Rugby – National Final: Nice, Narbonne’s opponent, arrives at full throttle

Rugby – National Final: Nice, Narbonne’s opponent, arrives at full throttle
Rugby – National Final: Nice, Narbonne’s opponent, arrives at full throttle

On D-3 of the final between Narbonne and Nice in Chambéry, we took the temperature on the Côte d’Azur side where confidence is essential.

Even the gray weather and the light showers which have settled on the Côte d’Azur since Tuesday will not dampen their morale. Indeed, on the Stade Niçois side, it is rather big blue sky in the heads and bodies. As this final approaches, the RCN’s opponents are riding a very good dynamic, and for good reason: they remain on a card against Albi (47-15) to snatch first place in the regular season, followed by a great victory in the semi-final against Suresnes (35-13). All without experiencing any damage, in a sold-out stadium and in front of supporters who only took 24 hours to fill all the buses planned to go to Chambéry to support them. All the lights are green, therefore.

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Physically well as they demonstrated during their last outings, the Azuréens decided, despite the stakes of the upcoming meeting, not to change their habits. “We’re going to have to do what we do every week. We’re not changing anything. We’re not changing our habits, so we’re remaining calm in our processes.”explains flanker Louis Suaud.

Far be it from us to take them lightly

Exuding a lot of calm in recent weeks despite the challenges, Nice will arrive at this final being aware of its strengths, but also knows the value of the RCN and is extremely wary of it. “We have a team with confidence and we are afraid of no one. Now, we have seen what the Narbonnais are capable of doing: it is a team that plays a lot, like us”analyzes the three-quarter center Luca Cutayar. “It’s a very strong team, which came down from Pro D2 not long ago. But we shouldn’t think about that and say that it’s a team like any other”puts third row Ramiha Smiler into perspective.

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And if the last confrontation last January had turned in favor of the Niçois at home (30-16), the Niçois do not intend to arrive on conquered ground. “Far be it from us to take them lightly. At 16-16, it comes down to a scrum where Sunia Vola does the job, and the match turns for us”, recalls coach Alexandre Compan. And if, with a group very largely renewed since 2021 and the last match played between the two clubs having at stake a place in Pro D2 (only six players were present during the semi-final won by the Audois), Nice seems to have swept away the ghosts of the past. However, DNA could also matter. “You feel that there is the Narbonnais public who proudly defend their colors, a history behind them, a past which can legitimately make them say that their place is above. We are well aware of the team that it is They have great strengths, a great game. I’m curious to know who could predict the result today.”concludes the Nice technician.

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