The next game to feature in our Matches of the Season takes us to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, as Union Bordeaux-Begles reached the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals for the first time in the most dramatic fashion.
Union Bordeaux-Begles 24 Racing 92 21
Matthieu Jalibert kicked all 24 of Bordeaux-Begles’ points – including a last-minute 55-metre penalty kick – to send his side into the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals for the first time.
They defeated a stubborn Racing 92 side 24-21 to set up a last four clash with Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon.
The first half started with Racing’s Camille Chat having to be replaced due to injury before Maxime Machenaud slotted a three-pointer and Antoine Gibert nailed a drop goal, either side of a reply from Jalibert, to give the Parisians the early advantage.
Jalibert slotted over two more penalties to put Bordeaux 9-6 ahead, before Machenaud returned the favour to see the two sides go in locked at 9-9.
Machenaud twice edged Racing ahead with further penalties in the second half, with Jalibert responding on both occasions.
Jalibert’s sixth successful kick came after to nudge Bordeaux ahead, but the France fly-half then pushed one wide and Racing replacement Teddy Iribaren was able to draw things level once more.
The same familiar pattern followed as Jalibert put Bordeaux in front again before Iribaren responded to make it 21-21.
But Jalibert had the final say, slotting over from 55 metres out to take his points tally in this season’s competition to 63 and send his side through to the last four for the first time.