Bristol rue ill-discipline as Jalibert takes Bordeaux into final eight

Bristol have dominated the roost within the Premiership this season however their European ventures are over. Within the sunshine of the spectacular Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux grew to become the fifth French membership to achieve the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, thanks primarily to 24 factors from the France fly-half Matthieu Jalibert.

After a controversial afternoon Bordeaux will meet Racing 92 who gave a masterclass in attacking rugby towards Edinburgh in Paris earlier within the afternoon. Bordeaux strangled the life out of this match however will should be sharper than this to fret Teddy Thomas and his friends.

Bordeaux’s first two tries got here after choices by the video referee, the second significantly contentious, and an interception by substitute Nans Ducuing within the ultimate seconds put a gloss on the scoreline.

That second attempt as Bristol clawed themselves again into the sport appeared to come back after a deliberate knock-on by Bordeaux’s Australian No 8 Scott Higginbotham.

Pat Lam, Bristol’s director of rugby, mentioned: “We noticed that try to the gamers knew 100% that it was a knock-on. However we’ve got to roll with these choices. I believe we began properly however in the end our self-discipline allow us to down. There’s a huge sense of frustration as a result of we gifted them numerous factors and since we knew we have been adequate to win.”

Callum Sheedy had taken over the Bristol captaincy from the injured Steven Luatau whereas just a few eyebrows had been raised with the dropping of Piers O’Conor, touted as a doable England participant lately, to the bench with Alapati Leiua sporting the No 12 shirt. O’Conor’s late attempt towards Bordeaux secured Bristol’s win within the semi-finals of the Problem Cup final yr, a contest the Bears went on to win.

Bordeaux full-back Nans Ducuing scores his aspect’s third attempt. {Photograph}: Romain Perrocheau/AFP/Getty Photographs

The rejigged Bears’ backline clicked into gear fairly shortly, although. With the robust solar behind them Bristol gained a lineout and moved the ball swiftly for Charles Piutau to offer Henry Purdy the possibility to motor over within the nook.

Jalibert and Sheedy swapped penalties with the Scottish referee Mike Adamson fast to put down the regulation. The France fly-half’s third penalty from the midway line was a warning to Bristol to not get on the official’s flawed aspect.

Jalibert, so prolific throughout the Six Nations, put Bordeaux forward for the primary time together with his fifth penalty on the stroke of half-time. Bordeaux have been starting to check the mettle of the Bristol defence and had many of the territory throughout the first 40 minutes with the Bears unable to offer the harmful centre Semi Radrada, as soon as of Bordeaux, a lot alternative to get into the sport.

Bristol have been unable to play the high-tempo recreation that has served them so properly within the Premiership as Bordeaux’s tactical kicking pinned them again in their very own half.

After the break Jalibert turned the sport Bordeaux’s method when he squeezed over for his or her first attempt from a scrum near the Bristol line. Sheedy did terrifically properly to burrow below his reverse quantity however the video referee dominated that Jalibert was simply over the road when he grounded the ball.

O’Conor got here on to pep up the Bristol assault and the Bears stormed again. They gained a scrum and Purdy appeared to have scored one other attempt within the nook however Romain Buros stripped the wing of the ball as he dived over the road. It was an excellent response to the Jalibert attempt, although, and Sheedy landed one other penalty to slim the Bordeaux lead.

Bristol’s self-discipline was nonetheless letting them down, nevertheless, and so they heard the dreaded sound of Mr Adamson’s whistle once more. Surprisingly, Jalibert missed the easy penalty, a let-off Bristol desperately wanted. A chance beckoned for Bristol when the substitute Kane Douglas was proven a yellow card for diving right into a ruck however the Bears continued to make irritating errors after they labored their method into good attacking positions.

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The 14 males of Bordeaux turned the ball over and went on the assault to offer the substitute hooker, Joseph Dweba, the possibility of a attempt. There gave the impression to be a nudge ahead by Higginbotham however the video referee as soon as once more gave the house aspect the advantage of the doubt. It was robust on Bristol and issues obtained worse when their substitute scrum-half, Harry Randell, was taken off after a heavy sort out.

“Harry was taken out of the sport and if you happen to don’t have a scrum-half for 5 minutes it makes life very tough,” added Lam with a contact of understatement. It was a painful afternoon all spherical for the Bears.

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