After a completely missed start, the “blue and white” were imperial on the lawn of the Stade de France to afford the title of champion of France to the detriment of Massy (33-16).
A final is won! And in this game, the Gaudermen cadets of Sporting Union Agenais showed that they had some in the trunk, this Friday, June 24, as a curtain raiser for the Top 14 final, at the Stade de France.
They did the job. They brought the last stone to this masterful season. An XXL season that they complete in the most beautiful way by becoming champions of France at the expense of Massy (33-16) who, however, thought he had done the hardest part. But that was without counting on the determination and strength of character of this exceptional “blue and white” group.
A complicated start
This title of champion of France was shaped in several stages on the lawn of Saint-Denis. From the first ball played, the Agenais showed their desire. Too ephemeral, perhaps showered by downpours on the Stade de France. As if the Agen group felt enormous pressure rising in just a few seconds. A complicated parameter with a start at 100 per hour. The three-quarters of Ile-de-France are trying to find the opening on the long side. The leather is a little too tight. Paul Lalbat wants to give air to his people but is countered. A first alert without consequence since a few centimeters from the in-goal, Kélé, the center of Massy commits a forward (0-0, 6e). But, the Ile-de-France residents enhance a certain Agen feverishness. Lievens infiltrates full iron and finds Hutteau in relay. On the small side, the winger spoils this numerical superiority. Too much again. On the next action, the “blue and white” defense makes a mistake. Facing the poles, Hutteau concretizes this highlight of Massy (3-0.12e).
A 26-0 inflicted by the Agenais
Enough to put them into orbit. Faced with a solid conquest, the SUA is stalling. The opposing pressing too high pushes the boys of manager Gilles Cochis to the fault. On a mess from Agenais, the Ile-de-France third line tore the curtain to send Mauduit to the promised land (18e). And a gap that seems to be widening inexorably, especially as Hutteau converts a new Lot-et-Garonne foul (13-0, 24e). This scenario forces the “blue and white” staff to make changes. A way to break this spiral.
A rather winning strategy with a breakthrough from Tom Menanteau between the poles. Returning to six lengths at the “lemons”, the Agenais had reason to hope (13-7). The rest of the story proved them right. But, Massy does not give up immediately, taking a little further off (16-7, 40e).
Medhi Narjissi and his teammates firmly believe in it. Jason Laporte goes into mover mode less than 10 meters from the Ile-de-France in-goal. Repeated charges oh so precious to wear down the beautiful organization of the Ile-de-France region. The result is completely mind-blowing. The SUA finds itself, flies on the Ile-de-France lawn. The Agen conquest regains color.
It is no longer a question of thinking. Coming out of a fixation point, the young Narjissi leaves on the long side. A combination with Noé Pigatti creates a gap and at the end of the line Paul Protin collapses in the corner (16-19, 49e). Agen is reinvigorated at the same time as the sun invites itself back into the enclosure of the Stade de France. The encouragement of the Agen supporters descends from the bays. Completely found, the boys of manager Cochis drive the point home. The opposing defense swells and the solidity of the Agenais pack allows it to be put to the test. Timéo Gayral takes advantage of this and leaves the last rampart in the lurch. Truly transcended in ten minutes, Narjissi and his family took control of this final (16-19, 52e). They crash into anything that moves.
Massy, who has lost all influence, is completely amorphous. Control is total for the “blue and white”, especially the third line. Nothing seems to shake the regained serenity. A determination rewarded with a new collective force test on the line (16-26, 67th). When there’s more, there’s still more for the SUA. These kids complete this phenomenal success by adding style. A low kick adjusted by Mourgues and Narjissi, well served by Lalbat, caps the defense to flatten. And to be assaulted by his teammates, their angry fists towards their supporters. The SUA is champion of France. There is nothing to say !
SU AGEN 33 – MASSY 16
At the Stade de France. As a curtain raiser for the Top 14 final.
MT : 7-13.
Score development : 0-3, 0-10, 0-13, 7-13; 7-16, 12-16, 19-16, 26-16, 33-16.
Winners : 5 E Menanteau (31), Protin (49), Gayral (52), collective (67), Narjissi (70); 1 T (31) Mourgues, 1 T (52) Protein, 2 T (67, 70) Lalbat.
Defeated : 1 E Mauduit (18), 1 T and 3 P (12, 24, 39) Hutteau.
SU AGEN : Mourgues (Protin, 43rd); Pigatti, Bats (Menanteau, 24th), Narjissi (cap.), Cabarrou; (o) Lalbat, (m) Barrau (Loichot, 37th); De Vincenzi (Rich, 35th), Laporte, Gayral; Roulon, Revol; Dubourg (Devanne, 24th), Darré, Duthil (Delpech Bardin, 67th).
MASSY-ESSONNE : Lievenès; Kele, Mourier, Hutteau, Hermann (Lainier, 54th); (o) Fernando (cap.) (Menigon, 57th), (m) Cabedoche (Bayot, 48th); Mauduit, Pruski, Henderson (Gandini, 35th), Droz, Nama; Leblanc Feron (Wadjou Tomdo, 40th), Chaker (Saiki, 54th), Payen (Cassy, 54th-Lebon, 64th).