Top 14: the dark Stade Français in Bordeaux

September 11, 2021 by archyde

The Stade Français is not there, but then not at all. Unable to develop the slightest major attack, the players of Gonzalo Quesada sank at the end of the match against Bordeaux led by a great Matthieu Jalibert (37-10). Disturbing.

What you must remember

Confusion on all lines. Like their first match, Bordeaux-Bègles (beaten in Biarritz, 27-15) and Stade Français (defeated at home by Racing, 36-21) have multiplied the blunders on the lawn of the Chaban-Delmas stadium. A profusion of forward, balloons left behind, badly adjusted passes, the whole arsenal of clumsy hands has gone there. On both sides. Result, at the end of a first period encouraging a nap, the UBB leads small (6-0). The Parisians were unable to take advantage of Matthieu Jalibert’s yellow card for a voluntary forward (18th), nor the Bordelais from that of Latu for offside (29th).

Gonzalo Quesada’s players defend pretty well, but they can’t find their rhythm when it comes to carrying the ball. The weaknesses seen during the derby a week earlier at the start of the season are confirmed. “We will have to recover because if we stay like that, we will end up cracking,” said second row Yoann Maestri at half-time. The former international got it right. The Parisian defense takes water on two inspirations from Matthieu Jalibert. The Stade Français disintegrates (23-3, 60th). On a penalty, hooker Latu scored a strong try that reduced the gap (23-10, 65th) but the damage is done. The Parisians collapse at the end of the match. They are irrelevant once again.

The player: Matthieu Jalibert (Bordeaux-Bègles)

The international opener was first distinguished by a bad reflex by committing a voluntary forward which earned him a yellow card (18th). As soon as he returned to the pitch, he offered himself a breakthrough by way of revenge (29th), boosted the speed of the Bordeaux attack and achieved a flawless attempt in his goal attempts.

Matthieu Jalibert reserves his masterpiece for the second half. Game launch in the UBB camp, the opener taps to follow over the Parisian line for himself, recovers the ball, passes in the movement to his rear Ducuing, which he finds on a new time of game to send it to the test (53rd). He is still at the origin of the two following tests of Lam (60th) and Seuteni (75th), thanks to dazzling starts and passes with the line.

The number: 0

Two games and no points. The Parisians, red lanterns in the standings, let go of the contenders for the first six qualifying places for the final phase. And they are moving to Toulon on the next day, Sunday, September 19.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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