Match Report – ES Renault vs. BRFC Paris

This week’s fixture saw the British travel to Renault’s new 3G pitch in Meudon. It was billed as a big game as both former FFR clubs met in this classic fixture, with the BRFC looking to secure a home ¼ final. The 2 sides had previously met in a friendly, which the British edged by 2 points thanks to the boot of Alex “See You Later” Barker.

It was clear from the start that the British were nervous going into this game, and the ‘chat’ was subdued in the dressing room and warm up.

However the start from the Expats was anything but subdued. A long kick off and quick chase saw Renault under immediate pressure and, as they tried to drive their way out of their 22, the BRFC forced a handling error giving themselves a scrum about 10 meters out in the right corner. A well worked move from the base saw Joel “Freedom Flasher” Smith go blind with Nick “Out Out” Sanders who then threw a lovely inside ball for Liam “Sunday bake day” Isaac, who beat the first man and was able to cross the white wash for a bit of meat. The extras were missed.

The next passage of play saw the boys in blue defending for large periods of times. However Renault found themselves to be crash test dummies as they ran at the British defence to little avail. The line held strong and only the referees whistle kept Renault with the ball in hand. Strong defence from Ed “Not my gum drop buttons” Wrigley shut them down at the fringes and Emmanuel “2 chipotle a day” Bouscasse was able to hold up their centre, which meant that they were forced to try and get points from the boot, however 2 failed kicks at goal meant the score remained 5/0.

The BRFC were eventually able to clear their line and get some attacking ball to work with. Some strong carries from the pack created some go forward ball which was shifted to Jeremy “get out of my way” Lamri. The big man was able swerve and crash his way past defenders only to be cut down inside the 22. Despite some good recycling from the forwards a knock on came and gave Renault some much needed breathing space. However it would not come. Another scrum on halfway saw the backs split causing an overlap that was exploited and Jeremy Lamri was able to beat his opposite number, chip the full back and accelerate past the defender to gather and ground the ball in goal. 10/0 to the British.

Again off the restart the British found themselves under the cosh, and soon after (as has happened in every game this season) down to 14, when the referee deemed Ed Wrigley to have taken his time to roll away. Renault were able to finally start the engine and a couple of carries saw them go forward and then they went wide to exploit the overlap, a plan that would have paid off had it not been for a last gasp tackle on the line from Ale “pretty fly for a white guy” Donada who forced a knock on in the process.  The British were able to clear up and take the 10/0 lead into half time.

The second half saw Renault come out strong and after a few denied attacks and clearances from the British, these car enthusiasts were finally rewarded when they hit in midfield with their centre who used his bumper to motor his way through Luke “niknak” Curtis and Emmanuel Bouscasse (who seemed to hit each other off the tackle) and go under the posts. The kick was good, the score 10/7.

The British responded well and some good carries from James “fish farm” Hughes and others, saw Villi “I would rather be playing league” Osotonu hit a nice line off 10 and burst through on half way, he found support off Constantin “I score for fun ;)” De Langautier, who on receiving a neat off load ran the last 35 meters to get a vital 5 pointer. This takes his recent try scoring record to 6 from 3 games and 7 for the season, not bad for a second row. The kick was good from Luke Curtis and gave the British a cushion with a 17/7 score.

The remaining 10 minutes saw the British rarely leave their 22 or see any of the ball as they made tackle after tackle. When the ball was finally in British hands it was soon dropped as they were forced to scamper back 10 for yet another penalty. Despite a Liam Isaac white card and being back down to 14, the expats defended their line in very similar fashion to the Brits at Rorke’s Drift to deprive these motorists a bonus point.

This meant that the British remain unbeaten in competitive matches for the season and sit top of Division 2 having played 5 won 5 and scoring a total of 155 points in the process.

Next week sees CSPTT (K.O 15.00) so come down to Domont for what should be a tight game. It is worth noting that a win would secure the British promotion into the top flight of FFSE rugby, the promised land of the Corp14! The England vs France game will be on in the bar afterwards so be sure to come down for a full on feast of rugby (and beers).