ASM Clermont – Section Paloise: the keys to a race with too great a handicap

ASM Clermont - Section Paloise: the keys to a race with too great a handicap

At the end of the meeting, the Béarnais of Clermont Yohan Beheregaray saluted the defensive organization of his team. And for good reason, the Auvergnats have erected a wall then woven a web around their hosts from Pau. Result, the Section had to wait a quarter of an hour to play its first drinkable ball, while Belleau had already investigated at the foot (6-0, 9th) … When she finally managed to loosen the grip thanks to Laporte then Le Bail, the yellow and blue curtain instantly reformed (28th).

Just before the break, Falgoux preferred to put on…

At the end of the meeting, the Béarnais of Clermont Yohan Beheregaray saluted the defensive organization of his team. And for good reason, the Auvergnats have erected a wall then woven a web around their hosts from Pau. Result, the Section had to wait a quarter of an hour to play its first drinkable ball, while Belleau had already investigated at the foot (6-0, 9th) … When she finally managed to loosen the grip thanks to Laporte then Le Bail, the yellow and blue curtain instantly reformed (28th).

Just before the break, Falgoux preferred to make a mistake and take a yellow rather than let Joseph slip away on the try, giving Henry 3 points instead of 7 (16-9, 40th). By dint of stumbling on the defensive line of the band at Jono Gibbes, also the fault of too many approximations and the slowness of their supporters, the Palois were penalized four times for balls kept on the ground. Including three that cost 17 points…

The turning point of the 44th

On a recovery ball, the ASM tries to spread in its 22 meters. Penaud made forward (44th). The Pau melee is sanctioned. But the Bearn alignment disturbs its counterpart on the penaltouch. The potato is too hot and the rugby hooray passes follow one another to Colombet’s wing. The winger does what he can but finds himself isolated and locked on the ground.

Mr. Gasnier raises his arm to sanction him. Belleau finds a penaltouch 10 meters from the Béarnaise line. The big ones from Auvergne take turns with speed and power. Iturria ends up finding the fault at the edge of the ruck, with a charge tinged with finesse (23-9, 49th). A bamboo shot, while the Section was in a good position to score.

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Misplaced penalties

Heckled on the ground, as against Perpignan, Pau retained another through his ugly victory won last weekend (16-14). If Captain Whitelock’s men stole or “polluted” five opposing hits, they lost three penalty hits, two of which were of very high importance. However, it was by mastering ammunition well in the air that they allowed Henry to pick up before the break (16-9, 40th). On the other hand, the stray ball in the 43rd minute triggered the turn of the 44th and the break test for the Clermontois. Finally, a final lost throw took away all hope of a crazy comeback (78th).

Enthusiasm and will

The Béarnais wanted to put a lot of enthusiasm into their game after a lackluster performance against USAP. Rather successful bet. If it was their scrum that gave them the first three points (6-3, 16th), it was their ability to raise and a good game under pressure combined with an aggressive defense that gave them the equalizer ( 6-6, 19th). Even when Raka, served twice at the end of the wing on marvelous one-step passes following well-fixed mauls, scored (16-6, 35th), the Section Paloise did not demobilize.

Moreover, it was just after the “bamboo shot” achievement of Iturria, excellent this Saturday evening and at the end of the contract in June 2023 (we say that like that…), that she raised her head. A fine attack rewarded with a penalty, a well-structured maul and Delhommel flattened in a corner (23-14, 52′). Then, the Béarn pack won the showdown and Henry rewarded him (23-17, 62nd).

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A try for nothing

Problem, while the momentum is clearly Pois, the Section shoots itself in the foot. Following the dismissal, Capelli charges limply and is caught on the ground. Plisson returns the visitors to 9 points (26-17, 63rd). They are cornered in their camp but resist fiercely.

When Hewat escapes and transmits to Daubagna, they are even thought capable of the robbery at the Michelin stadium. But the scrum half is too alone. The Auvergnats put their hands on the ball in the ruck, Penaud seizes it, pushes it at the foot, dribble a little then definitely unclamps the Béarnais (33-17, 76th).

In pride, they will however score a final try at the very end, chaining well-controlled scrums. ASM is in agony and Mr. Gasnier goes between the poles (33-24, 82nd). For nothing…

Laporte, worry

Already decimated behind, with the absences of Manu, Decron, Tuimaba, Ikpefan or Pinto, the Section Paloise can have some concerns. Clément Laporte, very good at the back, had to leave in the 58th minute following a tackle suffered on which he twisted his knee. If Sébastien Piqueronies seemed to say after the match that it was more of a precaution, the former Lyonnais will undergo additional examinations.

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