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UBB-Saracens: the fireworks of the "Patrouille de France", historic defeat of Sarries... Tops and flops

2024-01-14T20:27:13.363Z

Highlights: UBB-Saracens: the fireworks of the "Patrouille de France", historic defeat of Sarries... Tops and flops. UBB thrashed Saracens (55-15) on Sunday at home, in their third Heineken Champions Cup match of the season. Damian Penaud, Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Matthieu Jalibert and Maxime Lucu all scored tries for the Girondins. Owen Farrell missed a lot of conversions, lineouts and clearances.


UBB thrashed Saracens (55-15) on Sunday at home, in their third Heineken Champions Cup match of the season. Find the highs and lows of the match.


Tops

The fireworks of the "Patrouille de France"

What can we say about the fantastic backline of Damian Penaud, Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Matthieu Jalibert and Maxime Lucu. The "Patrouille de France" was once again sensational this Sunday. Penaud scored a brace (35′, 57′), as did Bielle Biarrey (8′, 80′). Jalibert scored a try (52'). Nicolas Depoortere and Romain Buros, who scored in the 44th and 11th minutes respectively, were also impressive. These players, when they find themselves and combine together, give the impression of flying around the field and being unstoppable. With them, at this level, Bordeaux-Bègles can go far.

The Girondins qualified for the knockout stages

Thanks to this (more) bonus-point victory, Bordeaux-Bègles will see the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup. Bordeaux are the third French club to have qualified after Lyon and Stade Toulousain. After a tricky start to the competition, the Top 14 clubs are back in the game. Yannick Bru's players will have their work cut out for them next week when they travel to South Africa to face the Bulls. Never before has a club won there in the history of the Heineken Champions Cup. UBB know what to expect but currently seems to be one of the only teams that can achieve this feat.

Flops

Historic defeat for Sarries

The London team will remember this trip to Gironde. Three-time winners of the competition, Sarries lived a real nightmare on Sunday against UBB. So much so that this crushing defeat is simply the biggest defeat for England in the Heineken Champions Cup. Owen Farrell's teammates did worse than in 2017, when they conceded 46 points, already in France, in Clermont, on a gap of 32 points. Despite two late tries (62', 64') where they took advantage of the many changes made by Yannick Bru, Saracens never existed in this match.

Owen Farrell next to his cleats

Clearly not Owen Farrell's best game in a Saracens shirt. The fly-half missed almost everything. The Englishman looked to be in great difficulty, missing a lot of "easy" touches that could have brought danger in the Bordeaux 22 yards. Farrell struggled in the area of conversions, lineouts and clearances. The Sarries player was also responsible for Pablo Uberti's try in the 78th minute. His kicking was blocked, allowing Ugo Boniface to clear his own goal and Uberti to recover the ball to go over. To forget...

Source: lefigaro

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