The REC reaches the Nationale 1 and signs a real feat. After Vannes, Rennes is now on the road to professionalism on Saturday June 4, thanks to a resounding victory in Périgueux, which will mark a milestone in the history of Breton rugby.
However, after the kick-off, it was Périgueux who set the tone with a big tackle on the Rennes receiver. If the atmosphere was festive around the lawn with bandas and grilled pig, on the ground the festivities were of another order.
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The battle in the rucks was fierce, savage. And in this game, it was the CAP who started the game better, putting the REC at fault on several occasions. Thus, Caillat took the score (2′, then 13′).
After a quarter of an hour, the Périgourdins had regained part of their nine-point delay.
At 19′, Rennes finally got their hands on the ball and on their first foray into the opposing camp, the Black and Whites obtained a penalty converted by Botica (20′).
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twist of fate
On the dismissal, Brignonen attempted a raise but was thrown into touch. There followed a general fight that the referee did not like, who released a yellow on each side and especially a red for Périgueux.
But even in numerical inferiority, the CAP remained dominant, advancing on each of the percussions, thanks in particular to the overpower of the Fijian pillar Tawake. The locals were thus rewarded with a penalty at the very end of the half (9-3).
Kevin Courties, the REC manager, had announced that there would be recovery or counter balls to play. Thus, on a slip from Ouchène, the back of Périgueux, Dréan tapped to follow and managed to flatten in an opportunistic way, completely relaunching the REC as much as Botica transformed (10-9).
A few minutes later on a mischievous touch combination worked during the week, Gazin surprised the entire defense and air-conditioned the Francis-Rongiéras stadium. The Rennes mattress is then + 17.
But that was without taking into account the power and efficiency of the frontal game of Périgueux who camped in the 5 meters Rennes and scored in force at the end of an interminable sequence by Lavergne (58 ‘).
The last twenty minutes were going to be unbreathable. Rennes managed to settle in the camp of Périgueux thanks to a good game at the foot of occupation and obtained a penalty that Botica, admirable precision, registered (16-20).
With energy, courage and talent, Rennes defended these 13 points and won, in an overflow of joy and emotions.
PÉRIGUEUX – RENNES: 16-20 (9-3)
Francis Rongiéras Stadium: 4,000 spectators, referee: Gasnier
PERIGUEUX : 3 penalties: Caillat (2′, 13′, 40′), try: Lavergne (58′); conversions: Caillat (59′)
boxes : red: Couturier; yellow: Piveteau
REINDEER : tries: Dréan (42′), Gazin (49′), penalties (Botica (20′, 64′), conversion: Botica (42′, 50′, )
Cardboard : yellow: François R.