A collective demonstration
Would UBB not hold its benchmark match with this victory in Ireland against Connacht (5-41). By winning at the 9th place in the United Rugby Championship, Bordeaux have taken care of their entry into the competition. Dominant in all areas of the game and above all very efficient, they controlled the match from start to finish. Despite the absence of Louis Bielle, Biarrey and Yoram Moefana, Bordeaux's three-quarter line once again stood out, while the forwards got the job done with a good scrum and a constant presence in the rucks.
Romain Buros and Pablo Uberti, the other X-factors
Mathieu Jalibert, Damian Penaud, Louis Bielle Biarrey and Maxime Lucu... UBB's backline is full of stars. However, tonight, it was Romain Buros and Pablo Uberti who shone by scoring a brace each. The 26-year-old full-back once again showed all his qualities as a restarter and his kicking skills, as evidenced by the throw-in obtained after a kicking game of more than 50 metres (70'). For his part, Pablo Uberti, a youth academy but lined up on the wing since the start of the season, continues his momentum. He perfectly meets the expectations of his coach and takes advantage of the playing time he is given to showcase himself. In short, between quality, quantity and emulation, the UBB 3/4 line looks great.
Tevita Tatafu, the quiet force
His arrival in Gironde has made less noise than Damian Penaud in the off-season. But he too has made an excellent start to the season and his match tonight confirms the trend. Always in the advanced in his role as a striker, he was involved in three of his team's tries, providing two assists. Active in the game with the ball, he is also decisive in defence with great activity and an ability to scrape balls in the rucks (49′). UBB holds its number 8.
Bordeaux's indiscipline, the black spot of the evening
This time it is of no consequence for the UBB. As has been the case since the start of the season, Union Bordeaux-Bègles were punished far too much, especially in the first half (8 penalties in 40 minutes). If Connacht have not been able to take advantage of this, the next opponents of the Gironde club could well use this black spot. Very often flagged offside, Mathieu Jalibert's teammates will have to correct this issue if they hope to go all the way in this Heineken Champions Cup. That number of fouls in the quarters or semi-finals could be prohibitive.
The impotence of Connacht
It felt like the action was repeated throughout the game. The Irish swept the pitch from right to left, setting pace and doubling their passes. But the conclusion was always the same: a ball returned to UBB. Andrew Friend's players never really managed to break through the Bordeaux curtain and were unable to take advantage of the situations offered by the indiscipline of their opponents. However, often on the edge of UBB's 22 metres, they lacked the accuracy in the scoring areas to hope to compete. Dominated in the scrum (3 penalties against them) and inconsistent in the lineout (3 lost balls), the Irish will have to work.