The big hit of this 11th day is signed Oyonnax. The high-bugistes swept Agen on the lawn of Armandie (9-24). In a match without big flights and rough, marked by the faults of hand and on a difficult lawn, the Oyomen were more pragmatic than the Agenais who already concede their third defeat on their bases. Joe El-Abd’s men confirm that this season again they will be very serious competitors for the climb to the Top 14. Far from their standards at the start of the season, Agen concedes a second loss in a row and is now 5th.
Definitely, Montauban finds colors. The Montalbanais chained this Friday a second consecutive victory by winning the Occitan derby on the lawn of Michel Bendichou in Colomiers (19-23). Tied at the break (6-6) the two teams were able to find flaws in the opponent’s defenses after the break and in that game, Colomiers cracked twice, allowing the Tarn-et-Garonnais to win a success valuable against a contender for the finals. They move up to 11th place (they were penultimate two days ago) and start this third block of ProD2 in the best possible way. Colomiers stalls in sixth place with this second defeat in a row.
Biarritz goes on, Béziers gets stuck, Carcassonne blows
Biarritz continues and sinks Massy (27-18). The Biarrots regained their colors by beating Aurillac in the last match and confirmed the improvement by overcoming the Ile-de-France this Friday. Already in the lead at the break (18-10), the Basques managed the second period to obtain a second success in a row which allows them to maintain their fourth place, just two points from 2nd place.
Grenoble had to work to overcome Soyaux-Angoulême (24-18). In the lead at the break (9-15), the Isérois overturned the match in the second period thanks to two tries from Qadiri (58th) and Orioli (74th). Solid dolphin of Oyonnax, Grenoble still does not have many margins on its competitors since Agen, fifth, is only three small points behind. The trip of Fabien Gengenbacher’s men to Colomiers next week could reshuffle the cards in the event of a columérine victory.
On the contrary, Béziers did not come out of it and conceded a fourth consecutive loss at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes (16-10). Penultimate in the standings, the people of Biterrois are stuck in a negative spiral from which they will have to quickly get out or face a return phase to fight not to go down to National. Far from the worries of maintaining, Vannes can hope for a qualification for the final stages since the Bretons are in 3rd place.
Carcassonne can be relieved. With seven defeats on the clock, the Audois moved to Rouen without confidence and yet they won a success that will do them great good (19-22). Led by 10 points at the break, Christian Labit’s men took advantage of Rouen’s indiscipline to pick up and then go ahead thanks to a try from Landman at the last minute.
At the Jean-Alric stadium in Aurillac, it was not until the second period that the locals got the better of Nevers (23-16). The Cantalous go back to 9th place and are now only two small points from the 6th and last qualifying place for the finals. Nevers, who has not won since October 21 and with three consecutive losses, finds himself 12th in the championship.