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Rugby - Pro D2 : ce qu'il faut savoir sur le sprint final

Par Germain Arrigoni, France Bleu vendredi 27 mars 2015 à 16:31

La Section paloise jouera à Montpellier jeudi 13 août en match amical
La Section paloise jouera à Montpellier jeudi 13 août en match amical © Maxppp

Alors qu'il reste six journées de Pro D2 avant la fin de la saison régulière, francebleu.fr fait le point ce vendredi sur les équipes en course pour la montée en Top 14 et celles qui luttent pour le maintien.

Alors que la 25e journée de Pro D2 s'ouvre ce samedi, les écarts de points sont encore serrés dans la course à la phase finale où seules deux équipes pourront jouer dans l'élite la saison prochaine. Le dénouement est encore loin d'être dessiné également dans la lutte pour le maintien avant la fin de la saison régulière le 10 mai prochain.

Pau, leader intouchable ?

La première place du classement est synonyme de montée directe dans l'élite. Derrière, les quatre autres places (2e à 5e) donnent le droit de disputer les demi-finales puis la finale d'accession le 24 mai à Toulouse. Le vainqueur prendra l'ascenseur direction le Top 14.

Et à ce petit jeu, la Section paloise (1er, 83 points) possède une avance confortable en tête du championnat. Pau compte 15 points sur son dauphin et, sauf catastrophe, devrait se frotter avec les grosses écuries du ballon ovale la saison prochaine. Prudence tout de même car dans la dernière ligne droite, les Palois affrontent trois concurrents directs du Top 5 : Perpignan, Mont-De-Marsan et Agen.  Derrière, le bal des prétendants s'annonce passionnant à suivre : sept équipes se tiennent en dix points pour espérer jouer les demies !

Perpignan (2e, 68 points), est bien placé pour rester dans les cinq premières places. L'USAP, qui est descendue la saison passée, espère vite remonter. Les Catalans, invaincus à domicile, veulent frapper un grand coup dimanche avec le choc contre le leader palois.Mont-de-Marsan (3e, 64 points) est bien parti également pour disputer les demi-finales. Mais le Stade Montois a un calendrier chargé lors deux prochaines journées en recevant Biarritz et en se déplaçant à Pau.Agen (4e, 62 points) doit faire attention à ne pas se faire éjecter des cinq premières places. Le SUA serait donc bien inspiré de retrouver l'allant qui lui avait permis d'aligner cinq victoires de fin décembre à début février avant de subir trois revers lors des cinq dernières journées. Relégué la saison passée, Biarritz (5e, 62 points) espère retrouver l'élite. Les Biarrots ont l'un des calendriers les plus favorables : après s'être déplacé à Mont-de-Marsan, le BO n'affrontera plus d'équipe du Top 5.

Dewaldt Duvenage, demi-de-mêlée de l'USAP - Maxppp
Dewaldt Duvenage, demi-de-mêlée de l'USAP © Maxppp

Aux portes de la phase finale, Aurillac (6e, 61 points), Albi (7e, 59 points) et Montauban (8e, 58 points) ont encore toutes leurs chances de décrocher leur ticket pour les demi-finales. Le Stade Aurillacois ne sera opposé qu'à deux "gros" : Perpignan et Mont-de-Marsan. Le SCA a une fin de saison délicate à gérer avec l'USAP et Pau à défier lors des dernières journées. Quant à l'USM, le promu possède le calendrier le plus compliqué avec Pau, Mont-de-Marsan et Agen sur sa route avant la 30e et dernière journée. 

Suspense pour le maintien

Les deux dernières équipes seront reléguées en Fédérale 1 à la fin de la saison. Et la course est également serrée dans le bas du tableau avec quatre équipes qui se tiennent en trois points. 

Lanterne rouge, Massy (16e, 34 points) compte trois points de retard sur la première équipe non relégable. Le club de l'Essonne, promu, peut encore y croire d'autant qu'il affronte lors des deux prochaines journées deux candidats directs au maintien : Bourgoin et Dax. Viennent ensuite, Narbonne (15e), Dax (14e)** et Bourgoin** (13e) ont le même nombre de points (37).

Avant-dernier, le RCNM a un calendrier pour jouer des "finales" pour sortir de la zone de relégation en rencontrant trois mal-classés lors des trois dernières journées : Bourgoin, Dax et Tarbes.Dax , première équipe non relégable, doit se méfier dans la dernière ligne droite avec que des matches couperets à jouer. Le club des Landes affronte quatre équipes candidates à la phase finale (Perpignan, Biarritz, Aurillac et Albi) mais aussi deux autres équipes qui jouent leur peau (Massy et Narbonne). Bourgoin a sans doute le calendrier le plus abordable pour rester en Pro D2. Le CSJB, qui s'est vu retirer 4 points après la sanction infligée en appel par la Direction nationale d'aide et de contrôle de gestion, jouera sa survie avec deux matches face aux deux derniers (Massy et Narbonne) et deux autres candidats aux demi-finales (Biarritz et Aurillac).

Benjamin Prier, le demi-de-mêlée du Rugby Club Massy Essonne  - Aucun(e)
Benjamin Prier, le demi-de-mêlée du Rugby Club Massy Essonne

 

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