14 January 2019 - 15h51
It was the clash of the 10th Division Honneur day. Yesterday, AS Monaco Rugby which was 2nd, received the SMUC, then 1st, on its Devens pitch. Assiduous and playful, Luciano Orquera and Sylvain Masson’s men have never left the slightest hope to the Marseillais (29-8) and take the lead of the championship.
Played in October in Marseille and lost by a small point (17-16), the first leg had left an unfinished business taste in the Monegasques mouths. So yesterday at the Prince Hereditary Stadium Jacques de Monaco, they adjusted tactics in the best way possible (29-8). As the SMUC stumbled over them for the first time of the season, AS Monaco (which brought back the bonus point!) has proven that it will be necessary to rely on them in the race for the Fédérale 3. “I am proud of the players because they have responded in combat and aggressiveness. They signed a full match by maintaining a big intensity over 80 minutes”, said Sylvain Masson, the forwards coach. The Monegasques, who received the visit of the head coach of the France national rugby union team Jacques Brunel on Friday, were very ambitious, just like their first try. Instead of opening the mark on a penalty, Picardet looked for the touch and following a long sequence of play, Mgeladze grounded the ball (7-0 after conversion, 17e).
Double good deal for Monaco
Then, 12 minutes later, the same very inspired Picardet listened to his guts reversing the play. His kick found Salinas who, despite the pressure of an opponent player, scored a try amplifying the gap as a result (14-0 after conversion, 29e). “We put the SMUC in a difficult position by laying our game. After the two tries, we went into handling mode, taking less attacking risks and becoming more serious in defense” analyzed Sylvain Masson, satisfied with the players first period. However, they also scored two more tries in the second half (Canino 42e, Salomon 72e) to win the bonus point over! A good deal for ASM Rugby which in addition to subject the SMUC to their first failure, takes over the first place in the championship. Next weekend, Luciano Orquera and Sylvain Masson’s players will have to keep up with this good dynamic as they will move on to the ground of a “fierce and very interesting” RC Arles.
Jérémie Bernigole (avec Délia Kriel)
Photo © Fred Remotiv
ASM Rugby – SMUC : 29-8 (17-3)
Referee : C. Boulay.
Try : Mgeladze (17e), Salinas (29e), Canino (42e) and Salomon (72e) pour Monaco.
Try conversion : Picardet (17e, 29e, 72e).
Penalty : Picardet (36e).
ASM : Jebali, Soler, Mordi – Mgeladze, Profeta – Durrieu, Salomon, Wilkinson – Baldacchino, Picardet – Uatini, Sergere, Randriambololona, Vallarino – Salinas. Then : Piana, Pivi, Savea, Remy, Musso, Barjone and Canino. Coaches : Orquera and Masson.
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