confuses and almost slaps between Urios and O’Gara during the victory of La Rochelle at UBB

Annoyed by the attitude of Ronan O’Gara, Bordeaux coach Christophe Urios touched his counterpart by trying to slap him at halftime in the derby between UBB and La Rochelle, this Saturday in the Top 14. Les Rochelais won 16-15.

It’s an action that will certainly be tidied up in anecdotes, but it’s also a gesture that we don’t like to see on the pitch, and which testifies to the tension that surrounded this derby, far from being peaceful. . Clashes on and off the field punctuated the first 40 minutes of the match between Bordeaux-B├Ęgles and La Rochelle (15-16) this Saturday, during the 22nd day of Top 14.

Bordeaux took the lead at the break, taking advantage of La Rochelle’s lack of discipline, so Christophe Urios had every reason to be happy with the situation. Except that his team had just been penalized for a test action, which could have allowed Bordeaux to take off even further.

A shock from the top of the table

The tension at this moment was at its height on the edge of the field, and it was enough to unpin the two coaches. A slightly too demonstrative celebration by Ronan O’Gara blew up his Bordeaux counterpart. Christophe Urios then approached the Irishman, whom he challenged head to head, before slapping him, which the La Rochelle coach skillfully dodged, under the eyes of the refereeing body. The incident ended there, and Urios joined the locker room after this gesture.

In this Atlantic derby, the objective for the Bordelais, second was to consolidate their position as direct semi-finalists, while the Rochelais had to score points and take advantage of Lyon’s defeat at home to Toulon. It was finally La Rochelle which won on the wire.

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