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Champions Cup: why you shouldn’t miss the Toulouse-Bordeaux semi-final



The Garonne derby between Toulouse and Bordeaux will be followed on Saturday May 1st from 4pm on France 2.

For the first time in its history, Bordeaux is in the last four of the prestigious Champions Cup. The opponent is well known, since it is the neighboring Toulouse. This 100% French clash is to be followed on Saturday, May 1st at 4pm on France 2. Here are the reasons to watch this fratricidal duel between neighbors.

Because it’s a clash between rivals
It’s an unprecedented Garonne derby that will be played at Ernest-Wallon. After a historical qualification from Christophe Urios’ players, the Union Bordeaux-Bègles will meet the Stade Toulousain to try to get a place in the final. But the last confrontations in Top 14 of these two brothers give a clear advantage to the Red and Black. With four victories out of five matches, Ugo Mola’s men are widely favored. Also leaders of the championship, Toulouse have a 19 points lead over Bordeaux, sixth.

Because UBB is the surprise guest of the competition
It is the revelation of this 2021 edition. The Union Bordeaux-Bègles is for the first time in its history in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup. After having snuck in between the biggest clubs of the European scene, including Racing 92 (24-21), finalist last year, the UBB continues its way. This time, the match has a David vs. Goliath feel to it for the Bordeaux team, who will have to stand up to a major European club in order to perhaps write a little more history for their club.

A big challenge that they did not prepare at best. Bordeaux has not played since their quarter-final match on April 11. While they should have played two matches in the Top 14, the Bordeaux team has been troubled by positive cases of Covid-19. Isolation, regular PCR tests, adapted training sessions, Christophe Urios’ men had to do everything possible to limit contamination. In order not to jeopardize their semi-final which could have led to an elimination on the green carpet.

Because the Stade Toulousain is already four times European champion
Four times European champion, Stade Toulousain remains the most successful French club in the competition. Experts in the field, the Red and Black have no defeat against a Top 14 team in the Champions Cup knockout phase. The Stadistes can, if they win, qualify for their seventh European Cup final.

It won’t be easy. Weakened by the loss of their winger Yoann Huget, injured then finally very young retired, the Toulousans will have to deal with a line of 3/4 to say the least decimated. They will be able to count on their dream hinge, Antoine Dupont-Romain Ntamack to hope to continue their journey in the European competition.

Because Antoine Dupont
He is currently one of the best players in the world. After his recital against Racing 92, Antoine Dupont has what to scare his opponents. Since his arrival at Stade Toulousain in 2017, then his first steps in the French team, the scrum-half of Les Bleus does not cease to collect the praises of the biggest names in rugby, including Simon Zebo, Irish back of Racing 92: « He is one of the best players in the world today. He’s so strong and so hard to defend. I love the way he plays, » he said in a press conference.

Between speed and precision, the number 9 imposed his style of play to become the undisputed leader of the City Rose. Intractable in defense, his speed also allows him to dodge his opponents. And with the experience gleaned in the French team, the cocktail could well be explosive.

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