It is the group leader, almost invincible this season, who arrives in Valence. The Tarn-et-Garonnais therefore have everything to gain this afternoon.
Avenir valencien-Rugby club Nîmes, today Sunday, at 3 p.m., in Valence-d’Agen (E. Baylet stadium). Referees: Mr. Fabrice Alejo, assisted by MM. Damien Jalabert, and Pierre Alquier. The Valencian Federal Hopes are forfeited.
If we say that the Valencian Future plays a small final against the ogres of the chicken, we will not be very wrong. And all the following Sundays, it will always be the same speech. The situation of the “sky and white” is such that you no longer have to ask questions and accumulate as many points as possible. After last week’s success against Céret, there is now a sequel and what a sequel… Nîmes is the biggest thing in the group, it is the leader, and its big team. For the Gardois there is no question of being surprised, and winning once again will be on their menu. The leader’s figures speak for themselves (78 points, sixteen games played, one draw, and one defeat). Far behind, we find Pamiers (54) who will be the next opponent of the Valencians, then Marmande who will close the calendar of this phase for the Tarn-et-Garonnais. It is therefore heavy that awaits the men of the Pradelle-Ben Amor-Vial Pailler trio.
The supporters will have to answer present, and all the living forces of the club are invited to come and push behind the fifteen Tarn-et-Garonne. That won’t be enough though; to win it will take a perfect match from the locals, a good conquest, avoid offering ammunition, hold the ball well, be present in the fights on the ground, be at the end of the actions which was throughout the season the cute sin of Kévin Lecareux’s teammates. Finally, above all, it will be necessary to be irreproachable in defense.
Luck to youth
Jérôme Pradelle is aware that it will not be a cakewalk but he wants to be confident: “Nîmes is a big piece, a complete team in all its lines. The strong point of the Gardois is that they are complete and capable of adapting to the game of the opponent. They are very patient defensively, well in place, and take advantage of the slightest foul on the part of the opponent. In the first leg they had dominated us in the first half and then we had the possibility of coming back; in two or three shots we should have finished behind the line. We could take the defensive bonus… This week we worked well, we have a lot of injuries behind, an entire three-quarter line (Dulay, Peres , Chapon, Furini, Lacombe, Cuquel, Deschamps, Bertram), we bring the youngsters up. One thing is certain, we are going to do everything we can to bring them down a second time”.
The composition. Hellec; Bernard, Henric, Lecareux (leader), Durand; (o) Borderies, (m) Macia; Phono, Mombet, Hunting; Naudé, Vézès; Aouadi, Flanquart, Gouveia. On the substitute bench: Fidinde, Delon, Teissedre, Lescout, Cornu, Pouzelgues, Diniz, Vermond.
No Federal Hopes. The hopes, for lack of front line players, will not play against their Nîmes counterparts. The curtain will be raised at 1:30 p.m. on field A by the juniors who will host the team from the Cassagnes-Beghones agreement in the championship.
Valencia rugby suite
Jérôme Pradelle is aware that it will not be a cakewalk but he wants to be confident. “Nîmes, yes it’s a big chunk, just one defeat and a draw over the whole season. They’re a complete team in all its lines, strong in front, a good third line. The strong point of the Gard is that they are complete and able to adapt to the game of the opponent, they are very patient defensively they are in place and at the slightest mistake they know how to take advantage of it In the first leg they dominated us in the first half and second we had the possibility to come back in two or three shots, we should have finished behind the line with shifts but we failed, we did what was necessary beforehand and afterwards we did not conclude. We could take the defensive bonus… This week we worked well, we have a lot of injured people behind, a whole three-quarter line (Dulay, Peres, Chapon, Furini, Lacombe, Cuquel, Deschamps, Bertram), we bring up the young people, one thing is sure. let’s do everything we can to bring them down a second time, It would do us a lot of good.”
When checking off the names on the team composition, we can clearly see that there is a lack of people behind, but young people are coming up and this afternoon at 3 p.m. they will be there with their enthusiasm and their youth to hold their place well.
The team: Hellec, Bernard, Henric, Lecareux (cap) Durand, (o) Borderies, (m) Macia, Fono, Mombet, Caccia, Naude, Vezes, Aouadi, Flanquart, Gouveia.
Replacements: Fidinde, Delon, Teissedre, Lescout, Cornu, Pouzelgues, Diniz, Vermond.
Hopes for lack of front line players will not play against their Nîmes counterparts.
The curtain will be raised at 1:30 p.m. on field A by the Valencian future juniors who will host the team from the Cassagnes-Beghones agreement in the championship.