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‘One of the most important moments of the season’ by UBB

WLn little smell the final stages before their time. Castres, Clermont, Toulon, Racing 92, Toulouse, Pau… It’s an XXL size program that awaits Union Bordeaux Bagels for the next six games against several direct competitors in the qualifying race. “We know that until March 10, we will be playing a good part of our season. This is one of the most important moments,” he said…

WLn little smell the final stages before their time. Castres, Clermont, Toulon, Racing 92, Toulouse, Pau… It’s an XXL size program that awaits Union Bordeaux Bagels for the next six games against several direct competitors in the qualifying race. “We know that until March 10, we will play a good part of our season. This is one of the most important moments”, confirms Julian Larly, attacking coach.

“We have had a fairly crucial month of January, notes Remy Lammerte’s center three-quarters. It’s the period when we come off the holidays, when there’s a small bit of decompression compared to the first part of the season… It’s always an important juncture. to negotiate, which we negotiate well for now. But there, when we see all that awaits us behind us, we say to ourselves: The hardest part is coming now.”

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Leader of the top 14 with 9 points, ahead of 2e (Toulouse) and 16 of 7e Claremont, the Girondins must keep the rhythm on this massive block. “It’s better to approach him in our ranking than if we were at number sixe, admits Julian Larle. On the one hand, it’s comfort, but you don’t have to get comfortable with it either. We don’t have much leeway. You don’t have to sleep. Remy Lamirat points out: “We are in the position of prey. These are not hot spots but an indication of the high standards that we must manage to respect.”

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To add more difficulty, this series of matches corresponds to the period of the Six Nations Championship, during which the UBB, like its competitors, will have to dispense with international players (Galibert, Loko, Moivana, Wookie, Morey). Not to mention the injured (Buros, Betty, Kazu…) “It’s a huge revelation for our group, referee captain Jefferson Poirot. At the beginning of March we will know how deep our squad is because we will inevitably lose players during this international period and there may be other injuries… “

This week, UBB managed to find a few guys from the dispensary like Lam (knee), Picamoulis (closer) and Maynadie (?). In this pivotal period, no additional force would be too much. “There are young people who have been waiting for their turn for a few months, they will have their chance, they will have to show us to the ground,” Julien Laïrle supports. In the absence of Gilbert and Loko, Lisgorges and Trinh Duc will have to take charge of the hinge. In the absence of Ducuing (calf) and Buros (shoulder dislocation), Bielle-Biarrey must continue her “quick” apprenticeship. Remy Lamirate recalls: “In these periods, there are also factors of luck. You have to try to get as few breaks as possible, and that is the task of the staff. We are approaching a period where we started at full speed in December and January, and we are in a period of respite. But the group must To get close because we lose our best elements.

Coming out of that tunnel with all the dangers, did UBB see its lead melt? Or will it confirm that it is progressing as president towards the final stages? “The goal that was shown and validated by the team at the start of the season is to be in the 6th, sums up Remy Lammerate. At the end of the tournament, we will be able to see more more clearly if we move to the second goal or if we stay in sixth place.”

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Evaluation

Sixteenth day. UBB – Castres, this Saturday at 3 p.m.
Seventeenth day. Clermont – UBB, Sunday, February 6 at 9:05 pm
Delayed play (13th day). Toulon – UBB, Saturday 12th February at 9:05 pm
Eighteenth day. UBB – Racing 92, Sunday, February 20 at 9:05 p.m.
Nineteenth day. Toulouse – UBB, February 26 or 27 (day and time to be determined)
The twentieth day. UBB – Pau, March 5 or 6 (day and time not specified)