On Friday evening, RC Fanny hosted Provence Rugby during the 15th day of Pro D2. At the end of an offensive fest, Morbihannais managed an impressive run (35-21) to finish the year in the top five. Here’s what to remember from the game.
Great start to the game
Jean-Noel Spitzer’s men wanted to quickly set their pace against Rugby Provence, a direct competitor in the standings. From the start, Patrick Leyva opened the scoring after a long run in the opposing camp (5-0, 7). Morbihannais then continued his march forward to widen the gap by pushing Aixois to the foul (8-0, 13 and then 11-0, 21). The meeting couldn’t start better for Vannetais.
Provence rugby revives before the end of the first half
While they were in control of the game, the locals accumulated mistakes that had real consequences. Alexander Gou was blocked in front of his own net when he wanted to clear the ball (11-7, 27). A few minutes later, after recovering the ball in his camp, Leo Drott went on to score a try between the posts after 80 meters (11-14, 33). Then Provence Rugby thought of returning to the locker room with a slight advantage, but the inevitable Patrick Leyva was there to level it for the second time (16-14, 38).
RC Vannes unfolds in the second act
More than the conquerors in the second period, Morbihannais made the difference thanks to Romaric Camou (23-14, 48) and then Cyril Blanchard (30-14, 71). Now sheltered, Maxime Lavage’s teammates relaxed a bit, allowing ex-RC Vannes Kevin Bly to score a try to restore hope to his team (30-21, 73). But the building was much better. They also scored the fifth and final try through Eric Marx (35-21, 80).
No offensive bonus, but a place in the top 5
Despite their sure dominance, RC Vannes fail to capture the offensive bonus point, and so can have some regrets in that aspect. However, Paga Tafili and his partners will be able to console themselves with a fifth place finish in Pro D2 before the break. They will travel for their next meeting to Massy (16), bottom of the Championship who have only won three since the start of the season.