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L’AS Monaco Rugby avance à pas de géant

28 January 2019 - 9h42

The team led by Luciano Orquera and Sylvain Masson resumed their march towards the top of the league yesterday afternoon, with a win against le Stade Phocéen (57-12).

Defeated in Arles last week, AS Monaco Rugby, who had a slightly revised team yesterday afternoon, put on a show against le Stade Phocéen (57-12), proving that more is needed to destabilise the Monegasques. In front of their fans at the Prince Héréditaire Jacques de Monaco stadium, Luciano Orquera and Sylvain Masson’s players put on a serious match in every respect. As they have done many times already this season, the Monegasques demonstrated their efficiency by striking every time Le Stade Phocéen made a mistake (tries by Verlet, Musso, Cabioch, Sergere, Vallarino, Soler, Uatini, Durrieu and then a penalty try). But they never neglected the defence. It is a proven recipe of the Monegasques, still impressively at the top of their league. An example of ASM Rugby’s superiority is the 37.5 average points scored per match (450 in 12 games!), with an average of only 10.4 points scored against them (125). Winning statistics! Here we look back at the match with fly-half Sébastien Baldacchino.


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With this victory, ASM Rugby is back on track…

“It was an important game in our race to be promoted to the next division. It was won with a wide margin despite quite a few mistakes. The most important thing is to take the five points (four for the win and one for the offensive bonus).”

What was the team’s strong point yesterday afternoon?

“I think it was our concentration throughout the match. We were able to score quickly and regularly as soon as we had the opportunity. We were never threatened by the Marseille team.”

You will play two matches against low-ranked teams (SC Salonais and Le Beausset), while SMUC, second, will play Saint-Laurent and Stade Phocéen. Is this the time to widen the gap?

“The two upcoming matches are crucial for us. It is important to take as many points as possible in each match. To reach our goal we have to win these possibly tricky matches.”


Jérémie Bernigole

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Overview of the match:

AS Monaco Rugby – le Stade Phocéen: 57-12 (26-5 at half-time)

Prince Héréditaire Jacques de Monaco stadium

Tries: Verlet, Musso, Cabioch, penalty try by Sergere, Vallarino, Soler, Uatini and Durrieu for Monaco.

Conversions: Picardet (x6) for Monaco.

AS Monaco Rugby: Jebali, Soler, Frih – Mgeladze, Thomel – Durrieu, Salomon, Jaber – Musso, Picardet – Canino, Sergere, Randriambololona, Vallarino – Verlet. Then: Obino, Piana, Savea, Profeta, Baldacchino, Cabioch and Uatini. Coaches: Luciano Orquera and Sylvain Masson.

Stade Phocéen: Thomann, Daniel, Fabre – Maohousa, Checca – Rigaud, Tavanti, Pigeon – Grosso, Batby – Teillard, Moustier, Batby, Manrouf – Emmanuelo. Coach: Dominique Batby.

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