Forget the straw bales and the cornfields of Outarville: the players of C’Chartres Rugby find this Sunday afternoon the “ordinary” facilities of a stadium which is just as ordinary.
On the green rectangle of Bourges XV, the partners of Chris Tafili will want to improve on the success acquired last week against RC Orléans (32-16), with a level of requirement to be met, according to Renaud Gourdon: “We are satisfied with our introduction but if we want to do something in Bourges, we will have to achieve two successful halves. Something we were unable to do in front of the RCO”.
Aware of the extra soul to be brought to achieve a result in the Cher prefecture, the Chartrain technician reminds us: “We are well placed to know it. Last year, we had hung the favorites more or less long. Here, the role is reversed. But it’s a fact: there will be no easy match this season. Especially not outside, ”adds the former manager of SA XV.
For the trip to Berry against a team he “has only seen twice”, the technician will make some changes. Léo Halavatau, who was injured (fractured ribs) on Sunday*, will be replaced by the young Bakary Keita while, at the opening, the Argentinian Ignacio Udry, injured during the preparation, will honor his first tenure in the league.
C’Chartres Rugby succeeds in its entry into the matter, against Orléans
In focus for the former Mazamétain and his 22 partners, a first place to share in the event of an improved victory with the two other leading teams: Nuits-Saint-Georges against whom the Chartrains had lowered their flag in preparation (short defeat 27-26 in Auxerre, August 27) and the astonishing Swiss Servette Genève, clear winners of CSM Gennevilliers and leaders in point average at the end of the first day (34-10).
* The Tongan joins Xandre Vos, Jordan Védie and Théo Louvet in the infirmary.
Bourges (Cher), this Sunday at 3 p.m.
C’Chartres Rugby : Futeu, Prudhon, Keita, Cisse, Butchere, Poo Njike, Snyman, Massyn, Nkoy, Delana, Gallo, Hamiaux, Tafili (cap.), Blanc, Alberto, Aboumejd, Udry, Stafford, Kitutu, Harry, Barbouche, Camara, Ndiaye . . . .