PRO D2 – Seven games of the thirteenth day were on the program for this Friday evening of Pro D2, including the clash between Grenoble and Biarritz or the trip to Colomiers on the snowy lawn of Aurillac. Discover the lessons of the evening!
Aurillac still sovereign to Jean-Alric
Getting around Aurillac is never easy. Already, because often in December, the weather is in no way clement with the various visitors, unaccustomed to the climate of Cantal. This Friday evening, it was under the snow that the meeting between Aurillac and Colomiers took place. So inevitably, we should not expect big flights in these conditions but rather a big fight in the game and a goalscorer’s duel to move the scoreboard. Marc Palmier, back at the opening, therefore had fun in his garden to score all of his team’s points (15 points scored on foot).
Colomiers can have regrets for his part, because before Galthié’s test, Colomiers had already had the opportunity to cross the Aurillac line. But the Plantier test was refused after video arbitration and the Dove was even reduced to 14 on this action, since Jack Whetton was expelled for unfair play. With only a five-point lead, the Aurillacois held on late in the game and won their sixth win in as many home games this season (15-10). Jean-Alric is impregnable!
The five unexpected points of Rouen
When Segundo Tuculet intercepted the ball in his own 22 meters and was going to plant a killer try on the lawn of Robert-Diochon, few people would have bet on a victory for the Rouennais. However, these Normans have heart! In a second period that they dominated from head to toe, Nicolas Godignon’s men managed to return Montauban, before offering themselves an unexpected offensive bonus at the very end of the match (41-23). It is also in a more than confused action, after the siren, that Rouen scored his fourth try of the game.
Shortly before, Peter Lydon’s try had allowed the locals to break away while in the 66th minute (just imagine) Luatua had put Rouen in the lead, for the first time in the game. These five unexpected points allow the Rouennais to settle at the gates of the top 6. Montauban may have regrets, after a completely missed end to the match, like that in Aurillac several weeks ago. The Green and Black are in the red zone. All this before a trip to Oyonnax.
Provence Rugby is in the running!
They are not making a lot of noise at the start of the season, but the Provençaux are progressing at their own pace. Winners of Carcassonne this Friday (23-6), in a match where they were able to impose their superiority, the men of Mauricio Reggiardo are indeed looking up. Ninth in the championship, Provence Rugby is in fact only two small points from a qualifying place, and five from the podium. The operation carried out is all the more interesting as next week, Aix receives a second time in a row, and will welcome Rouen, a direct competitor.
The opportunity is therefore great for those who were so close to qualifying for the finals last season. In the meantime, Provence Rugby must above all find consistency. Carcassonne, for its part, remains very poorly placed in the classification and worried, like Montauban.
Agen rebels and relocates
That’s it, after three defeats in a row, Agen has stopped the bleeding. This Friday, the reception of Massy, dead last in the championship, seemed to be the perfect meeting to allow the Agenais to revive, but everything was not as simple as expected. Despite Mathieu Lamoulie’s try at the start of the match, the Massicois proved to be more than catchy and multiplied the situations close to the local line. But due to a lack of realism, the visitors never managed to score. Indiscipline then got the better of the Essonne players, since Émile Dayral then made the difference to the score thanks to the precision of his foot.
With this 24 to 12 success, Agen is back on the Pro D2 podium and reaffirms its ambitions in this more than tight championship. Massy, on the other hand, still seems a little more off the hook and is eight points behind Carcassonnne, the first non-relegation player. The Massicois have not won for four games.
Vannes fails to make the break, general tightening in the standings
The Vannetais knew it: this reception of Mont-de-Marsan was capital. Why ? Quite simply because the third in the championship before this meeting received the seventh, with the ambition of standing out in the standings, with a view to a possible qualification in the final phase. But that ultimately didn’t happen. Yet in front of the score for the vast majority of the game, the Vannetais cracked at the end of the match, conceding two tries in the final twenty minutes (12-17). They missed, at the very end of the game, the opportunity to score the winning try and had to settle for the defensive bonus point.
An operation that does not suit them at all, since instead of making the hole, temporarily passing second in the championship, the Bretons are overtaken by Agen, and see all their competitors come back on their heels. Thus, there is only a five point difference between Vannes, fourth, and Aurillac, tenth. A funny fight is announced for the qualification.
Nevers wins the match of fear
To find Nevers, last semi-finalist of Pro D2, among the last of Pro D2 is surprising. Sick, the men of Xavier Péméja received a team just as badly off: Béziers. And this feeling of a match at stake was felt on the lawn of the Pré-Fleuri. And as often during this kind of meeting, it is the lack of discipline that will have made the decision. The Biterrois, far too punished, first suffered Reynolds’ law, despite his clumsiness at the start of the game. Béziers and Victor Dreuille were not very precise and simply relied on a try from Koen at the start of the game. But in the second half, when Akhaladze had allowed his team to get closer, the red card received by Pinto Ferrer handicapped the visitors.
The latter, despite a new try from Uruty, never managed to completely reverse the situation (23-19). They still pocket a defensive bonus point which will count this season, and which will (a little) blow Pierre Caillet.
Grenoble shows character
Yes, the Grenoble residents did not win this meeting against the BO, which logically appeared as the shock of this thirteenth day of Pro D2 (13-13). But this Friday evening, the Grenoble residents reassured well, a week after the defeat on the lawn of Colomiers. Mistreated in the first half, they left Biarritz on the initiative and take the lead in scoring. But in the second half, the people of Isérois were united and showed great character to go up to the score thanks to a big ball-carried.
In addition, in a second act in which they did not concede a single point, the Grenoble residents were able to resist the opposing charges in the last moments. In particular, they recovered a saving penalty in the scrum, a sector that was however failing, five meters from their line. This logical draw between the two teams allows Grenoble to join the top 6 and Biarritz to recover second place in the standings.