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LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Wednesday, August 3

Yannick Dumas, NO reserve team coach (Photo Norman Jardin)

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

Nimes Olympic

The SB30 beats the reserve. A week after resuming training, the Nîmes reserve played yesterday afternoon, at La Bastide, its first preparation match against Stade Beaucairois (N3). This meeting was like a review of the workforce for the NO which involved about twenty players. For the record, it was Beaucaire who won 3-2. The two Nîmes goals were scored from the penalty spot by Adil Ben Achour and Zakariaa Saoudi, who arrived this summer from Alès. “There were some good things, especially in the first half. There were boys on trial but it was inconclusive. There are always lessons to be learned. explains trainer (and training center director) Yannick Dumas. Before attacking the Regional 1 championship, on September 18 in Montpellier Atlas Paillade, the Nîmes reservists will play five friendly matches: Saturday in Saint-Maximin (Var) against Grasse (N2), in Bagnols-sur-Cèze (N3) on August 12, in Narbonne (R1) on August 17, in Marseille (N3) on August 31 and in Clermont l’Hérault (R1) on September 9 to conclude the preparation.

OAC

Louis Laurent is the second goalkeeper of Alès (Photo CM / OAC)

A long-term injury on the return. Present when training resumed on July 11, Louis Laurent had not trained. He also missed the first three OAC friendlies due to a pubalgia he’s had since last May. It was from the stand of the Rouret stadium that the young goalkeeper (19 years old) witnessed his team’s defeat against Canet RFC (1-3) this Saturday evening. The last named, second in the hierarchy of goalkeepers last season behind Moreau – and who should remain so – this season, saw the unfortunate Théo Knibbe, goalkeeper recently arrived from Athletico Marseille (N3), commit two blunders which cost so many goals and worried the Alesian supporters present at the stadium. “If Moreau gets hurt, we are bad”, we could hear Saturday evening at the end of the match. They can be reassured, Louis Laurent is on the return. Sharp as ever, the young man has taken in mass thanks to a hard re-athleticization in the gym for three months. If he is currently training separately with physical trainer Arnaud Grosselin and assistant coach Christophe Vialé, he will soon claim a return during collective training. Out on injury in the second half against Canet after causing concern among his partners, Abdoulaye Diaby resumed training completely normally. This is not the case for striker Arnold Abelinti, who was also injured last Saturday, and this from the half hour mark. The Guyanese international, who has not trained with the group since the start of the week, resumed racing on Wednesday. It should a priori be too fair to travel to Martigues this Friday, August 5, where the Oaciens will play their fourth pre-season match.

NCR

RCN players were treated to an immersion with the military (Photo RCN)

The Nîmes at rest. After a cohesion internship, last weekend at 2th REI de Nîmes, which has made it possible to integrate new recruits, the players of the Rugby Club Nîmes benefit from a week of rest. They take advantage of this before attacking the last phase of their preparation. It is only at the end of the month that Nîmes will play its two friendly matches. On Friday August 19, the RCN will travel to Narbonne (Nationale) and Villeurbanne will come to the Nicolas Kaufmann stadium on August 27. The National championship can then begin with the reception of Dijon on September 10 and the reception of Mâcon on September 18.

Tennis

Bonzi defeated in the first round. Yesterday, the Anduzian Benjamin Bonzi lost in the first round of the ATP tournament in Washington against the American Christopher Eubanks who benefited from a wild-card. The 51st in the world, who beat this opponent three weeks ago in Newport on grass, lost in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 7-5) in a match that lasted nearly two hours. Formidable in service, Eubanks lined up the aces (16) and defended better on break point. The Gardois therefore started with a defeat for this first tournament on a hard surface as the end of the season approached.

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