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"Escare is probably more homophobic than Hardake. It's just that because he speaks le froggy it hasn't been picked up and he hasn't been the target of a witch hunt like dear sweet Luke and so his inferior talent is being artificially raised I this thread" said Gary H.
I hope that Simon benefits from the move in a similar way to the way that Larroyer has improved at Hull KR.
He's a big, very strong lad with plenty of heart. Just goes to ground too quickly for me, and rarely gets his nose through the line. The first things you can't coach, the second you potentially can. And as for Vaccari, good effort Fred! Didn't ever really recover from his bad injury a couple of years ago, but never let the side down and was very entertaining for his wholehearted approach.
…and so to Ille sur Tet last week for a game between the touring Cowley College U15's and the local Cadet / Junior set up.
The game, played in the shadow of the magnificent mount Canigou, and in the presence of knocking on 10% of the town's 5000 population, finished 15 - 14 (yes a drop goal again!). A great advert for youth rugby, the continuing value of these exchanges between the French and the British sides, and for the feel good factor as we all left the ground just a touch tiddly from the 3rd half celebrations.
What was particularly notable about the game was that the Cowley side brought their own referee. A young 15 year old lad, who later in the week took pitch side duties at the Dragons v Broncos game. He had an absolutely superb game. The crowd, quick over here as they are in the UK to get on the whistlers back, were very warm in their appreciation of his performance - even given the narrow loss. The president of the club, former French Bernard Llong (one of three former RL internationals at the game alongside Mike Bennett and Pascal Jampy), made a special presentation to the lad in the clubhouse after the game.
"Ambiance chaleureuse et fair play ont marqué cette rencontre entre Ille et les anglais (mélange de plusieurs catégories), victoire cependant pour les jeunes british sur un score de 15 à 14 après un superbe spectacle. Mention spéciale au jeune arbitre anglais qui a été impeccable . Un repas d'après match super sympa a suivi."
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What Pelissier has added to his game this year is the ability to play as a starting dummy half, running the rhythm of the attack, doing the simple things well to a game plan, bringing his forwards onto the ball, rather than running round like a scalded coq albeit a very entertaining one confusing opposition defences and his own side alike.
It started really in the World Cup, where his performance against England was very good indeed. With the injury to Henderson he has really stepped up to the mark and deserves the plaudits that he is now getting. Last year he was struggling at times to get any prolonged period on the pitch from the coach.
I'm amazed as to where the mongrel comes from. He's the loveliest lad you could ever meet off the pitch!