Undefeated so far, the TUC-Balma Entente fell for the first time by losing at home to Orthez, his runner-up, on Saturday (27-29). A defeat which will cost its place of leader to the men of the duo Yohann Ploquin-Axel Levy. “We narrowly missed the attack by playing a little backwards and on alternating current”, regrets the latter. The absence of left-handed right-back Téo Frican (ankle) also deprived the ETB of variety in its game while the lack of success of the long-range shooters at the same time allowed the Béarnais to defend lower. Note that for this duel at the top, only one referee had been programmed which was not a gift neither for him nor for the various actors of the match.
“This defeat must make us stronger”
Always behind in the score (4-8, 9-13) and led by three goals at the break (12-15), the Balmanais never gave up but each time they seemed able to pick up (17-18 , 23-24), they paid a heavy price for some bad choices.
“After six games, the results are still good: we are only second in the pool (one point from Orthez now, Editor’s note) and we still have our destiny in hand to live a good season, even a great season “, positive one of the two Balman coaches, particularly touched by the” incredible “atmosphere of a packed room. “We knew that we were going to live more complicated times than others but this craze makes you want to go back to training. This defeat should not bring us down but on the contrary allow us to bounce back and make us even stronger “, wants to believe Axel Lévy.
Resting for the next two weekends, the Balmanais are expected on November 13 on the floor of Pessac which, after four victories in four days, has just lost its last two games. A duel between revenge that the Balmanese are already looking forward to.
For the TUC-Balma.-Guardians Agreement: Cano (16 stops), Caratini (1 stop).
Scorer: Denimal (1), Leroux (1), Lupano (3), Marty (9), Peyrot (7), Prieur (4), Rouault-le-Bloa (1), Campourcy (1).
For Orthez.- Keepers: Lacombe (5 stops), Gerde (1 stop).
Scorer: Carrère (3), Etcheberry (2), Herfay (3), Jauneau (13), Mourcel (3), Passe (4), Turcius (1).