Seven years after suffering a defeat against Agen (15-16), Stade Montois will be back in the Pro D2 final. This is after it won this Sunday May 29 against Nevers (26-15). The yellow and black, who were the leaders of the regular phase, were undefeated at their home for nearly 14 months. They also became favorites against Nivernais, who had nothing to lose.
Patrick Milhet's players were quickly in control of the game, as they moved with the wind during the first act. The Montois were first on the right track with two penalties from Leo Coly (6-3, 13th). The visitors were under the defensive pressure of yellow and black. Coly intercepted Menoret's floating pass in the Uson line and let it slip between the poles, 60m further. He had not crossed the line in two and a quarter months, making this his 11th attempt of the season.
The Neversois were caught after they had not conceded a try in three games. They tried to respond on their strong point. The balls were carried but the Neversois defended well at five meters, destroying their hopes. Coly even gave a new penalty of more than 30 metres to his forwards. It was 33rd.
Xavier Pemeja changed the hinge at break, and the game of Nevers was immediately lost. Shaun Reynolds, the opener, intercepted Laousse-Azpiazu's long and dangerous pass to flatten his seventh attempt of the season. This allowed him to restart the game (16-10 50th). Yoan Cottin was also very close to air conditioning Boniface stadium. He was caught by Leo Coly (55th) after he intercepted a dangerous pass from Cedaro in midfield.
The Montois, who were more solid in defense, won the scrums in their 22 metres (63rd), and even took the break again. Bento placed pressure on Camou (who were scrambling) after a candle from Loustalot. Mensa was scoring (23-10, number 68). Nevers' prideful reaction and Noah's strong attempt (23-15, 72nd), did not change anything. Mont-de-Marsan will be in Montpellier next week to compete for the title of France Pro D2 champion.