Bordeaux-Begles was 3rd in regular season after their huge win at home against Racing 92 (36-16).
UBB will take on Montpellier next Saturday in Nice. This opponent has been beaten twice so far this season. The day before Castres in Toulouse was the first regular season champion.
Christophe Urios' men reached this level for the second consecutive season, each time in the play-off. They delivered an incredible second act, with four registered attempts that swept the 27,000 people present. This was a huge response to Perpignan's snub, on the 26th and final day of the regular season. They were denied direct access to the semis.
The Girondins were well-placed in this initial choppy match. A try by Santiago Cordero at 70m upstream (20) was the result. Although Maxime Lucu had quickly won a penalty, the Girondins didn't panic when Max Spring tried to score a penalty (6-8), and they increased their lead with a penalty from Nolann le Garrec on the restart.
They destroyed the hopes of the visitors in ten minutes.
The Unionists were confident in their rugby and their strength. They were supported by a noisy Chaban and managed to manage the final twenty minutes flawlessly. Even finishing in apotheosis after Ben Lam scored a fifth try.