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  1. French Magic Weekend

    Carcassonne snatched it at the death 30-19 after Albi had lead by 7 around the hour mark. Gutsy effort by ASC to come back against a bigger and more physical Tarn out fit and its five overseas players. Escamilla excellent for the winners with Soubeyras in support.A smashing encounter which will have lifted the locals moral. Albi falling away disappointingly. The none French players don't appear to be gelling with the local contingent - they lack composure on this showing. Last game - St Esteve 34-14 Avignon Dragons reserves then top with a lead of 2 points on FCL with five games to play. Alan - from what I saw he spent a lot of the time alone behind his threequarter line. One example of Cardace's involvement was chasing a clearing kick from Limoux. The ball was rolling into touch as opponents closed in. It held up though and Cardace had to react quickly centimetres from the side line. In one movement he took ball and just shimed past the Limoux chasers and out into open field. Classy.
  2. French Magic Weekend

    Got to see back end of St Gaudens and Villeneuve/Lot which went down to the wire as did the first match-up between TO-Palau with former gaining revenge for the one point loss to the Catalans earlier. Both games finished 32-26 with St Gaudens now in real contention for a qualifying place. The Aude derby lived up to its billing. 8-8 at the break with Lezignan pulling away by the hour mark to take it 30-20. The five former Dragons if you include coach Fakir showed up in this one for FCL. For me Cardace at full back showed real class in everything he did. For whatever reason he never nailed it at the Dragons but maturing wonderfully back on home ground. Both teams meet up again next week at the Moulin with FCL wanting to land a hat trick of wins over the back-to-back Champions. Limoux have lost twice to St Esteve too. Greseque has it it all to do to get the Grizzlies to Albi in June for the finale. It’s not beyond them. With perfect conditions and the sun out possibly a few more than last year turned up. Federation trying their best to put on a show but all this will take time. Plenty of adverts in the local papers and Adsel sites utilised around inner ring road.
  3. French Magic Weekend

    Well a few weeks back Limoux announced a record 350 people attended their pre-match lunch.Its the new bench mark here. I think there's a function tonight at Carcassonne too. For me there's more happening in the Aude now than there was in say 2000.26 x U19's teams in total is heading the right way. Do we now want to see the U16s doing the same. I ve flagged up the Elite scene repeatedly. Both divisions slowly evolving after the departure of Catalans and Toulouse across the Channel. Less overseas players across the board and in 2018 the most even competition its been in years.
  4. Elite 1 Round 13

    Interestingly TO President Sarrazain was alongside Federation President Palanques in the France Television 3 studios in Toulouse when the Semi Final Cup draw was made. TO-Leigh to be at Albi in June. Do you think that TO should have done more 'on the road ' games? They won't be back in a new-look Minimes until 2020. Maybe use 2019 to spread the word. Could have had 3 games at Domec on 5 May!
  5. Elite 1 Round 13

    A rising club touching all the bases. David Fraisse former international centre/ex-Workington Town(?) is involved here and his son Bastien plays too.
  6. Elite 1 Round 13

    Toulon 24-34 Pia Catalans completed the double here. Both teams though qualify I think through to DN1semi-finals.Other four teams play off. Here that Le Pontet will host the Avignon-Limoux clash on June 2nd. Le Pontet glory days 1985-89 when they took part in 8 Finals - did they finish up playing the Chemics in a European play off? Their treize story to display here.
  7. Elite 1 Round 13

    Out standing games played this weekend. Villeneuve 26-22 Albi TO 12-60 Limoux Excellent result for basement club USV again after win against Lezignan week before. Didn't realise that Magic week end draw was based on the first phase results ie after R 9 So the line-up next week end in Carcassonne is now: Saturday 21 April 2pm Palau v TO 4pm St Gaudens v Villeneuve 6pm Limoux v Lezignan Sunday 22 April 2pm Albi v Carcassonne 4pm Avignon v St Esteve * 4 points for a win to be awarded
  8. Surprised that Houles threw in a 17 yr old rookie on the wing here in Lima. Pala now I don't think up for it in the centres - the Batley centre got a hat trick of tries. The skipper struggled too against Toronto out in the backs hasn't got the dexterity, pace et al. Been a great servant to the club though having been there in the earlier campaign 2008-10. TO have to dust themselves down and prepare for Swinton away in two weeks before receiving Fev on the first weekend in May.
  9. Elite 1 Round 13

    Surprise Toulouse 2 from National comp have got so far?
  10. Elite 1 Round 13

    Lord Derby Cup Semi Finals. Double header - Stade Domec Carcassonne Saturday 5 May 3pm Albi v Limoux 6pm Lezignan v St Esteve
  11. France call up squad!

    Dragons playing re-arranged game at Leeds that week I think. Is the Kiwi clash now confirmed for weekend 17/18 November. Narbonne being mentioned. NZ spending a week in Perpignan maybe.
  12. Elite 1 Round 13

    Lord Derby Cup Draw Semi Finals Albi v Limoux Lezignan v St Esteve May 5 & 6 Grounds neutral Magic Weekend 21-22 April Stade Domec Carcassonne Looks like: Sat 2pm St Gaudens-Palau 4pm Albi-Carcassonne 6pm Limoux-St Esteve Sun 2pm TO-Villeneuve 4pm Avignon-Lezignan
  13. Interesting with TO. Backline all-French and building it seems. Dragons the inverse from day1. Catalans plenty of French forwards but flying wingers sparse. Even in UTC days there were Justin Murphy and Steve Hall on board.
  14. Elite 1 Round 13

    U 19s Toulouse 33-22 St Esteve-XIII Catalan Toulon 36-16 Albi Big surprise there is TO beating the Catalans - first loss of the season for St Esteve. This team just local and not to be confused with Dragons U19s Academy set-up.
  15. Elite 1 Round 13

    Villegas played on the wing for France earlier and played at Toulouse. I thought he was Dragons bound at the time but had I think an ACL injury which effected him a lot. Went off to the XV for a while but now back to his roots. Top 6 with top two straight to semi finals and 3 v 6, 4 v 5. They' ve struggled just to get 10 in Elite 1. Would they wish to return to 12 again I wonder? Part of me thinks consolidate for now - the present 10 are coming together and an improvement on last year. Elite 2 also more harmonious, Maybe they should consolidate as well for another term with only Minervoir really struggling. Are Villefranche champions last year and top again this time round looking to promotion. Would they want rising Toulon to move up from DN1. Both Baho and Toulon are the only clubs who have U19s playing in Elite 1.Also factor in teams like Villegailhenc and Ferrals who act as reserves to Elite 1 sides. Is it an issue I'm not sure.