LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for next Thursday April 28th

Yassine Benrahouet de Nîmes beat Nancy in the first leg (Photo Anthony Maurin).

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

Nîmes finds his lucky charmIt is Bartolomeu Varela who on behalf of the 36and Day of Ligue 2. The man in black was voted the best referee of UNFP Ligue 2. For the Crocodiles, it is above all a sacred charm. Since 2009, Nîmes Olympique crossed paths with Mr. Varela 11 times and the record is very favorable for the NO who has won six times (four out) with four draws and one defeat. Nîmes has not lost any of the last seven encounters led by the 48-year-old Northerner. This season, it was he who whistled for the Crocodiles’ 3-0 victory over Valenciennes. For the people of Nancy it is quite the opposite, because they lost the two encounters that entered them with Mr. Varela (in Quevilly and in Le Havre).


Benjamin Bonzi will take on Sebastian Korda tonight at the Estoril tournament. [Photo via MaxPPP]

Bonzi shines in EstorilDe Gardois sent away the Austrian Dominic Thiem yesterday, the former number 3 in the world today 93and, in straight sets (6-3 and 7-6) at Estoril’s first tournament in Portugal. Benjamin Bonzi offers himself a prestigious victory, but tonight (8:30 pm) the opposition is likely to be greater with American Sebastian Korda (37and and seeded number 8) which eliminated Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert (6-2 and 6-4). In qualifying, Benjamin Bonzi would face the winner of the shock between Canadian Auger-Aliassime (seeded No. 1) and Spaniard Taberner in the quarter-finals.


Sanad and de Nîmes have no room for error (USAM photo)

A whole group. Three weeks after the last game and the frenzied comeback against Chartres (39-34), Nîmes is entering the final leg of this season with seven more league games to play with the aim of finishing sixth to qualify on the continental stage. the fourth consecutive season. For the trip to Saran, tomorrow at 8pm, Nîmes is three points behind Chambéry, sixth, now that everyone is on the same page in this Starligue. The the green team no longer has the right to make mistakes. “At least you have to take points and hope that the others make mistakes. As long as we win, we have a chance to finish five or six.” summarizes coach Yann Balmossière. Aside from the long-term absentees (Hesham, Tesio and R.Salou), the Usamist coach has his full roster. He made the choice not to keep the Japanese Kosuke Yasuhira. After confronting Saran, who is fighting for his maintenance and the reception of Dunkirk, Nîmes will face Toulouse, currently fifth. “This game will be important if we win the previous two concludes Yann Balmossiere.

The selected group: Desbonnet, Paul; Rebichon, Guigou, Minel, Nyateu, M.Salou, Tobie, Gallego, Sanad, Gibernon, Jakobsen, Poyet, Acquevillo, Bonnefond, Dupuy.


Cuq in Gruissan. Two years ago, the RCN coaching duo consisting of Jean-Michel Millet and Jean-Baptiste Cuq arrived at the club at the end of this season. Wanting to start a new era with the rise of National 2, President Steeve Calligaro chose to recruit Anthony Aguilar and Jean-Baptiste Poulon. Jean-Baptiste Cuq has just found a new base since yesterday Aviron Guissanais Rugby, which plays in Federal 2, formalized his arrival as three-quarter coach from next season. While they wait for the duo to split up, Jean-Baptiste and Jean-Michel will try to win the Federal 1 championship trophy with Nîmes. After the option taken in the first leg during the 25-22 success in Mâcon, it is necessary to secure the qualification in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 7.30 pm in the Kaufmann stadium.