May 22, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Friday, January 28

Absent in Dijon, Benrahou is back tonight (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Like every day, from Monday to Friday, discover the essential sports news from Gard in a few pieces of information.

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What starting XI? At 7 p.m., the Crocos play their first match of 2022 at the Costières stadium against Valenciennes, in a late match for the 21st day. For the first of coach Nicolas Usaï at home, the Nîmes return to competition after 20 days off due to two matches successively postponed. A coach who has to deal with the absences of Ueda and Sainte-Luce (suspended) in defense as well as Cubas in the middle. Upon his arrival, Pascal Plancque’s replacement showed his desire to play with two attackers but Ponceau’s performance during the success in Dijon (1-2) could push him to renew a 4-2-3-1 with a single point. . The official composition will be announced in a few minutes.

The probable eleven: Bratveit – Burner, Guessoum, Martinez (cap.), Paquiez – Fomba, Valerio – Benrahou, Ponceau, Eliasson – Koné


Neither the Alésiens, in white, nor the Aigues-Mortais, in blue, will play this weekend (Photo OAC)

Postponed again! This weekend the four Gard clubs had to play their match late. Because of this damn covid, all meetings are postponed again. With four positive cases in its ranks, this time it was Aigues-Mortes who requested the postponement of his meeting against the NO reserve. “Decidedly, we will not be able to play that one. This time it is we who are impacted. It is quite important players in the workforce who are affected, we are a bit decimated ”, comments coach Yohan Borg. In Beaucaire, we deplore 10 cases between the Seniors and the U18s. “It’s really painful because we have several categories concerned”, regrets the president of the SB30 Xavier Mouret whose pennant team was to move to Castanet. Finally, Alès will not face Toulouse II either because after the Cévennes the first time, there it is the Haut-Garonne who asked for a postponement with six positive players. No new date has yet been announced, but the earliest date appears to be February 19.


Teodor Paul is back for the match against Saint-Raphaël (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Eight pros against Saint-Raph’. This Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Parnasse, USAM receives Saint-Raphaël for its last preparation match. One week away from returning to competition against Cesson, Franck Maurice can count on only eight pro players available for this friendly match, including Michaël Guigou, who is celebrating his 40th birthday today. It is only on the right-back position where the two usual holders are present: Tobie and Mr. Salou. Fortunately, Nîmes can count on its reserve team with the presence of six elements. In addition to Desbonnet’s presence at the Euro with the France team, nine players are still in the infirmary: R. Salou, Hesham, Tesio, Jakobsen, Gallego, Nyateu, Acquevillo, Dupuy and Rebichon. The last three cities could be back for the trip to Brittany next week.

The selected group: Paul, Keller; Esposito, Vincent, Minel, Pugliese, Guigou, Yasuhira, Tobie, M. Salou, Sanad, Gibernon, Poyet, Joblon.


Finally it works! After three matches postponed in January, the Rugby Club Nîmes should finally play in 2022, unless the situation turns around, this Sunday against Toec Toac at the Kaufmann stadium (at 3:30 p.m.). A time threatened because of cases of covid in the formation of the Toulouse suburbs, no request for postponement has been made. During this 16th day of Fédérale 1, the Nîmes return to the field after more than a month of stoppage. The last outing dates back to the success against Graulhet (37-30), on December 19. Facing the tenth of this Pool C, the only team to have beaten the RCN this season (23-20), Nîmes, who fell to third place, are aiming for victory to stay in contact with Pamiers. For this meeting, the hinge will be composed of D. Pichard and Debladis, Darmon is also the holder.

Starting XV: Nouri, Benyachou, Oliver – Gely, Vernier (cap.) – Llabres, Barnerias, Sparano – D. Pichard, Debladis – Chiker, Darmon, R.Pichard, Valderrama – Roche. Replacements: Nierat, Duprat, Lanauve, Tonin, Berthault, Guillimin, Mazet, Ciccioli.