the Dacquois Hervé Durquety and the Portuguese conquistadors defeated America

After three weeks of campaigning in Dubai, dominating Hong Kong and Kenya, the players of Patrice Lagisquet and Hervé Durquety have not lost sight of qualification. They seized the last remaining place on the Group C pontoon at Wolrd Rugby port, holding the United States in check (16-16), beating them in goal average (+113 against +96). “We have retained this qualifying tournament with serenity. These three years of work have allowed the group to grow, explains Hervé Durquety, also coach of the US Dax. The three weeks of competition accelerated the cohesion process. This last decisive match, the boys demonstrated it with serenity and conviction. »

An effective strategy and a happy ending

However, this announced final against the Americans, a dense and efficient team, creates a significant obstacle to the dream of Portuguese rugby players. “We played the strongest team and we chose to innovate in our launches and challenge them on their strengths, specifies Hervé Durquety. We had targeted three key players in their system. The pressure work on these guys muzzled their game. Then I found the guys calm and determined. The leaders played their part and even with such a scenario, we never doubted! »

“For three weeks, it was a race for dehydration. The guys were losing three kilos per game”

However, the conditions for playing rugby were not ideal, as the forwards coach reminds us. “For three weeks, it was a race for dehydration. The guys were losing three kilos per match, you had to be careful with your fluid intake, so as not to risk injury. »


The Portuguese locker room resounded with many cries of joy.

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Nightclub outing

But the outcome of the match is happy. The conquerors lived up to their ancestors, they defeated America. “Our three Landais (Dacquois Rodrigo Marta, Diogo Fereirra and Montois Simao Bento, Ed) took part in this victory. The post-game was huge. Our liaison officer found us a kind of discotheque where a VIP area, “Very Important Portuguese” (laughs), had been reserved for the group and the companions of the players present, ”says Hervé Durquety.

The Portuguese celebrated their qualification until the end of the night.


The Portuguese celebrated their qualification until the end of the night.

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