It’s finally time for the “reward” of the girls’ high stakes matches, after a season on AC. Certainly, it is not a surprise to find Arcay in the final phase. However, it was more complicated than usual. “The Covid hurt, but we managed to remobilize everyone with a new game project more in line with the new rules on the defensive part, specifies coach Jonathan Franc. I have a group that has the ability to get this shield, but it is above all the mind that will take precedence on Sunday. »
For this, it will already be necessary to avoid the alarm clock, because the Arcs’ouilles will be the first to enter the meadow, from 9:30 a.m., in Nogent-le-Rotrou. A group of 17 girls was selected. The Greater West champion of the upper hen will be designated after three classification matches (in two periods of 10 minutes).
Lionesses on the prowl
For the Lionesses du Cher, in low hen, the formula will be a little different. They will only have two opponents in the classification match. A possible final against the first of the other group will allow this shield to be awarded.
Coach Ghislain Bret nevertheless remains concerned about the ability of his troops, even in full, to be able to string together matches on a day that promises to be trying. “I’m waiting to see how this brand new group will manage this first final phase, he explains. I haven’t set a goal, the important thing will be to have fun and validate the work done since the start of the season. »
2nd series: Sancoins challenges Rougier
The national final phase begins on Sunday for OC Sancoins who travel to Langeac (Haute-Loire) to face RC Rougier (Occitanie) on neutral ground at 3 p.m. “We are going to play in the big leagues, announces coach David Deneuve. Rougier is a complete team that was 3rd series French champions in 2018. It’s solid up front, it has a good gunner and can count on former Millau players who have passed through the Fédérale 2. It will be necessary to sublimate to beat this team. In any case, the group lives well together and we don’t want it to stop. “Sancoins will be deprived of two important players: the pillar Romain Nicolas and the 2nd line François Reboul.
Great west: The young people of the BXV start the final phase in Orléans
Juniors and cadets together.
For the first time, Bourges XV managed to qualify its two teams
young people. They are playing this Saturday afternoon the quarter-finals of the Grand-Ouest championship in Orléans.
First in the regular season, the Berruyers juniors coached by Brian Van Niekerk begin the final phase with a certain ambition. Two players from this group have also played in Fédérale 2 this season: Thomas Vedel and Émile Canivet. But it will already be necessary to leave Évreux before looking further.
Boris Viven’s cadets are also qualified after finishing second and will find Chartres, undefeated leader. “It had never happened before that the two teams qualified at the same time, notes Christophe Linard, member of the staff. It’s been a great year. The training center gives us a lot. In addition, the best of Bourges continue their course in Nevers, but remain playing with us in double license. We would like our teams to be able to play at the national level, but we are still lacking players. »
ORLÉANS (André-Jancou stadium). Grand-Ouest quarter-finals. This Saturday.
Cadets. RAS du Cher – Chartres, at 2 p.m.; Juniors. Bourges XV – Evreux, at 3.30 p.m.
The younger team comes from the gathering between the clubs of Bourges XV, Arçay, US Berrichonne, Saint-Florent and Lunery.
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Rugby – Arçay and the Lionesses du Cher play in the Grand-Ouest finals this weekend [le programme des clubs du Cher]