The match: 33-14
Undisputed leader of ProD2 this season, the USAP has therefore validated its accession to the Top 14 by defeating Biarritz Olympique (26-9) without dispute this Saturday, at the GGL Stadium in Montpellier and in summer weather. The Biarrots, for their part, will face in a match that promises to be very hot the barrage of the Top 14: either Pau or Bayonne. They will have to wait tonight, and the last day of the Top 14, to know their opponent.
While they had started their final perfectly well with a corner try from Georges Tilsley (10th), the Catalans were caught (10-9) at the half-hour mark, the scrum-half from Biarritz Hart having managed three goals from penalty. But it was then that the metronomic scorer of the USAP, Jaminet, also added three to allow his team to lead 19-9 (42nd).
It was not until the temporary expulsion of Biarrot Saili (50th) for the USAP to really stand out by signing its second try (52nd, 26-9), taking advantage of an offensive excess at the request of its captain, Mathieu Acebes, who opted for a scrum rather than an easy penalty goal at the foot of the posts, a choice which was not validated by his technical bench but which was decisive.
Malvyn Jaminet scores Perpignan’s last try (Sy. Thomas / The Team)
Then, the disorderly assaults of the Basques came up against a solid Catalan defense determined not to let anything go and especially not the opportunity to return to the elite after his descent in 2019. The irresistible Malvyn Jaminet, revelation of the season, succeeded to register after a good rebound the third try of his team (74th, 33-9), on a pass at the foot of Ben Volavola. The USAP finally cashed a test on the final push from Biarritz (80th).
The number of points scored by Catalan back Melvyn Jaminet, ie one try, three conversions and four penalty goals (7/8).
The fact: When Saili tries the impossible
Located first defender flush with a ruck near his goal line, the three-quarter center Biarritz Francis Saili attempted an interception in the 50th while the Catalans opened the closed side. The referee, Mr. Marchat, judged it to be an anti-play gesture and sanctioned him with a yellow card. Outnumbered, Biarritz was pierced by the opener of the USAP, Ben Volavola, at the foot of the posts. And the BO was then led by seventeen points, a gap that it failed to fill.