Champions League: Rennes heals its entry with a clip that gives chills

LE SCAN SPORT – Stade Rennais has commissioned an orchestra to play the famous music of the Champions League in its stadium.

After 119 years of existence and 65 years of watching the mastodons play among themselves, Stade Rennais will finally participate in the Champions League, whose ancestor was launched in 1955. Breton coach Julien Stéphan encouraged his players to “forget the fact that this is a first in the history of the club” in a press conference. The limitation of supporters, whose gauge is set at 5,000, should help. Not the clip shared by the club on social networks on Monday, the day before the match against Krasnodar (9 p.m.).

You can see the Rennes Opera House, located on the Place de la Mairie, before entering inside. The first notes of the famous hymn of the Champions League, composed by Tony Britten, resound. An orchestra plays “sacred music”, as described by the club as part of a major communication campaign. Then the orchestra is suddenly transposed into the stands of Roazhon Park, where it continues its score.

Stade Rennais then thanked “the Orchester National de Bretagne, under the musical direction of Grant Liewellyn and the Mélisme (s) chamber choir, under the artistic direction of Gildas Pungier”. The Rennes midfielder, Benjamin Bourigeaud, was moved: “Let’s defend in the best possible way the colors red and black across Europe.” Former Rennes players, Tomas Koubek and Kamil Grosicki, reacted with emojis showing their attachment to the club.

“Like all Rennes residents, we are very happy to see Stade Rennais FC in the Champions League and to show our city on an international scale,” commented Marc Feldman, administrator of the Orchester National de Bretagne, on the club’s website . We have several club supporters within the orchestra. Many musicians already knew the hymn. It didn’t take long for them to rehearse. It was done in an afternoon. ” The twelfth man did not wait for the kickoff against Krasnodar to make his presence felt.


FFR elections: Grill appeals to the Ethics Committee – Fil Info – XV de France

Following the re-election of Bernard Laporte at the head of the French Rugby Federation, Florian Grill, at the head of the opposition list, had suggested that he could file an appeal to contest this election. According to The team, he would have decided not to do it but he will seize the Ethics and Deontology Committee of French rugby, having noted certain irregularities. He is said to have gathered articles, screenshots (on social networks and on websites), audio and video files taken while the election campaign was over. The stance in favor of Bernard Laporte by coach Fabien Galthié would also be unethical, the latter being bound by a duty of neutrality.


Quesada: “We inevitably have some regrets” – Fil Info – Top 14

Gonzalo Quesada (Stade Français coach, after the 41-27 defeat at Clermont) : “We have inevitably some regrets this evening! Our team is still under construction and lacks confidence. We need to enter a cycle where confidence will settle! We started very well with the try and a big action in defense, but then we suffered, especially in scrum, which is not our strong point and on carried balls. Despite our mistakes, we were able to create situations on our qualities and we could have been a little more rewarded by the referee. It was our third away game tonight and in our weak times, we tended to get out of our game. ”


Mignoni: “We took Bayonne seriously” – Fil Info – Top 14

Pierre Mignoni (Lyon manager, after the 62-10 victory over Bayonne) : “I am satisfied to have taken five points. We took Bayonne seriously. The big point of satisfaction is the defense on the balls carried. We had suffered in this area. It was important to reassure us. Coming back to the top six is ​​anecdotal at this point in the season. But it’s good to capitalize on and maintain confidence before going to Toulouse. ”


Exeter wins first European star against Racing 92

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The English club Exeter won the final of the 2019-2020 European Cup on Saturday, postponed by five months due to the Covid epidemic. They won a spectacular meeting (31-27) during which 8 tries were registered.

The first attempt was a good one for the Exeter Chiefs team who won their first European Cup on Saturday 17 October against the French club Racing 92. They had never reached the final of this competition and they thus confirmed the brilliant progress of this sacred team of England champions at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

The English players, who played this meeting not far from home, in Bristol, very quickly took control of this meeting. They used their primary weapon, the power and efficiency of their forwards, to score two strength tries in the 8e and the 16e minute, transformed by their opening half Joe Simmonds, to lead 14-0.

Racing 92 relied on the talent of its three-quarters to return to the meeting, wingers Simon Zebo and Juan Imohff signing two tests in ten minutes. The Ile-de-France club did not intend to give up its chance and showed it in the best possible way. But while he was hoping to finally settle in this match, he gave in once again to the power of the opposing forwards, with a try from the mainstay Harry Williams scored just before half-time.

Three finals lost for Racing 92

With nine points behind the restart (12-21), Racing had to succeed in scoring quickly to come back to the score. From the 42e minute, Simon Zebo manages to register his second try of the game and bring the Ile-de-France back to 17-21. Unfortunately for him and his teammates, the English responded immediately by intercepting a pass from Racing 92 opener Finn Russell and scoring a third try.

Forced to chase after the score since the start of the match, Racing 92 never gave up, like hooker Camille Chat who scored a strength test in the 50e minute. A penalty entered by Maxime Machenaud a few minutes later finally allows Racing players to pick up the score, with only one point behind (27-28) and still a quarter of an hour of play to play.

Their efforts, however, were not rewarded at the end of the game, the English defense holding on, with a final score of 31 to 27. The third attempt was therefore not the right one for Racing 92 who lost another European final. after the loss of 2018 against Leinster and that of 2016 against Saracens.


Challenge Cup final: Toulon, a painful apprenticeship – European Cups

Defeated in the final of the European Challenge by an attractive team from Bristol (32-19), RC Toulon missed the first big event of the Bernard Lemaître era. But Patrice Collazo wants to believe in a bright future.

Correspondent in Toulon

At the first rays of sun, this Saturday morning, RC Toulon gets up with a hangover. The one which is tenacious, which makes the head buzz and offers some hints at the bottom of the heart. This Friday, in Aix-en-Provence, the Louis Carbonel band missed the opportunity to lift the first small European Cup in the history of the club, after failures in 2010 and 2012.

Defeated by Bristol (32-19), the Toulonnais abandoned the European Challenge, a priority objective at the start of last season, in front of 1000 people committed to their cause. A painful defeat, as the RCT stamped Patrice Collazo wants to emancipate itself from the glorious past to leave its mark. “The disappointment is immense. I am disappointed for them, for the players, exposes, haggard the coach of the RCT at the end of the meeting. Beyond the errors, we know that we have shortcomings, we have put so much energy into it this evening… ”

Small details, big consequences

Certainly, the people of Besagne will not be able to reproach their own for the courage, the will, and the perseverance undertaken during the game. But, it only took 18 seconds of play for Radradra, former Toulonnais (2017-2018), to send Randall to damn. “The start is very bad, we take a try after not even 30 seconds, sighs Étrillard, captain of the RCT. Against a team like Bristol, it’s expensive. ”

Led by ten points (4e), the Rouge et Noir revolted thanks to Louis Carbonel, inspired against the poles (14 points), and to Heem, skilled to finish a counterattack ball in the corner. Miraculously, Toulon tipped over in the lead at the break (16-10) thanks to its resilience and the clumsiness of the “Bears”, who overwhelmed two ready-made tests. “We all have the feeling of having spun the match on the 1reperiod, says Serin. We had a nightmarish start. We missed some very simple things. We defended a lot. But, we knew how to be opportunistic. “

But by dint of pitching, the ship gave way. Blunted by the moving game and the rhythm imposed by the flock of Pat Lam, the residents of Félix-Mayol conceded 13 points in 5 minutes (56e-61e) due to a multitude of errors: a slip from Dakuwaqa and a return poorly captured by Parisse were punished by Sheedy (author of an 8/8 against the poles), a missed touch in 22 meters propelled Malins in the in-goal. “The match may have been played on this key we miss, concedes Collazo. We lob our jumper, we get free, we miss a tackle, we take a try. There was no one in the jump zone and we can’t control him … It’s these mistakes that make the game go round. “

“I believe the foundations are starting to be solid. I can not wait until tomorrow”

Patrice Collazo

Paradox of this season jostled by covid-19, the RCT will have to switch very quickly to the future. In less than a week, the protected Bernard Lemaître will beat the iron with Castres, in Top 14. Impossible to gamble, Collazo knows it. From the final whistle, he remobilized his troops by forming a circle within 22 meters: “It’s the start of something, warns Collazo. There are too many beautiful things for it to stop there. It is not for today. But, it will be soon. Maybe it was a step. I believe the foundations are starting to be solid. I can not wait until tomorrow. “

In the wake of his manager, Baptiste Serin abounded. “The positive is there. Bristol has spread toast for everyone. Tonight there is a lot of frustration. Now there are two competitions ahead of us. We are very confident. We take a little hit on the head. But, we will receive Castres properly. “Anthony Étrillard made an appointment with the supporters of the Rade club:” It’s the start of the season. We must not put our heads in the bucket. You have to be proud of what you have done. We must retain the state of mind. There will be better days for us. There will be other finals. ”


Top 14: Bordeaux-Bègles with its executives Poirot, Maynadier and Lamerat against Pau – Rugby – Top 14 – UBB

The composition of Bordeaux-Bègles against Pau

Buros – Cros, Dubié, Lamerat, Cordero – (o) Botica, (m) Lucu – Petti, Gorgadze, Diaby – Douglas, Marais – Cobilas, Maynadier, Poirot (cap.).

Dweba, Delboulbès, Flanquart, Higginbotham, Lesgourgues, Seuteni, Tamanivalu, Tameifuna.


Five week suspension for Raka, Robert Lees and Bituniyata – Fil Info – Top 14

The Top 14 disciplinary committee has delivered its verdicts. And hit hard for three players sent off. Clermont’s international winger, Alivereti Raka, is suspended five weeks after a “dangerous tackle” in his club’s Top 14 victory against Agen (31-12). The French international (25 years old, 4 caps) was found guilty by the disciplinary commission of the LNR for having tackled the Agen scrum half Paul Abadie “above the line of the shoulders”. The suspension takes effect Wednesday, so the player will not be able to set foot on the lawns again before November 16. What deprives him of the first three tests of the autumn (Wales, Ireland, Fiji). Raka, however, has the possibility of appealing this decision to the ad hoc committee of the French Rugby Federation. Brivists Mitchell Robert Lees and Setareki Bituniyata also received a 5-week suspension. More lenient sanctions on the other hand for Toulouse’s Rodrigue Neti, Palois Clovis Le Bail and Parisian Luke Tagi, suspended for only 1 week.


FFR / LNR conflict: the clubs respond to Bernard Laporte – Rugby – FFR / LNR

They recall their commitment alongside the Blues, in particular through changes to the convention. And also emphasize their own situation. “Professional clubs are currently fighting for their survival. […] In this crucial moment when the clubs must find their public and their partners who make the bulk of their income, they have taken very important steps by showing themselves ready, in solidarity, to go from 3 to 5 matches of the team of France in the fall of 2020. This position of solidarity cannot receive threats in return from the FFR. “


Carcassonne: Christian Labit positive for Covid-19 – Rugby – Pro D2 – Carcassonne

Christian Labit was absent from the USC bench this Sunday during the trip to Biarritz (defeat 37-10). The manager tested positive for Covid-19, reports The Independent. He was placed in solitary confinement. His team is currently 15th in the Championship. The daily adds that four other cases – two in the staff and two in the workforce – positive for Covid were detected this week.