Posted 21 October 2012 - 11:53 AM
Bemba 's try was a carbon copy of his try in the Championship Final against Pia. He's a decent player but only a last minute replacement yesterday for Simon dropping out. I think the latter & Fakir will be called up for England duty to beef up the pack even more. France only played for less than 10 minutes to secure the win. Other than the soft opening try conceded when Elima lost the ball on their first set I thought they defended well. But some disappointing performances from players who usually turn up. Duport has been great for most of the season at Catalans but was poor yesterday giving possession away at least three times - ditto for Raguin. Pleased with the half back pairing - Bosc's kicking had weight & precision & he had a hand in all three tries. Barthau to me lost his way a while back but has grown in stature the last year or so. He created their best score yesterday with that blindside break. Liked the way he feinted twice to pass the ball inside attracting tacklers before passing to Baitieri. The other scrum half emerging in Perpignan is Stan Robin who's come down from Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Casty was Casty say no more shouldered well by Mounis. Story doing the rounds down here that NRL clubs are showing interest in the Dragons skipper.
Larroyer hasn't got the experience for me to play centre - goldened opportunity bombed with that forward pass to Soubeyras. Schoolboy stuff that simple 2 v 1. Really liked Soubayras's contribution on the wing. Seemed composed in defence & thought his pick up of that long kick ahead super & only denied by great Welsh cover. He's at Pia at the moment & leading try scorer in the local comp. More performances like Saturday & the Dragons could well come calling. I'd move Pala back into his favoured centre position for next game with may be bringing Cardace in on the wing if he performs well next week against Pia. Pelissier too excitable at times wasting possession with that dabbed kick to the line.With all that possession they should have doubled their try tally. If they give up so much easy possession against England they'll take 50 points or more.
Finally bravo to the Federation's President Larrat for taking the match to Lens & making it such a success. I thought it looked good on TV (Bein Sport). Crowd animated & involved. Good presentation. Another five figure crowd following closely on after Toulouse, Avignon & Albi. Great stuff.
Edited by audois, 21 October 2012 - 11:57 AM.
si tu (remi casty) devais envoyer un fax au president guasch?
"Un grand bravo pour tout ce que vous avez fait, et merci de m'avoir embarqué dans cette aventure."
"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."
Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959
"It involves matters much greater than drafting the new rules...the original and existing games have their own powerful appeal to their players and public and have the sentiments which history inspires"
Harold 'Jersey' Flegg 1933