via Rugby Editorial Board
Yes, Melvin Jaminette is actually UFO. He sparkled with Perpignan in Pro D2 last year, starred the back during his first caps last summer in Australia with fifteenth of France, before confirmation this fall. So much so that he grabs the No. 15 pool jersey and delivers a powerful blow behind the competition’s head. Bryce Doolin and Thomas Ramos have already taken to the stands during their fall auditions, witnessing the emergence of the Jaminette phenomenon.
89 points were scored in 6 selections
In addition to his confidence under high balls, his long kicking game and his punches in attack, Melvin Jaminette shines in the role of scorer. At 22 and without a huge professional experience, the Hyères (Var) native absorbs pressure in an incredible way and admits to having surgery when facing bipolar.
Imagine: It shows a great picture 91.9% accuracy, having succeeded in 34 of his 37 attempts. At the moment, he is already making use of 89 points (21 penalties and 13 conversions). In France’s XV history, no player has scored so many points after 6 selections (He runs 14.8 points per game.)
Much better than Michalak or Lamisun or Yakvili
If we look closely at the 10 best directors in the history of XV for France, they are all far from the mark set by Melvyn Jaminet after 6 picks. Christophe Lamaison, the best at that time, had only 46 units on the clock. About half of that is the back of Perpignan.
The number of points scored after 6 selections by the 10 best directors of XV in France
Melvin Gamenet: 89 points
Christophe Lamaison: 46
Jean-Pierre Romeo: 42
Thomas Castenedi: 42
Gerald Merceron: 38
Dmitriy Yeshvili: 36
Didier Camberbero: 26
Thierry Lacroix: 23
Serge Blanco: 7
Frederic Michalak: 3
Morgan Barra: 3
In the history of world rugby, not many have done better than Jaminet after 6 matches. Let’s refer to the New Zealanders Andrew Mehrtens And Grant Fox (112 units).
Michalak’s record threatened?
If he continues at this pace, Jaminet, who should, barring a disaster, be the Blues’ back in the 2022 6 Nations Championship, will only need about thirty picks to drop. The record for Frédéric Michalak, the current best director in the history of France is fifteenth (436 points).. Far from imaginable, especially since the entire future is ahead of Jaminet.
“The stats? I know them, but I’m not fixed on them. Simply put, I try to do 100% in every match,” Perpignanais points out in Olympic Noon. One thing is for sure: France’s XV has a very high-level scorer, which is essential to compete with the best on the international scene. Without a great scorer, no great team…
Clement Mazzella, with Emilian Vicens (Perpignan News)
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