Match Centre: Bordeaux Begles 24-21 Racing 92

Matthieu Jalibert starred for Bordeaux Begles
Matthieu Jalibert starred for Bordeaux Begles

Bordeaux Begles 24-21 Racing 92, Stade Chaban-Delmas

Matthieu Jalibert kicked all 24 points as Bordeaux Begles edged out Racing 92 in the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.

The result means Bordeaux will face Toulouse in the semi-finals in the first week of May at Stade Ernest Wallon while Leinster will lock horns with La Rochelle at Stade Marcel Deflandre in the other knock out game.

Racing 92 had an early setback with hooker Camille Chat replaced in the opening minute and Teddy Baubigny came as a replacement as Maxime Machenaud slotted a penalty to start the proceedings.

Jalibert responded back immediately with a three-pointer of his own in the fifth minute after Racing were penalised at the maul as the scores were levelled. The visitors seized back the lead through a drop goal kick from Antoine Gibert in the 14th minute.

However, both teams were hardly separated in the opening half-hour as Jalibert slotted two more penalties with Machenaud kicking his second in the 25th minute taking the scoreline to 9-9.

As the break was approaching, Bordeaux lost Remi Lamerat to yellow card as he tripped Juan Imhoff and Machenaud was given an opportunity to take the lead for Racing but his penalty kick fell short off the posts.

Eddy Ben Arous was forced to be replaced at the start of the second half due to an injury but the Racing scrum-half with a three-pointer put his side on front in the 44th minute but Jalibert once again responded back strong four minutes later to level the scores 9-9.

An infringement from Ben Tameifuna allowed Machenaud to put Racing 92 in front once again but they continued to concede penalties inside their 22 and Jalibert punished them with two more three-pointers in the 59th and 61st minutes making the scoreline 18-15 as the game headed for a tense final quarter.

Racing were down to 14-men temporarily with Baptiste Chouzenoux sin binned in the 62nd minute for a high tackle but with Jalibert's kick going wide, the gap between the sides continued to remain at three. The home side failed to make use of their numerical advantage and instead it was replacement Teddy Iribaren, who straightaway made an impact with a penalty kick in the 67th minute to level the scores 18-18.

As Iribaren gives up the penalty at the breakdown, Jalibert put Bordeaux at front with his seventh penalty of the game in the 74th minute but the Bordeaux fly-half was penalised in the 79th minute for an infringement providing Racing an opportunity to level the scores and Iribaren executed his kick perfectly between the posts making it 21-21.

Bordeaux thought they sealed the game with a match winning try in the 80th minute but was turned down by the TMO for an infringement at breakdown but Jalibert had the final say slotting a 55m penalty kick to seal a thrilling win for his side.


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