Bourgoin is no longer afraid
It was probably not the best match of the weekend won but the 16-9 victory of the CSBJ in Nice said a lot about the people of Isérois at the start of the season. Faced with their pet peeve in recent seasons (six defeats in the last seven meetings until this Saturday), the men of Sébastien Tillous-Borde and Grégoire Pintiaux have delivered the rugby that adorns their business card at the end of summer.
A “fierce defense”, as described by the coach of the Berjallian forwards, self-sacrifice and patience. We saw it with the only try of the game registered on one of their rare incursions into the Nice camp a few seconds after an accidental yellow card to the Azureans. The reception of Dax – also in vain who beat the SOC – this Saturday at Rajon will allow us to learn more about this new suspect CSBJ.
Albi is not there yet
The Tarnais are struggling to get back on track. Despite a smooth start to the championship with the two promoted to the menu in quick succession, Mathieu Bonello’s players have already suffered two defeats in three days. The latest was conceded on the ground of Hyères-Carqueiranne (19-13) which is already causing a lot of concern for its opponents for its first season in National.
Despite a good start, the SCA lowered its flag against the Varois who were sure of their strength. After three days, the account is not there for the Tarnais who have 6 small points and who benefit from Narbonne this weekend.
The fact of the weekend
Bourg escapes the worst
The surprise of the weekend almost came from Cognac. The team managed by Fabrice Landreau, which saved itself in extremis last season, gave Bourg-en-Bresse a hard time, which snatched victory on the wire (27-26).
The Charentais led 21-14 at the break before seeing the former residents of Pro D2 fall behind thanks to a converted try from Kapanadze. Cognac scored a final try at the very end of the game but did not transform it by failing a small point from the Violets. The UCS remains penultimate in National despite this defensive bonus.
It’s not about playing the license plate game. But with 95 points scored and only 29 conceded, the VRDR is after three days the best attack and the best defense of National. Admittedly, the Drômois calendar has been rather lenient so far, but this resounding start to the season combined with the disappointing or complicated start of certain favorites (Bourg, Albi) is already allowing the VRDR to establish its status as a candidate for the Pro D2.