10 days into the championship, RC Vannes is fourth in Pro D2 thanks to a good start to the season. For You, Ti Sport relives that first third of the championship by reviewing the RCV’s strengths and weaknesses. Before Friday’s game (7:30 pm) against Béziers.
Eleventh in the championship last year, FC Van was out of the game in the race for 14th place. This season, the Breton team has surprised many by playing the lead once again, cruising between a head and fourth place in Pro D2.
Heavy attack by Maxime Lavage
Van attack has been very effective this season. Fifth best in the championship in the field with 234 points, RC Vannes is better than almost all of its rivals for the podium. Only Oyonnax and Biarritz scored more points while Colomiers, Agen, Rouen, Nevers and Grenoble were less dangerous in the attacking sector.
It is no coincidence that Vanetti scores so many points, they have the tournament’s top scorer, Maxime Lavage, in their ranks. The fly-half has accumulated a total of 114 points this season, nearly half of the team’s points. A master of kicks, he has conceded 24 penalties and converted 16 attempts. To complete this good record on foot, he also scored 2 tries, an area not his favored area and he is assisted by his winger Nathaniel Hughio (5 tries).
Defense can improve
On defense, the record is less good. In his first 10 matches, Van conceded 224 points (27 attempts), making him the eighth-best in the tournament. If Vanetta outpace most of their rivals in attack, the opposite happens in defense because only Biarritz and Roenne are less good at the moment. Thus, defense is the key point of improvement if Jean-Noel Spitzer’s men are to do a better job.
Good follow up against Bezier
During these first ten days, RC Fanny won several important victories against direct podium competitors such as Biarritz, Colomiere or Grenoble. These victories are key and will allow players to approach the final matches from this stage, calmly advancing against more affordable opponents, even if it is still necessary to be careful. Friday begins with the reception of Béziers in Labinne.