The match: 25-26
Shock at the top there too, after a rather disappointing La Rochelle-Montpellier in terms of play the day before, this confrontation between enemy neighbors enchanted the audience (33,000 spectators) on Sunday evening in Chaban-Delmas. Until the end the outcome was uncertain, the very heated discussions and some flashes of genius, hired Holmes and Tambwe on the side of Girondin, Roumat and Ntamack for the Toulouse team, gave relief to this beautiful final match of the first day.
After paying two penalties signed by Thomas Ramos (4th, 15th) for his slow start to the race, the UBB was able to react well, sending a lot of play, in particular millimeter passes in the right timing, overwhelming the Tolosains in eleven minutes, enough time to score three magnificent goals. The first of Rémi Lamerat at the end of the wing, who pushes the last three defenders (23rd). Then it was time for Tambwe, this dazzling South African winger of Congolese origins who placed a brace at full speed on his debut (28th, 34th).
Overwhelmed and under 22-9, Toulouse continued to suffer this match without being able to control their possessions in conquest and develop their game of movement. Unable until then to register the slightest goal, they ended up letting go completely and in a very spectacular way: framing-overflow and chistera by Alexandre Roumat to move Matthis Lebel (56 °), then Romain Ntamack’s undertaking that cancels five defenders in a handkerchief in your pocket (60 °). With these two lightning tries, Toulouse then took the lead (23-23), a gap that remained unchanged after an exchange of goals (Matthieu Jalibert in 62nd, Melvyn Jaminet in 67th).
In an uncertain and breathless final game, the Girondins had three chances of victory, Matthieu Jalibert (70th, 75th) and Maxime Lucu (78th) missed the posts while the Toulousains went to fourteen following the card red collected by flanker Alban Placines for a blow to the face of Bordeaux’s Antoine Miquel, a reckless gesture that could have cost Toulouse, a combative and reactive player, a victory they had been able to build for half an hour in the second half.
The number of penalties missed by Bordeaux (Jalibert twice, Lucu) in the last ten minutes.
The Player: Tambwe was launched like a rocket
For his debut in the Top 14, the Congolese winger (24 years old, 1.86m) confirmed that he is indeed a true test hunter noted in Super Rugby and Currie Cup with the Natal Sharks and the Blue Bulls. Particularly fast, he scored two goals against Toulouse. Bouncing a kick in the wake of Romain Buros before knocking out three Toulousain with a hook (28th), then recording the second (34th) with stunning acceleration in the open field. The referee, after video analysis, refused him a hat-trick (65 °) for the attacker.