Rugby : 608 jours plus tard, Agen renoue enfin avec la victoire

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Rugby : 608 jours plus tard, Agen renoue enfin avec la victoire
© Thierry Breton / PANORAMIC La délivrance pour les Agenais qui ont mis fin à vingt mois de défaites en battant Aurillac vendredi soir en Pro D2.

Enfin, la délivrance ! Non sans trembler une dernière fois, les Agenais ayant conservé la balle en jeu au lieu de taper le ballon loin dans les tribunes après la sirène. Quelques secondes de suspense supplémentaires avant le coup de sifflet final de l’arbitre. Victoire 25-21 face à Aurillac. Un événement.

Ça faisait en effet vingt mois jour pour jour, depuis un succès à Brive le 20 février 2020, que le SUA n’avait pas gagné. Depuis ? 27 défaites en Top 14 et 7 en Pro D2. Du jamais vu à ce niveau… Le soulagement est donc immense. Et le sursaut tant attendu, espéré d’autant plus louable qu’Aurillac restait sur quatre victoires consécutives.

» LIRE AUSSI – Rugby : les supporters d’Agen tentent tout pour renouer avec la victoire

Qui sera le nouveau manager ?

Cette interminable série noire a eu des conséquences ces derniers jours. Appelé au chevet du club début octobre, Christophe Deylaud, figure emblématique du club, avait démissionné deux semaines plus tard, arguant du manque de communication avec le manager Régis Sonnes. Qui était limogé dans la foulée après avoir conservé sa place durant ces longs mois.

C’est donc avec un staff décimé que les Agenais ont mis fin à leur long calvaire. Dans les prochains jours, le nouveau manager devrait enfin être connu. Ça va se jouer entre Bernard Goutta et Richard Dourthe. Le premier nommé a les faveurs du président Fonteneau. Mais Clermont refuse de le libérer (ex-entraîneur des avants, il mène actuellement une mission aux États-Unis pour l’ASM).

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