Paris Cockerels vs Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes
Cocks: Maxence Launais (c), Pierre Boscart, Baudouin Germond, Julian Dagois, Stuart Saare, Jake Calvert, Mark Arnephy, Andrew Senkins, Yvan Barbaria, Clement Bouchet, Steven Ryan, Tristan Stanley, Huw Ryan, Thomas Hedley, François Daniel
A late ground change meant that there were some hectic last preparation to organise everyone and everything for the game. Once again a big thanks go out to the volunteers who continue to make these events happen. Without you guys it’s probably impossible and definitely only half as fun.
The grounds of Pershing had dried visibly since the last match with Bordeaux two weeks before. The weather conditions were hot and dry and would test the endurance and stamina of both teams.
The intent was there from the start for the Cocks with the midfield leading the way in on ball pressure. Dags running through the centre, drew a tackle before handballing to Calvert who was left clear to kick an early goal. Hedley was getting front and square to Boscart and making the best of some early opportunities. Boscart was plucking them out of the sky early with some great disposals by all into the attacking zone. Huw Ryan came in to the back line and showed some class defending with the Cergy loose man in our attack meaning that the ball rebounded often. Stanley was getting leather poisoning across the centre of the ground and was doing his bit to inspire the team with a text book tackle in front of the Cock cave awarding him a free kick at quarter time.
Some promising passages of play began to occur as the Cocks went coast to coast in convincing style. Senko could not mark a great defensive contest with a Cergy player but he was able to gather and hand ball to a front and square Bushy who kicked accurately to a leading Boscart. Another lovely kick from Huw found an open Dagois behind play. How he got open there was a magicians trick.
When Cergy got the ball they looked dangerous. They proved why they are playing finals with some impressive linking up by hands. But where there was a Cergy player with a ball there was Mark Arnephy who didn’t give them any room and was taking them down like a bird of prey. Fantastic on ball pressure from Mark who was setting the standard.
Gino was working like a man possessed with a great mark and run out of the backline supported by Senko in another defensive clearance.
The concentration dropped for a small passage in the 3rd with some quick goals to Cergy. The Cocks bounced back though with some inspiring stuff yet again from Dagois. This time a pick up and left foot kick into the attacking hot spot.
Tristo moved into the ruck as some bodies started to falter in the final term. He showed courage typifying the efforts of all players when he ran blind under the ball to spoil a defensive contest.
The skills seem to be really lifting as everyone goes forward. There were some really encouraging passages of play where we were composed and kicked to good targets. People are doing the team things and that’s why the score was what it was at the end of the day. Players continue to put their bodies on the line for their mates, a reason why we are inspired and love to play this game.
|juin 13, 2015||15:00||Championnat de France - Finals||2014/2015|