Béziers, leader of the Pro D2 ranking, the fruit of all the alchemy

Béziers, leader of the Pro D2 ranking, the fruit of all the alchemy

Samuel Marques and Charly Malié (in front of Hans Nkinsi), a fiery hinge. Midi Libre – SYLVIE CAMBON

The Biterrois, who rose to first place in the Pro D2 ranking, are happily enjoying their leadership position. Above all, with 17 points ahead of Colomiers, the 7th, they are not far from having acquired the assurance of qualifying. The result of collective work.

Friday evening, ASBH fans had to wait until almost 11 p.m. and the end of the duel between Provence Rugby and Vannes (16-13) to definitely exult. That is, a good two hours after seeing their favorite team dominate Mont-de-Marsan (25-20), at the end of a particularly muscular duel. Taking the leadership position was subject to Béziers beating Stade Montois and the victory of the Provençaux over the Bretons. In short, this Saturday, February 17, many ASBH supporters woke up with stars of happiness in their eyes.

It is true that it has been ages since Béziers was first in the rankings. Just under 40 years old. "For me, the last time was in 1984, when we became champions of France, against Agen, smiles Jean- Michel Vidal, chairman of the board of ASBH.Being first in the ranking necessarily brings great satisfaction. Even though we're only two-thirds of the way through the season, it still has significance. Even if we are not going to ride mechanics, being leader of the ranking and being the first training center in Pro D2 highlights all the work that has been done by everyone."< /em>

Collective work

The fruit of a collective task carried out by Benjamin Bagate, the club's sports director. If being at the top pleases him, of course, greatly, he especially looks towards the team: "When we see her play, whether in her strong moments, or her moments of weakness, even when there are blunders, seeing the players wear this Béziers jersey as high as the " #39;we can only be proud of all this. When we arrive in Béziers and discover people's passion for this club, it's a great pleasure to delight them. The collective we have impresses me . There is so much spontaneity there. Nobody is in the calculation. An alchemy has been created on all levels which makes everything work. Because it's due to the quality of the players, the staff, the managers, the entire club."

Ten more days

Sitting in the leader's chair, the Béziers side also takes great pleasure in looking back. Béziers, which always has its primary objective is to qualify, is now 17 points ahead of Colomiers, the seventh. Ten days before the end of regular hostilities, which can yield up to 50 points (ten bonus victories), nothing is certain. But it's starting to smell pretty good: "We are indeed on track for qualification, assures Jean-Michel Vidal. We can even go beyond (play a semi-final at home ?). But if we have a lot of long-term injuries, it will be complicated. This is the factor that worries me the most."

And the president thought about the duel against the Montois, where even reduced to fourteen, in the first half, his team held on under the blows of a formation particularly solid. 

Schedule: Thursday, February 22, at 9 p.m., the Biterrois will travel to Vannes, now third, tied on points with Provence rugby, second. A hell of a challenge before hosting Brive on Thursday February 29, at 9 p.m. To finish this block of five matches, ASBH will go to Dax on Friday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. I subscribe to read more

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