Agen won 33-11 on the field of Mont-de-Marsan in the poster of the 8th day of Pro D2, The SUA took the opportunity to temporarily take the lead.
Agen strikes a blow! Accustomed to galley seasons for a few years, the SUA seems to be coming back to life at the start of the 2022-23 financial year and here it is temporarily at the head of the Pro D2! The Agenais have indeed achieved a small feat by going to win at Mont-de-Marsan, the flagship team of last season, with a score of 33-11 or opening of the 8th day. The Montois, fourth in the standings at kick-off, one point behind their evening opponents, opened the scoring in the 4th minute on a penalty from Willie du Plessis (incoming post) in the 3rd minute (3-0 ). But Agen reacted without delay. On a 5-meter scrum, scrum half Dorian Bellot extracted the ball and passed it to his back Mathieu Lamoulie, who scored on the left of the posts (3-5). Facing the wind, Raphaël Lagarde failed to convert. Unlike Willie du Plessis, who managed his long distance penalty (on the middle line) thanks to the wind in the 9th minute to put the Yellow and Black in front (6-5). It was then necessary to wait until the 25th minute to witness a new try, and it was Agen winger Iban Etcheverry who managed a magnificent run on the left side to score in the corner, after a candle from Bellot captured by Vincent Farre (6-12). Lagarde then made the addition fuller on foot at the half-hour mark (6-15, mt).
The bonus for Agen
At the start of the second half, Lagarde further inflated the score on penalties (6-21, 56th). But Mont-de-Marsan finally managed to slip into the in-goal in the 57th minute, thanks to Yoan Laousse Azpiazu, who tapped to follow, then took advantage of the misunderstanding between Lagarde and Lamoulie to score ( 11-21). However, this did not allow the Montois to get back into the game. On the contrary ! Agen offered two tries at the end of the match, by Tevita Railevu in the 73rd in the right corner following a good collective action, then a minute after the siren thanks to Mike Sosene-Feagai after a touch and a carried ball. It is therefore an improved victory for the SUA, which puts an end to the invincibility of 20 games of Mont-de-Marsan at home! Agen is the provisional leader and can now pose as a serious candidate for the climb, with this fourth victory in a row. For the Mons, it’s a second defeat in a row, and doubts are starting to sprout…