As the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 edges ever closer, we detail each side’s path to the knockout stage, selecting key moments, players and stats.
We continue our delve into the 16 teams with a look at Union Bordeaux-Bègles…
Path to the Round of 16
Bordeaux started their Pool B campaign with a narrow defeat, going down 16-13 to Leicester Tigers at Stade Chaban-Delmas after the Gallagher Premiership side’s fly-half, George Ford, kicked a late penalty.
However, last year’s beaten semi-finalists responded in style at home to Scarlets, running out 45-10 winners as teenage full-back Louis Bielle-Biarrey crossed for a hat-trick of tries on his Heineken Champions Cup debut.
The bonus-point victory over Scarlets proved crucial for Bordeaux, whose opening try of the Round 3 game was a signal of their intent – and immense quality.
The hosts produced a breathtaking team move on 20 minutes, shifting the ball through the hands at tremendous pace before flanker Cameron Woki dotted down for a score which would go on to win Champions Try of the Round.
Your Try of the Round winner is, of course, this stunner from @UBBrugby 🔥🔥🔥
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) January 20, 2022
Flanker Bastien Vergnes Taillefer was an ever-present in the Heineken Champions Cup pool stage and secured four turnovers in two games.
The 24-year-old was particularly impressive against Scarlets as he gained 90 metres over 12 carries, set up his side’s sixth try and made 18 tackles.
- Despite playing just one game, only three players scored more tries than Bielle-Biarrey (3) over the course of the pool stage.
- Only Leinster Rugby’s Ross Byrne (19) scored more points than Bielle-Biarrey (17) in Round 3 and the teenager is also in the top 10 points-scorers for the entire pool stage.
- Santiago Cordero beat eight defenders in Round 3. Only Northampton Saints’ Rory Hutchinson (10) and Stade Rochelais’ Gregory Alldritt (9) beat more.
Round of 16 opponents
Bordeaux face last season’s finalists, Stade Rochelais, with their fellow TOP 14 side visiting Stade Cheban-Delmas in the first leg on April 9 before they travel to Stade Marcel Deflandre a week later.