A WELCOME AWAKENING
Behind Dax at half time the Nevers youngsters raised their sights in the second half to seal victory.
Playing against the bottom club, Nevers should have walked away with this match after their achievement the previous week against the leader, Massy. But the visitors made it tough for them throughout the match.
The draw after forty minutes of play summed up the difficulty for the Yellows against the team from the SW. The four kicks into touch from Nevers at the start did not give them much, except strengthening the resolve of the visitors, who were keen to get every ball.
The Uson had to attempt a penalty in the 17th minute, and Vivien Fesser scored. But the Dax players retaliated with scrum half Damien Verge equalising ten minutes later.
In spite of having more men on the pitch after a white was given to the centre Étienne Grelier and huge domination of the scrum, the team from Burgundy could not shake loose before half time with the rivals sticking with them.
Tabarot, the little bull
The situation changed in the second half with the words from the trainer taking effect out on the pitch. The kick-off caught by Luka Plataret was the start of another attack by Sigoire-San Martin’s troops, with Tevita Paea scoring. Two minutes later, Aïtor Kitutu and his fellow players did it again. The hooker Yan Tabarot made it through and helped by Bilal Dikhal and Lucas Pittavino, the Dax defense was overcome. Full back, Hamza Martin finished the job.
A tough scrum
The Yellow team missing Tabarot for ten minutes after a dangerous tackle, had to work hard against their rivals, who kept going. They missed a try to improve their score, but their strength meant that in the 64th minute, after several scrums punished the Dax team, the referee was between the posts.
Tabarot attacked again with the support of Martin, then there was another huge effort from Loïc Pakihivatau who deserved better, but Dax proudly held on until the end.