La Rochelle, safe place for dolphins
The irregularity of the Maritimes at home has regularly been pointed out by fans and the players themselves, but their efficiency on the outside allows them to make the hole with the LOU, 3rd, with a six-point lead.
This is a 4th consecutive victory, and full of confidence before hosting Gloucester in the knockout stages of the Champions Cup next Saturday (6:30 p.m.).
La Rochelle intensity
What a demonstration of power, precision and patience from the European champion!
Well controlled for more than an hour by the aggressive defense of the Bordelo-Bèglais, which was particularly undisciplined in return for this excess of energy, the maritime forwards proved that they still formed one of the very best packs on the continent. and that their power in direct confrontation probably had no equal.
A dazzling 27-0
The La Rochelle punishment, led by a bench designed to make the difference, was started by Alldritt, powerful on a five-meter scrum and an effective relay from Botia (50th).
The second try was in the same style: a charge from Colombe, then the victorious one from Sclavi (72nd) to seal the fate of the meeting.
The offensive bonus, obtained in stride via a raise initiated by Alldritt, and concluded 80 meters further by Boudehent (76th), rewarded this second period of high flight.
A new record
It was to be a party for the club in the scapular, it is clear that it turned into a nightmare on the ground but that it will have been a success in the stands.
The Matmut Atlantique was sold out (42,115 seats), with many La Rochelle supporters who had made the trip.
This is the new historic attendance record for the UBB.
Note that the lawn will have suffered on several plots of land.
A remarkable thrashing for the UBB
The faces were marked at the end of the meeting, probably by this one-sided end to the game.
While the Charrier - Laïrle duo kept claiming that this season, marked by the ousting of Christophe Urios, would not be a year of transition, the 5th place occupied by their players was a reassuring indicator.
Nothing is lost yet, but the final score could mark the players as the race to qualify for the finals looks more indecisive than ever.
A dependency Jalibert?
Deprived of their opener Matthieu Jalibert, touched in the ankle on March 8 with the Blues, the Bordelais suffer without their master to play.
Of the last six losses conceded by the Girondin club, all had the same common denominator: the absence of the young international fly-half.
Before the meeting, the UBB had 60% of victories over the last two seasons with its opener, against 34.6% without him.