Pro D2. Les Montois leaders minimo contre Grenoble (22-12)

Pro D2. Les Montois leaders minimo contre Grenoble (22-12)

Because in qualifying for the semi-finals, already in their pocket since the day before with the defeat of Bayonne in Carcassonne (33-28), they added the icing on the cake: first place in the regular phase, a strong symbol that has nothing of the passport for the Top 14, but which still clears the way for them to the final of Pro D2, where they could find Oyonnax or Aviron, which they will avoid by then.

Fijian orphans

Whoever their opponent is on Sunday May 28, they will have to stay on their toes and raise their level several notches. The TGV from Mons did arrive at the station this Friday, but lately it has looked more like an old, slightly tired micheline. This can be felt in the pack of forwards, like a slightly worn Léo Banos, while the three-quarter line is orphaned by his gang of Fijians.


The Mons forwards seem tired at the end of the season.

Philippe Salvat

The first period, in particular, was close to nothing. In the line, in worse, of the last exit in Colomiers (27-23). The fluidity of the Mons game, remarkable for many months, seems to have vanished for a few weeks, since the previous outing at Boniface, against Béziers (34-13), had not been completely convincing either.

Many penalties on the ground

In question, these numerous penalties conceded in the game on the ground, these supports which are no longer in the right rhythm, and these small technical faults which prevent finding the slightest continuity, without forgetting a declining combativeness. And to make matters worse, the unfortunate Dimcheff (released by the staff at the break) seems to have been contaminated by the same feverishness in his throws as his compatriot Gonzalez, of whom he is the joker. Five balls lost in touch, in total, including four in the first period, is far too much, of course.

Lucas Mensa and the Montois will finish the regular phase in Provence rugby, Thursday May 12, which can still qualify after its exploit in Oyonnax this Friday evening (16-20).

Lucas Mensa and the Montois will finish the regular phase in Provence rugby, Thursday May 12, which can still qualify after its exploit in Oyonnax this Friday evening (16-20).

Philippe Salvat

And yet, the Montois led at the break, thanks to two identical penalties (15and30and), harvested from innocuous scrums in front of the opposing 22 meters, while the Grenoble residents scored on a magnificent combination in touch concluded by Qadiri (3-5, 17and). And repeated at the start of the second period by Halaifonua, throwing a serious cold on Boniface (9-12, 45and).

It took another scrum penalty to reassure themselves, before Latterrade, after good work by the Lestremeau/Loustalot duo, blew up the lead screed (22-12, 73and). The essential is assured, but the staff will have to rack their brains to best manage the approach to the semi-final, marked by a game without stakes in Aix-en-Provence next Thursday – while the Aixois can still qualify after their feat this Friday in Oyonnax (16-20) – then a week off.

Nicolas Garrault was hit in the ankle this Friday evening.

Nicolas Garrault was hit in the ankle this Friday evening.

Philippe Salvat

It will be a question of avoiding injuries, while Garrault was seriously injured in the ankle this Friday, of restoring rhythm to some, while setting the record straight in terms of the game. . But the kind of problems pleasant to solve, a year after having fought for the maintenance in Pro D2.

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