Not without trembling one last time, the Agenais having kept the ball in play instead of hitting the ball far into the stands after the siren.
A few more seconds of suspense before the referee's final whistle.
25-21 victory against Aurillac.
Pro D2 schedule and results
It had been twenty months to the day, since a success in Brive on February 20, 2020, that the SUA had not won.
27 defeats in Top 14 and 7 in Pro D2 (plus 2 others in European Challenge).
Unheard of at this level… And the long-awaited and hoped-for start is all the more commendable given that Aurillac had four consecutive victories.
For immense relief.
Just like the message sent by the Director of Communications for the city of Agen, humorously evoking the passage of the Patrouille de France and a public holiday to celebrate this reunion with victory!
Frankly, that feels really good. It had been so long that we expected it,
“rejoiced Paul Graou, the scrum-half author of the decisive test, at the microphone of Canal +. A moment of joy, of happiness, at the height of the torments. “
They hit us, everyone picks up, and that's normal. There is liberation, we have suffered so much…
”, recalled Sylvain Mirande, the assistant coach of a private staff… of a manager. “
We saw the supporters explode with joy or tears! It was so hard to live with. I hope we will keep this emotion for the future. It was so intense,
”said opener Thomas Vincent with shining eyes.
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Who will be the new manager?
This interminable black series has had consequences in recent days.
Called to the bedside of the club in early October, Christophe Deylaud, emblematic figure of the club, resigned two weeks later, arguing the lack of communication with manager Régis Sonnes.
Who was sacked in the aftermath after retaining his place during these long months.
It is therefore with a decimated staff that the Agenais put an end to their long ordeal.
In the coming days, the new manager should finally be known.
It will be played between Bernard Goutta and Richard Dourthe.
The first named has the favors of President Fonteneau.
But Clermont refuses to release him (ex-forward coach, he is currently leading a mission in the United States for the ASM).