appointment next weekend for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup against Gloucester (Saturday April 1, 6.30 p.m.), while UBB will have a weekend off before traveling to the Paris region at Racing 92 (Saturday April 15, 3:00 p.m.).