Pro D2 – At the start of the 17th day of Pro D2 on Thursday evening, a duel was played at the Rabine stadium between candidates for the final stages. Agenais offers himself a fifth success on the road this season. They grab a 15-16 victory thanks to a try from hooker Sosene-Feagai a few minutes from the end of the match. Vannes concedes a fourth loss in five games.
Agen is certainly a team that exports well this season. At the Rabine stadium, Lot-et-Garonnais won a fifth away win this season, marked by a single empty trip so far, to Nevers in mid-December. On Thursday night, Agenais first turned their backs on Vannetais before finally winning 15-16. And to leave the Bretons only a bitter defensive bonus.
Vannes takes control, Agen hangs on
In pouring rain and in a swirling wind, it should be quite complicated to play well. The actors are especially embarrassed during their long footwork, which often turns into a dead ball. Under these conditions, the people of Water better manage to find each other. They develop well when playing standing. The Bretons relied above all on their power to score the game’s first try, on a ball carried by Patrick Leafa after a touchdown by Francisco Gorrissen (14.e). The second test from Vannes comes from a touch… from Agenaise. After a good counter, the locals took the initiative with Romaric Camou attacking in the middle of the pitch. Then his opener Maxime Lafage is inspired, pretending to be a discount inside to Francisco Gorrissen and then extends the pass to the wing by Nathanael Hulleu. Who scores in a corner (12-3, 26e). And thus validating his seventh try of the season. On the contrary, Agenais makes an effort to stick to the score …
Agenais grabs the win
They seek to concretize their strong moments at the foot of Thomas Vincent, as a first drop, attempted and successful from the start of the match (3e). The visitors also take advantage of their scrum in the first act and they have the advantage of not letting Vannes escape. The opener reaps again (33e and 40e+1) and in the break Agen is still on the lookout (12-9). Vannes regains some melee superiority in the second act, but misplaces ammunition in the area around the key. In this padlock meeting, every mistake can be paid in cash. Newcomer from Agenai Elton Jantjies is showered for his first ball. On wet ground and with a swirling wind he had to attempt a 50 meter penalty to try to close the gap to the score a bit (61e). Lack. Like the fall of Vannetai’s Romaric Camou, slightly out on the right wing and in the 48th meters from the poles. The ball bounces off the crossbar and returns to the court. Fifteen minutes from the end of the game, it would have given the Bretons the opportunity to seek cover from a converted try… On the contrary, it is a strong choice by Agenais, who changes the game 6 minutes from the end. Leading 15-9, they decide to hit a penalty instead of taking the points to return to the defensive bonus. A good throw-in captured by Zak Farrance further and a relay from Michel Sosene Feagai, the attackers from Agen hit the goal. Hooker Sosene Feagai picks up the ball again and finishes the job. A test transformed by Thomas Vincent, which allows Agen to overtake Vannes in the final sprint of this part (15-16).
Agen, solid 4th place in the standings
With this success, Agenais (45 points) temporarily returns to the Basques from Biarrots and Montois in the standings (46 points) before Friday’s meetings. Above all, Bernard Goutta’s players once again demonstrate their ability to perform from their bases and slightly deny a direct opponent. Conversely, Vannetais misses the opportunity to return to the top 6 in the championship. And will have to quickly rectify the situation. They have only one win in the last six games. A balance that must be quickly improved in order to keep in touch with the applicants in the final stages.