Bordeaux-Bengles had an exciting match against Stade Francais, where the latter missed a crucial last-minute conversion that would have tied the game. This error allowed Bordeaux to secure a 22-20 victory and a spot in the Top 14 final, finally breaking their streak of failures in the semi-finals over the past three seasons. They will now face defending champions Toulouse in the final next Friday in Marseille.

The match was filled with action as five tries were scored, all coming off the back of mauls. Bordeaux hooker Maxime Lamothe was instrumental, scoring two tries in the 17th and 21st minutes to give his team a 17-3 lead. Despite Stade Francais cutting the deficit with a try from back-rower Romain Briatte, Bordeaux managed to stay ahead. Back-row forward Pierre Bochaton extended Bordeaux’s lead before Stade’s replacement hooker Lucas Peyresblanques scored to make it 22-15.

In a thrilling finish, Peyresblanques scored his second try in the corner, bringing Stade Francais within two points of Bordeaux. However, Joris Segonds’ missed conversion sealed the victory for Bordeaux, who will now prepare to face Toulouse in the final.

Toulouse, on the other hand, will be aiming for their 33rd title and a third European Champions Cup-Top 14 double after previous successes in 1996 and 2021. They have been dominant in recent years, appearing in four of the last five Top 14 finals and winning three of them. In this year’s semi-final, Toulouse defeated La Rochelle 39-23, with tries from key players like Blair Kinghorn, Juan Cruz Mallia, Matthis Lebel, and Santiago Chocobares.

Despite La Rochelle leading 20-15 at half-time, they struggled with discipline and received red cards for Uini Atonio and Reda Wardi, allowing Toulouse to capitalize on their mistakes and secure a spot in the championship match.

The upcoming final between Bordeaux and Toulouse promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams eager to claim the Top 14 title. Fans can expect an intense battle between these top French rugby clubs as they compete for glory in Marseille next Friday.