Rugby: Toulouse joins La Rochelle in the Top 14 final after its victory over Bordeaux-Bègles in the semi-finals (24-21)


Toulouse will find La Rochelle in the final to try to win a 21st French league title.

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The difference between a champion and a rookie is often in the details. The Top 14 semi-final, Saturday, June 19, between Toulouse and Union Bordeaux-Bègles is the perfect example. And as a few weeks ago at the same stage of the European Cup competition, Ugo Mola’s men reminded their opponents how far they have to go to lift their first Brennus. A frustrating defeat (24-21) which propels the Toulouse in the final of the championship of France against La Rochelle.

But it was hard for Romain Ntamack’s teammates. And yet, it was the young opening half who opened the counters with a try after five minutes. The start of a game of cat and mouse during a good part of the meeting between the two teams. But while Christophe Urios’ men were dominant, they were too penalized for their lack of discipline.

It is also on an error of Seuteni, guilty of a dangerous tackle on Ntamack and expelled in the wake (58th), that the turning point of the match will take place. Leading then, the Bordelais will gradually be caught up before having their hair done at the post. If Mathieu Jalibert has long kept the flame at the foot (61st, 77th) and if Uberti also believed to be able to gain the upper hand in the last moments with a memorable breakthrough (76th), nothing helped. The step was too high.

It will therefore not be for this year that the Union Bordeaux-Bègles will experience the joys of a first Top 14 final. As a few weeks ago in the European Cup, Christophe Urios will have to watch Toulouse try to add a new one. trophy to an already well-stocked hall. And learn. Again.



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