Montauban. Rugby: two tries allow USM to win in a friendly against Narbonne

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On the lawn of the Leucate stadium, USM won Friday evening 12 to 7 against Narbonne. An appetizer before attacking the main course on Friday at Sapiac against the Union sportive arlequins perpignanais (USAP).

The 2022-2023 group of US Montauban tasted their appetizer of the pre-season meal by going to win in Leucate against Narbonne (12 to 7), before moving on to the main course, Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Sapiac, receiving Perpignan and the following Friday moving on to dessert with the icing on the cake with the arrival of the vice-champion of France Castres as part of the Ibrahim Diarra trophy. The table is set and everyone is invited, the players but also the supporters, there were several dozen on the Mediterranean coast. In Leucate, the first squad review took 42 players onto the field, all the others (including the injured or unfit) were seated in the stands listening to their amplified music which they offered to the public. Narbonne hampered his opponent a lot, using his weapons, on the rucks. But, Montauban pressed on the accelerator during the second period to take a decisive advantage with two rookies at the end of the two tries, Bastien Guillemin on a low shot from the excellent Jérôme Bosviel and the pillar Victor Laval who came in support from Espoir winger Julian Hauw to score almost between the posts. Hopes who showed great promise during the third and last period. Some will have been able to hope for a bigger victory “it’s totally anecdotal” specifies captain Maxime Mathy who is not mistaken in his objective “the arrival of Nevers during the first day of the championship”. Winger Bastien Guillemin regretted “having run a lot for nothing”. Coach David Gérard added “in Leucate, the players were not ready to die for the result and we had not asked them. We are happy to have played against Narbonne because of the bonds of friendship that unite the two clubs”.

From Leucate to Sapiac next Friday

The Montalban staff will rely on the analysis of the victory, far from being successful, to work. David Gérard is fully aware of the current situation “we must, after giving priority to physical preparation, intensify our rugby training sessions and that’s what we are going to do” he says clearly. The good old basics of winning balls and using them wisely. After Narbonne club which will evaluate in National, we change caliber, with the arrival of Perpignan (Top 14) to increase crescendo in the preparation “Perpignan is a team of the Top 14 in preparation. The quality of the Catalan group, that goes without saying , will be greater”. However, we will not yet arrive at a certain form of typical team against USAP. “We are going to use this match as a new squad review. I cannot afford to attack the championship by only giving playing time sparingly to all the professional players I have” adds the sapiacain head coach. David Gérard assures him “everyone will have a chance. On Friday, the players will have to prove that in a friendly, they can compete with a Top 14 formation. I especially expect the “guys” on the commitment during the next two matches”. The stage is set.

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