Limoux in the final four while FCL finishes with honors

Limoux in the final four while FCL finishes with honors
Limoux in the final four while FCL finishes with honors

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Elite 1. The Limouxins, who many believed to be in agony, easily qualified for the semi-final (Saturday in Albi). After a surprising season, the Lézignanais were beaten at Pia, putting an end to an unexpected run at the very start of the championship.

Limoux, always

A champion never dies. Those who buried Limoux a little too quickly are at a loss. The reigning French champion is still in the race and intends to defend his title to the end. In the play-off against St-Estève, the Blanquetiers did not make any details (44 to 10) even if after three weeks of break, the warm-up was difficult, as Maxime Grésèque, the coach, points out: “ We had a difficult 20 minutes where we defended a lot but found ourselves trailing by ten points.” However, the Limouxins were not destabilized, the outcome will prove them right. “We didn’t panic. As soon as we got our hands on the ball, we were dangerous.” Limoux then took the match into his own hands, took the lead and never gave up. “ We scored quickly from the start of the second half and then we managed the match.” Despite a difficult season, the Limouxins find themselves in the final four. “First, we finished 3rd, which is great considering the number of injuries and the many departures during the off-season.” There is no doubt about the satisfaction. “In our group, there is a good atmosphere between young people, old people and foreigners. Everyone is on the same wavelength and pulling in the same direction.” Now, time for the half with a perilous trip to Albi. “We don’t forget that we lost the last five matches against the Tarnais. They have a very strong team with three quick and talented quarterbacks.” But Maxime Grésèque has seen others and is not frightened by this difficulty.

Lézignan, end clap

It’s over for the Lézignan people. They who, since 2007, have always been in the championship in the final four, were unable to cross the jump-off this season. Beaten in Pia (24 to 16), after a very indecisive meeting, the “green and whites” left the competition without blushing. “ In this duel, we were better in the second half. I think we were better than Pia. It came down to a few details. Now we will learn from this season, explains Cyril Stacul, the assistant coach. With Alan (Walsh) and all the staff, we are super happy. With a team that has an average age of 23, we made a final, we finished one point behind 3rd place even though it didn’t come down to much. Although we missed two or three matches which could have given us a play-off at home, we can say that our season is successful. With the staff, we really enjoyed ourselves.” Coach Alan Walsh is on the same wavelength even if in the jump-off, he has some regrets. “Of course the season is successful but as a coach, you always want more, and at Pia, we were not very far from winning. We had a very good match but in the final stages, it always comes down to small details.” The season as a coach remains a rich experience for him. “I had a great season with great players. Lézignan is a huge club.” Cyril Stacul has the last word: “With Alan, we get along very well, we have the same character and the same objectives. Now we will work on the upcoming offseason.”

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