Rugby (Federal 3). Cruel for Cergy-Pontoise

New recruit from Rca Cergy-Pontoise, Florian Guenard escapes the Norman defense here and scores the third of his team’s four tries. (©JLG)

The picture was pretty on this afternoon of Sunday, September 18, 2022. A beautiful sun, the grandstand full for the kick-off of the championship of Federal 3the friendly visit of Florian Grillthe President of the Ile-de-France Leaguebecause “the truth of rugby is here. We must revive rugby in medium-sized towns and villages. The danger is that our sport is only concentrated in the big cities”.

And, on the ground of Jean Loustau stadiumfacing Caen stadiumpretender to rise in federal 2, a team from Agglomeration racing club of Cergy-Pontoise (RCACP, Val d’Oise) achieving a very good first half (15-10) with three tries from Romain Potonne, Lehoussain Aamarane and Florian Guenard. At the start of the second, hooker Aamarane added a fourth converted by Yann Melotte (22-10, 44th). The only successful kick in five attempts with different scorers. Add the temporary exclusion of two players which the Caennais took advantage of to reduce the score (22-17) and the exit of scrum-half Valentin Breton, injured in the ankle… Despite their twelve-point lead, the Rcacp was overtaken by the score (22-24) by the Normans five minutes from the end. Infuriating.

“The spirit of cohesion is much better than last year”

“A strategic error costs us the victory, we are in their camp and we release a ball that we should have kept, lamented co-trainer Guillaume Pierre. Over the whole match, I don’t blame my players, the spirit of cohesion is much better than last year, ”he noted.

Among the positive points, a conquering touch, the contribution of recruits, Thomas Létoile, second line from Gennevilliers (Fédérale 2), and Florian Guenard, 24-year-old center from Valréas (Fédérale 3), in Vaucluse , who made a successful debut in the black and yellow jersey. “There is little disappointment because we lost this match on a twist of fate, but we are at the level, underlined Florian Guenard. I am starting my career as a PE teacher, I was a victim in Sarcelles. I signed at Pontoise because I have acquaintances at the club. Here, the atmosphere is family and the club has a history”, he said, turning to the giant photo of “Pépé” Loustau, at the entrance to the stadium.

Jean-Luc GATELIER

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