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UBB vs R92 - Shaky Start in Bordeaux

UBB vs R92 - Shaky Start in Bordeaux

2016/08/20

For the opening match of the new season, reigning champions Racing 92 were beaten (15-9) in a try-less game in Bordeaux on Saturday night. Despite their typically strong defence, after such a limited pre-season build-up the Racingmen lacked the precision to implement their game plan

 

 

It was almost to be expected after scarcely three weeks to prepare for the new season, but for their first away game of the new competition, the Ciel et Blanc got their season off to a shaky start in front of more than 22,000 spectators in Bordeaux on Saturday night. Despite fronting up in defence and keeping the lively Bordelais from scoring any tries, as witnessed by one try-saving covering tackle by Dan Carter in the 21st minute, the reigning French champions were frustrated by simple handling errors and a lack of fluidity in their play. Apart from a couple of promising breaks by Brice Dulin, the Ciel et Blanc struggled to get their game together, whereas the local side was able to stay in the match thanks to their supply of turnover ball, and the poor Racing discipline which allowed their Irish goal-kicker Ian Madigan to score all his side’s 15 points.

 

“It’s a big disappointment, because we came here to win,” said centre Henry Chavancy after the game. “But it was very difficult. We only started training again two and a half weeks ago, and we knew we would not be up to full speed. We just wanted to be uncompromising in terms of our commitment, our defence, and the basics. On defence, it was not too bad, as we didn’t concede any tries, but we lacked the discipline to be able to win this evening. And if we want to win games on the road, we will have to be far more disciplined than that.”

In this shoot-out between rival goal-kickers, in which the Ciel et Blanc were never more than a converted try away from taking the lead, Madigan kicked 5 from 6, while Dan Carter was successful with 3 from 4.   

 

Madigan opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a goal from 41 metres. Before this, however, Bordeaux-Bègles had almost scored a try in only the 3rd minute of play, but some handy work by James Hart prevented the powerful prop Sébastien Taofifenua from grounding the ball.  The Racingmen also had a couple of try-scoring opportunities in the first half, notably when Marc Andreu was within a hair’s breadth of dotting down following a nifty kick through by Brice Dulin, but the flying left winger was beaten by the bounce of the ball.

 

Five minutes later, on the right wing, the Ciel et Blanc again looked like scoring their opening try, but the overhead pass from Joe Rokocoko was intercepted by the opposition winger, and after a desperate 70 metre chase, it took a superb defensive effort by Dan Carter to hunt him down, and to regather and secure the ball from the tackle.

 

After 30 minutes of play, Madigan took Bordeaux out to a 6-0 lead, but just before the break Dan Carter finally opened the Racing account, kicking the first points of the season from 30 metres to the left of the posts.

 

Leading 6-3 at half-time, the Bordelais made it 9-3 with a third goal to Madigan three minutes after the restart. With both teams struggling to gain any momentum in this rather dour affair, it was not until the 60th minute that Racing scored again, with a simple penalty goal to Carter, from 15 metres out (9-6).  Madigan goaled again six minutes later, to which Carter replied in the 70th once again closing the gap to 12-9. But despite the French champions throwing everything into it in the final minutes, Madigan would have the final word in the 73rd minute, slotting a close-range penalty after a simple mistake at the breakdown only metres from the Racing goal-line.

 

“It’s clear that we still have a long way to go if we want to achieve something this season,” concluded Chavancy. It is not just because we won something last year that it is going to be any easier this season. On the contrary, I even think it is going to be more difficult.”

 

Ian BORTHWICK

 

Final score :  UBB 15-9 Racing 92 (HT 6-3)

Scorers.

UBB : 5 penalty goals (Madigan)

Racing 92: 3 penalty goals (Carter)

Attendance: 22,771

    

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The 23/08/2016 by Chris78
Cher amis supporter ciels et blanc! ce n'est que la première journée de top 14 que diable perdre 15 a 9 c'est loin d'être dramatique avec seulement 3 semaines de préparation!!!! en revanche il faut absolument ce rattraper contre le LOU la semaine prochaine et également ce rassurer!!!ne pas engager une spirale négative sur un début de saison!!
The 22/08/2016 by plektor
On va pas commencer à leur cracher desssus 2 mois après un sacre ... Remise en route difficile, ça ira mieux samedi ! L'UBB est un candidat aux 6 quand même. Au boulot les gars et on se retrouve samedi à Colombes pour une victoire !
The 21/08/2016 by bernard
Pour répondre à franckynho je m'apercois à l 'issue de cette 1 journée. Clermont fait match nul à la Rochelle, Montpellier battu à Toulouse, Toulon battu chez le promu Bayonne. Donc pas mieux que notre équipe. Donc soyons indulgent par rapport à cette 1 journée. Notre début de championnat est compliqué, sur les 5 premieres journées,nous devons rencontrer 4 pretendans au top 6 (UBB, Toulouse, Clermont et Toulon ). Je pense qu'a l'issue de ces matchs nous aurons une meilleure idée. Bonne soirée à tous. ALLEZ RACING
The 21/08/2016 by RacinginjourRacingtoujours
Mes amis, c est une grande saison qui s annonce ... Je suis d accord en tous points avec Nobo95 :). Bon, sinon, la saison commence quand ? Parce que hier ..... Tous a Colombes Samedi pour la reaction de nos cirlnet blanc. ALLEZ RACING !!!!!
The 21/08/2016 by franckynho
Désolé, mais Toulon, Clermont et Montpellier ont fini a saison pratiquement en même temps que le Racing. Hier soit, c'était une bouillie de rugby ! 3 Touches perdues sur nos lancés en 1ère mit-temps dans le camp de l'UBB. Comment peut-on gagner sans conquête ? La mêlée nous coute une pénalité au moment ou Brugnaut rentre sur le terrain. Deux attaques en première main ! Dont une finie avec un en avant ! Pire, après le carton rouge, on joue la touche sur les 50 mètres ! Les joueurs la joue en marchant. Pas de bonus défensif, pas de jeu. Bref indique d'un champion en titre !
The 21/08/2016 by Nobo95
Pas réellement une surprise. On a vu le match typique d'une équipe qui a fini la saison dernière très tard (et tant mieux) et qui, de fait, a vu sa préparation raccourcie. Des joueurs absents, des joueurs nouveaux à intégrer, une motivation pas encore totalement revenue et, comme en face ce ne sont pas des pipes ça donne ce résultat. Maintenant il n'y a rien de dramatique, perdre à Bordeaux n'a rien de déshonorant, il faut juste désormais vite gagner à domicile pour rassurer tout le monde et ne pas enclencher une dynamique inquiétante.
The 21/08/2016 by Celtix 92
Résultat logique au vu du match, c'est toujours celui qui a le plus faim qui gagne .......
The 21/08/2016 by olive
Bonne volonté mais peu de joueurs en forme;beaucoup de tentatives mal conçues et mal déroulées;aucun réel danger pour l'UBB...et pourtant la mêlée comme la touche ont été plutôt satisfaisantes.Il faudra donc un engagement plus réfléchi,une volonté d'attaque mieux pensée et surtout des joueurs habitués à jouer ensemble!De trop nombreux changements ne permettent pas,en un match,la fluidité et la discipline indispensables pour ne pas devenir un nouveau Stade Français!!!Du sang froid,les gars et de la modestie:on va vous attendre à chaque sortie!Soyez là et ne vous laissez pas manipuler.On croit en vous.Ne nous décevez pas.

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