IT WILL BE A CASTRES-MONTPELLIER FINAL!
It is over ! Montpellier climbs to final Top 14 after 19-10 victory over Bordeaux-Bègles! The MHR, 2nd in the regular season, therefore faces the 1st, Castres and it will be a remake of the 2018 final. We witnessed a very undecided match with lots of fights and a history of kicks. A drop from Bouthier and two distant penalties from Aprasidze made the decision!
APRASIDZE IN SNIPER MODE (MY 16-10 BOR)
Aprasidze tries the winning kick at 55 meters… AND IT CONTINUES, WHAT A MATCHING MAMMOTH KICK! Montpellier goes to the final!
PENALTY AGAINST BORDEAUX! (MO 16-10 BOR)
Victim of his commitment, Poirot sends a huge blow to the head of Bécognée who remains on the ground. Bordeaux will have to start again…
This is crazy action (MY 16-10 BOR)
It all starts with a monstrous departure from Diaby ahead of his! Behind it Trinh Duc stamps on Jalibert who reclaims the leather. It doesn’t help, but Montpellier was hot!
Concussion for Vergne (MON 16-10 BOR)
Big tackle on Vergne hitting his head on the ground! It will be a concussion protocol for the Bordeaux 3rd line!
MONUMENTAL APRASIDZE! (MO 16-10 BOR)
Punishment for Montpellier after a support from Brodelais who came to pitch himself! Aprasidze will take the points on the 57 meters, it will be a big kick… The scrum half investigates, 16 against 10!
Bordeaux print (MON 13-10 BOR)
Bordeaux finally manages to pressure the Montpellier camp with a small kick from Trinh Duc… Complicated touch follows for the MHR!
Bordeaux saves his skin (MON 13-10 BOR)
Huge turnover for Montpellier getting closer and closer to the goal of Bordeaux! Finally, it’s scratched the other way at the last minute, big Girondine defense!
Trinh Duc misses his drop (MON 13-10 BOR)
Fresh into the game instead of Jalibert, François Trinh Duc tries to reduce the speed! It’s totally missed!
Paillaugue as conductor (MON 13-10 BOR)
New 50-22 found in this meeting and it’s Paillaugue at work! Very interesting detail to follow for the MHR!
Cordero’s Bleeding (MON 13-10 BOR)
On a high ball, Cordero grabs the ball in front of Janse Van Rensburg who puts his finger in his mouth! The Argentinian bleeds from the mouth but takes his place.
Woki-Chalureau attachment (MON 13-10 BOR)
On a carried ball, Woki tries to advance through the center, but is forcibly pushed back by Chalureau! The two men struggle, but let go after a few seconds.
Jalibert is 50-22! (MO 13-10 BOR)
Superb look from Jalibert finding an impressive 50-22 out of his camp! The ball is caught by Douglas from the sidelines and it goes forward!
Ball caught by Diaby (MON 13-10 BOR)
While Montpellier started to set a lot of rhythm, Garbisi is locked up and even the ball is caught by Diaby!
IT’S THE PAUSE! MONTPELLIER IS FORWARD!
At halftime, Montpellier leads 13 to 10 against Bordeaux-Bègles!
However, the Cistes got off to a fire start with a try at the end of the line from Rattez, but Jalibert answered him and took advantage of Guirado’s loss of possession in the middle of the field. Bouthier explored one last drop before the break to give the MHR the edge! Everything has yet to happen in this semifinal!
BOUTHIER’S WASTE! (MO 13-10 BOR)
Just before half time, Montpellier took the lead in this semi-final thanks to a masterful drop from Bouthier! 13 to 10!
Bordeaux seeks itself (MON 10-10 BOR)
Last ammunition for Bordeaux with a touch of Maynadier! The throw is not assured, but a Montpellier player commits an attacker!
PAILLAUGUE MISSING THE PENALTY (MY 10-10 BOR)
Penalty kick against Bordeaux for a foul on the ground. Naturally, the residents of Montpellier will take the points with Paillaugue. And it failed!
Two keys lost by the MHR (MON 10-10 BOR)
We keep looking for each other in the game for both teams! Montpellier has just lost two consecutive touches…
It’s a little rougher (MY 10-10 BOR)
After a high flying start to the race, we witness a more bumpy encounter with some mistakes!
JALIBERT MISSING HIS DROP (MY 10-10 BOR)
In a good position, Lucu opens for Jalibert who takes the drop! It’s right next to the posts of Montpellier.
Paillaugue high gear (MON 10-10 BOR)
Maxime Lucu tries to take a break from the mess, but is made high by Paillaugue! Garbisi was hit in the knee during this action.
FRESH BREAK! (MO 10-10 BOR)
After 20 minutes of play in this first period, we are logically entitled to a cool break!
WHAT AN ESSAY FROM JALIBERT! (MO 10-10 BOR)
Jalibert in opportunistic mode! Jaliebrt takes advantage of a scramble of the ball through Guirado and pushes the leather to the foot once, then a second before recovering and flattening it! Lucu investigates, 10 to 10!
THE GARBISI DROP! (MO 10-3 BOR)
The MHR is no laughing matter and takes the maximum of points! In drop position, Paolo Garbisi takes a beautiful kick! 10 to 3!
Huge kick from Paillaugue (MON 7-3 BOR)
Big shock between Jalibert and Guirado after a bit over the top of number 10! Paillaugue took the opportunity to hit a massive giant kick to bring the game back… 50-22!
VINCENT RATTEZ’S TEST! (MO 7-3 BOR)
Montpellier reacts immediately to Lucu’s penalty! Ball found by Serfontein for the 22 meters and then we play with steps on the step. Garbisi sends on Rattez’s wing to finish the job. In the corner, Paillaugue adds two points, 7 to 3!
LUCU OPEN THE SCORE! (MO 0-3 BOR)
Already two penalties against Montpellier and Mercer! At the level of 45 meters on the side, Maxime Lucu will catch the goal… And it passes, 3 to 0 for Bordeaux!
Montpellier in the 22 Bordeaux (MON 0-0 BOR)
Penalty kick against Bordeaux after attacker taken over by Girondin! Bouthier hits the spot in the opposing 22 meters!
MONTPELLIER-UBB GOES OFF! (MY 0-0 BOR)
This is the start of this second Top 14 semifinal between Montpellier and Union Bordeaux-Bègles! Who will join Castres in the final?
Some players have already wielded the Brennus
In their respective squads, the two teams each have three players who have already earned the Shield of Brennus.
For Bordeaux: Louis Picamoles (in 2011 and 2012 with Stade Toulousain), Rémi Lamerat (with Castres in 2013 and Clermont in 2017) and Ben Tameifuna (with Racing 92 in 2016).
For Montpellier: Florian Verhaeghe (with Stade Toulousain in 2019), Geoffrey Doumayrou (with Stade Français in 2015), Guilhem Guirado (with Perpignan in 2009).
During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Bordeaux and Montpellier crossed paths twice. Each time, the Girondins took over with narrow scores. In Chaban-Delmas, Christophe Urios’ men won 27-23 at the beginning of October.
At the return in April, the Héraultais was close to home (22-23).
Guido Petti back, from the classic to the back
Compared to the play-off, Urios made 3 changes, with Vadim Cobilas being preferred over Ben Tameifuna as the correct prop. Clément Maynadier becomes the titular whore as Maxime Lamothe is forfeited for this encounter, as is Jandre Marais who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Recovered from his sprained elbow, Argentinian Guido Petti returns to the third row. Cameron Woki is therefore on the 2nd line for this match.
Gironde’s line of attack has not changed compared to the playoff with the tenure of the Lucu-Jalibert and Seuteni-Mufana pairs.
Garbisi instead of Pollard, no “Fufu” on the score sheet
Italian international opener Paolo Garbisi will start in 10, alongside Paillaugue. The good world champion Handré Pollard takes a seat on the bench. Orphaned by Paul Willemse, injured in one knee, Philippe Saint-André continues with his pair Chalureau-Verhaeghe in the cage.
Back from a serious injury, international Arthur Vincent will start on the right wing and Gabriel Ngandebe will be on the bench on Saturday evening. Fulgence Ouedraogo, who will end his career at the end of the month, is not on the score sheet.
The composition of the UBB!
desks; Cordero, Seuteni, Mufana, Lam; (o) Jalibert, (m) Lucu; Diaby, Vergnes-Taillefer, Petti; Douglas, Woki; Cobilas, Maynadier, Paiva.
Substitutions: Dweba, Poirot, Picamoles, Roumat, Lesgourgues, Trinh-Duc, Mori, Tameifuna
The composition of Montpellier!
shopkeeper; Vincent, Doumayrou, Serfontein, Rattez; (o) Garbisi, (m) Paillaugue; Camara, Mercer, Becognée; Chalureau, Verhaeghe; Haouas, Guirado, Lamositele.
Subs: Paenga-Amosa, Rodgers, Capelli, Van Rensburg, Aprasidze, Pollard, Ngandebe, Thomas
Montpellier-UBB, kick-off at 21:05!
Good evening everyone and welcome to RMC Sport to follow the second semifinal of the Top 14 live! On the Allianz Riviera in Nice, Montpellier will take on Union Bordeaux-Bègles, two teams that have cracked the first places in the regular phase. Kick-off at 9:05 PM!