Next season, Perpignan will advance into the Top 14 list thanks to their victory over Biarritz (33-14), on Saturday 5 June in Montpellier, in the Pro D2 final. The Catalan club, seven-time champions France, was honored with its rank after flying through the season. So he will find the elite USAP, two years after he left – at the end of the 2018-2019 season the nightmare.
Another French rugby memorial, with five Brennus shields, BO will have a second chance to rise to the elite on the occasion of vaulting against 13e From the Top 14. Next Saturday will be at home, against his great Basque rival, Bayonne.
Under the bright sun and in front of a thousand fans in the stands of the GGL Stadium, the usual hideout of Montpellier Herault rugby, the Perpignanais, as in the semi-final against Oyonnax last weekend, made a convincing start, achieved through a corner attempt from New Zealand winger George Tesley in the minute 10e Accurate.
Assured of their collective strength, bolder and superior in conquest, they then patiently increased the score against the highly undisciplined Biarrots.
Nice collection of high sounding names
Thanks in particular to their young full-back Melvin Jamnett, 21, who scored 23 points alone – including an opportunistic attempt at the end of the game. Revealing the season in Pro D2 as his insane rebounds, his debut upstairs will be highly anticipated next season.
USAP killed almost all the suspense in this final of 52e Minute with Ben Fulafola’s attempt in the opening game of Fiji, while Al Bayarots outnumbered after the yellow card received by All Black Francis Sailey. Two internationals among an impressive array of loud names lined up in Montpellier Park on Saturday, in a sign of the ambitions of these two clubs with strong local roots, were relegated the same year to the elite waiting room, in 2014, after being at the top in the 2000s.
Perpignan had briefly reclaimed 14th place during the nightmare season 2018-2019 (15 defeats in the first 15 days), which he hopes will learn lessons to sustain himself next year.
Coming from too far in the semi-final against Vanes with try after siren, Biarritz, who is third in the regular season of Pro D2, will have to show something else during next weekend’s jump.