Riberac Rugby Club (CAR)

Riberac Rugby club (CAR)

#11:   In the last match of the season, against third in the table Figiac, both Riberac teams found their opponents too strong, the firsts losing 37-7. This left them 7th in the league, just behind Angouleme, but only 17 points behind the pool winners Tulle. It also left us clear of the dropping zone, so next year we will again be playing in federal 2.

The second team, despite losing, qualified for the play-offs, but last week-end came up against a strong side from Isle-Joudain, near Toulouse, and were well beaten, and so ending Riberac’s season.

As Bugs Bunny (or someone) used to say ‘That’s all folks’ Hope to see you next year

#10:    Last Sunday, 24/3/2013, Riberac rugby club were at home to Belves, just one place behind them in the league, and keen to take some points off of us to reduce the risk of falling into the ‘drop’ area. They were however disappointed, seldom looking like scoring except for a handful of missed penalties, whereas Riberac played some of their best rugby of the season, running in four tries to end up winners by 35 to zero. The points for a win, plus double bonus points, set up Riberac with the possibility of overtaking Angouleme in the table with just one more match to play.

Rarely, the second team perhaps stole the limelight from the senior side, with a comfortable win over Belves reserves, and thus assuring them of a place in the championship playoffs, where the top Federal Two reserve sides will play a series of Knock-out matches to find which two teams will meet in the final at Stade de France in Paris, sometime in May. Heady stuff, and a long way to go, hopefully they will be supported once the dates and venues are announced.


Your correspondent came back from a trip to the UK to watch England beat Scotland in an exciting game at Twickenham, to discover that Riberac had played Trellisac in a match postponed from a few weeks ago. The second team had an easy win, and though the first team match was much tighter, we emerged as victors in a hard fought 17 – 11 encounter.  That, with other recent wins has pushed us up the table, with us and Angouleme battling over the fifth spot.

This Sunday, 17/2/13, we are again at home, against Sarlat. The team from deeper in the Dordogne are old adversaries from years past, and narrowly beat us before Christmas. They got off to a slow start this season but have put together a long string of victories and are now serious contenders for the title.

We are expecting a hard match, but hopeful that we may be able get the better of them on home soil.

Please come along and support, and don’t forget the bacon sarnies. Classic car enthusiasts remember that on the 3rd March, there will be a display at the ground before and during the match against Tulle.


#8   The trip to Decazzaville nearly paid off, but Riberac lost narrowly 21 – 13.
This Sunday, 3 February , Riberac welcome Trellissac for the match postponed a couple of weeks ago. We beat them away earlier in the season, so would certainly hope to come out victors.

Don’t forget that on 3 March, for the match against Tulle, there will be a display of classic and sports cars on show, and we would be pleased to welcome anyone along, with or without a classic car.  Ring Rick or Gerald on 05 45 98 55 13.

. Sunday 3 March – Riberac Rugby Club Stadium 11.00hrs
Display Parking inside the ground for Classic and Sports Cars, Lunch, followed by watching the 1st Team Match.
Special Inclusive Price of 20 euros per person (Entrance, Lunch incl. wine and coffee, Rugby). Entrance and Rugby only 8 euros per person.

Please reserve Lunch by email to me johnlittlefr@gmail.com by Tuesday 26 February. Cancellations of reservations for Lunch not made by 26 February MUST BE PAID FOR.

The long Christmas break over, Riberac Rugby Club visited Gourdon on Sunday, with hopes of repeating the victory over them earlier in the season. The day started well with the second team marking up an 18-10 win, and the firsts matching their effort, the final score a very satisfactory 23-12, despite giving Gourdon a soft try late on. Two wins in a row, with a couple of lower half teams in the next few weeks, promises the opportunity to climb a few places in the table.

Next Sunday, 20th January, Riberac welcome Trellisac, who we would hope to beat, as we did when we visited them several months ago. The main match starts at 15.00 hrs, with the seconds on before, so a whole afternoons entertainment for just 8€?? (Allow a further 2€ for the famous bacon sandwich)

Something for your diaries if you follow rugby and enjoy old cars, is that on 3rd March, when Riberac play Tulle, there will be a display of Classic and sports cars on show at the club during the game.   Anyone welcome to come along, but if you would like to bring your car along and join us for a three course meal with wine and the match entry fee for 20€, then give Rick or Gerald a ring at Manoir de Longeveau – 05 45 98 55 13.

Hope to see you!

Rugby Corner #6
This Sunday, 9th December, saw Angouleme (who beat us in the first game of the season) , visit us at Riberac, and revenge was indeed sweet.
The day started for some of us with a meal at the clubhouse, a gesier salad starter followed by daube (beef stew with veg) cheese and apple tart, all helped down with an excellent Bergerac. Nothing to do with the rugby you might think, but it does show just what some of you may be missing.

By the time we left the convivial dining room, our second team were already 3-0 up, and they continued to hold the lead through to the final whistle to record an 11-7 win.   Angouleme fielded a couple of very impressive threequarters leading to some desperate last minute tackling from our boys, but Riberac dominated in the scrum, and we never really looked like losing, confirming our third position in the reserve league.

The firsts got off to an equally good start, only to have one of our props red-carded in the fourth minute and leaving us to play virtually the whole match with just fourteen men. (thirteen for some of the time if the truth were known).  Having lost a first choice prop, and missing our two regular second rows, our re-arranged pack performed marvellously and again constantly had the better of their opponents, with a number of telling and exciting rolling mauls. We managed to keep our noses ahead throughout the entire game, scoring the only try of an exciting free flowing match to emerge as the very contented winners by 19-12, and the referee totally forgiven. Angouleme matched our red-card with one of their own in the dying minutes, which more or less ended their challenge. The number tens on both sides gave a good display of kicking prowess, suggesting that they are the best in our pool at that such important art.
The win still leaves Riberac in seventh place in the league, but with the last two results against higher ranked opponents promising an exciting second half of the season.

We understand that the lads ended the night very happy and singing traditional songs in a local hostellerie, but you may rest assured that your correspondent was safely tucked up at home by then.

Next home match on 20th January against Trellisac.

Rugby Corner #5

Missed a couple of matches due to being in the UK to see some autumn series, but as a Riberac supporter, you wouldn’t have missed much. Riberac have followed a run of three wins with a run of three losses, the last against Belves, who we may have hoped to have beaten.
This Sunday, 25th November, we welcomed Figiac, who are two places above our seventh place. The seconds opened up well and never looked in danger of losing, ending 26 – 6 up at the end with a try in the dying seconds, despite the opposition fielding the tallest second row that any of us had seen.

The first team started well, with a penalty in the opening moments, soon followed by a try to lead 8 – 0. The rest of the first half was more even, but we went in at half time still in the lead. The opening minutes of the second half were a disaster for us, with Figiac running in two tries to snatch the lead from us in the first ten minutes. Thereafter the game settled down to an exciting encounter, with us going in to final extra time, just 23 – 20 down.  Figiac turned down the chance of a last minute penalty, no doubt hoping to get a final try and pick up bonus points. However,  it proved their undoing with the home side winning back the ball with nearly forty four minutes indicated on the scoreboard, stormed downfield and winning a deserved penalty some thirty five meters out. We all held our breath as our number ten lined up the ball, and a resounding cheer went up as he slotted it neatly between the posts to round off an excellent personal points haul, to make it a 23 – 23 draw.   A fair result, we all thought.

This match takes us to half way through the season, still in seventh place out of ten, with hopes of a more successful continuation. The next match is in two weeks time (9 December) against Angouleme, who top the table, but it’s a long time since they took the honours here at Riberac.

See you there?

Rugby corner #4:
Riberac welcomed Lormont this Sunday (28 October) with the ground bathed in sunshine, though it still remained cold.
The second team looked like being swamped after the first few minutes, and went down 3-0 quickly. However, they then rallied and held their own, even equalising, only for Lormont to score a converted try in the last quarter to win 10-3.
The first team had a much better start with an early try, in what turned out to be an exciting high scoring game. We kept our nose in front with a string of tries and penalties from both sides, including one for us, we have to confess, that was scored with the aid of the flag post, which knocked the ball back into play! The last twenty minutes was a real cliff hanger, but alas, Lormont scored one final try which put them in the lead for the first time by 30-25, and that’s how it ended.
Not the result we hoped for, but that leaves us with three wins and three losses, and mid table
No match next weekend, and then it’s away to Tulle on the 11th. November, the next home match, against Figiac, on the 25th.

Rugby corner #3:   Last week end, 21/10/12, brought Riberac’s run of three wins in three matches for both first and second teams to an abrupt halt playing away to Sarlat. The reserves were well beaten by 23-6, though some would claim that we may have won the punch up that erupted during the match. The first team started equally disappointingly, trailing by 13-3 at half time, but came back strongly in the second half, only to lose 26-22. Our normally effective kicking performance was below par, otherwise we would have overhauled the home side. Fortunately the score line gave us a bonus point, and still leaves us in the top five in Federal 2, who seem to be pulling away from the others. Next week we are at home to Lormont, second in the league, so it will be an important match for us, and one that we can certainly win. Your support will be welcome, the reserves kicking off at 13.30, and the firsts at 15.00, and it only costs 8€ for a full afternoon’s entertainment.

See you there???



Rugby corner 2:

Last Sunday, 14th October, Riberac welcomed Decazaville for their Federal 2 match, after winning their two last matches. The second team got off to a great start, leading the opposition by 13-3 at half time, and looking set for an easy win. The second half proved much more of a struggle, as Decazaville slowly hauled them back in with a string of penalties, and it looked like a nail biting finish, until the home team rallied towards the end and scored a try to make things safe, and leaving us top of the table.

The first team also started well and never really looked like losing, even though the visitors managed to tighten up and prevent what threatened for a while, to be a big winning score. The final whistle blew at 25-16 in Riberac’s favour, making it 3 wins in a row for both of our teams. Elsewhere in our pool, results were mixed, with no team really showing as a front-runner yet, and leaving Riberac in 4th place, but only two points behind the leader.  All four leading teams having won three and lost one, the only difference between them being bonus points.

This coming week end (October 21) , Riberac play away to Sarlat, an old adversary, on Saturday evening under the lights. Sarlat are not far behind us in the table, and are always a hard side to beat on their relatively small pitch, so it should be exciting. The next home match is the following Sunday (Octrober 28)  afternoon against Lormont who are just above us, so the next couple of weeks could sort out the men from the boys.


Rugby corner 1:

Now in Federal 2, after a couple of years in Federal 1, Riberac have had a reasonable start to the season, with wins against Gourdon and Trellisac, and one loss against the ‘old enemy’ Angouleme. This Sunday, October 14th, Riberac welcome Decazeville to their stadium in the centre of town, with great hopes of another victory.  The first team kick off at 15.00hr (3pm), with the second team performing the curtain raiser, so turn up to cheer them on any time from around 13.30 (1.30pm).   Little Riberac, with its classic old style rugby club ground and atmosphere, frequently perform a real ‘David and Goliath’ act, against much bigger towns, sometimes with full professional sides. The club is friendly, the beer cool, the wine plentiful and the bacon sarnies delicious. Hope some of you will join us. If you want more information, give Rick a ring on 07 87 45 99 28, or see you there. (Opposite the bacon sandwich stand!).

Perigueux play away at Hagetmau this week end in federal 1, but are home next week end to Vannes.

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