The disappointed of the first day are fighting back. Like Aix the day before against Istres (34-27 with 7 goals from Kristjan Kristjansson), Chambéry, Limoges and Ivry all raised their heads on Saturday during the second day, after losing at the opening of the Liqui Moly Starligue.
Chambéry, led by the flamboyant Benjamin Richert (11/13 in shooting, including 5/5 from the penalty spot) and Gustavo Rodrigues (7/10), won at Créteil (36-32) despite the formidable performance of Ile-de-France pivot Benjamin Aman (9/9). Limoges brought down Toulouse (33-31) with 13 saves from Yann Genty and 5 goals each for the trio Angel Fernandez – Nicolas Nieto – Romuald Kollé. Alberto Entrerrios’ players led the whole game and scored up to seven goals in advance (28-21, 49th). The Toulouse goleador Erwin Feuchtmann slammed ten goals in vain.
Improbable scorer of Aix (34-27) a week earlier, Chartres was this time on the wrong side of surprise, beaten at home against all odds by Ivry (27-33). The promoted, dominating from the first period (14-18 at the break), already pocketed two precious points with a view to maintaining the goal.
Cesson, alone to refuel
Cesson, on the other hand, confirmed his good start by suffocating Saint-Raphaël (28-24) thanks in particular to his goalkeeper Arnaud Tabarand, who delivered a huge duel to the doorman of the French team Vincent Gérard. After a delicate start to the match (3-8, 15th), the Indomitables returned to the game before the break (11-10) and broke away during the second act. Only, for the moment, to have won its first two matches, the Breton club is the provisional leader pending the last three matches of the day.
On Saturday, Paris-SG will host Sélestat and Dunkirk will host Nîmes, two meetings under the sign of reunion: between the twin brothers Omeyer, Thierry the Parisian general manager and Christian the president of the promoted Sélestadien; and between Franck Maurice, the new Dunkirk coach, and the Gard team he coached for the last eight seasons. There will remain, on Sunday, the Montpellier-Nantes shock, already crucial for the race for the title and the Champions League.