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Dejected, disappointed but proud, here are the feelings the Algerian players and leaders felt the day after their elimination in the semi-finals of the African Rugby Cup against Kenya (36-33). However, theAlgeria it did more than resist Kenyan power. If they had been classified, the brothers’ companions WalkJulien and Benjamin, could have been in Group A of the 2023 World Cup in France, alongside the XV of France, New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay.
Yassin Boutemmanileft pillar of the XV with the two Lions and player of Soyaux-Angouleme (promoted to Pro D2) as well Mathieu Loreefly halfway to Algeria and beautiful (National 1) return for Rugby news about this elimination and this cruel disappointment.
“We gave it our all”
Algeria believed in it until the end on the pitch of the Pierre-Delort Stadium in Marseille. The coach’s men Ousmane Mane had managed to tie (21-21) and camped in the last 20 Kenyan meters at the end of the match. Despite their efforts, they will not play the African Rugby Cup final against Namibia and therefore will not see the French World Cup 2023.
“This morning, waking up has been very complicated … We thought it was one nightmare nightmare, but the reality is there! That’s right, it’s the law of sport “, explains the opener Mathieu Loreebefore continuing:
We have failed at some points. It is very frustrating and very difficult to describe, especially because of all the sacrifices that families, players, staff and federation have made over the years. We gave it our all until the last second, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. We are all very disappointed, but we hope to have given a good picture of the Algerian rugby that is starting to develop.
Thanks to a powerful pack led by well-known experienced players from the French championship, such as Johan Aliouat (Biarritz), Issam Hamel (Mai) o Yassin Boutemmani (Soyaux-Angoulême), Algerians often shook Kenyan solids, but were sanctioned by the individualities of the Simbas (the nickname of the Kenyans): “I think this party was within our reach. We dominated them up front, but they had a strong individuality. They were very explosive, as most of their players came from Rugby 7, so they easily broke the tackles and scored almost 0 assists. They won, we have to congratulate them “, adds Boutemanni.
Looking to the future
There will still be one last Algerian match in this African Rugby Cup. The North African team will face the Zimbabwe for the small final, synonymous with third place. The latter bowed before him Namibia (34-19) Wednesday. If frustration devours people’s minds, Algerians want to be optimistic about the future:
We hope the selection continues to grow day by day! We want to thank all the people who have supported us, sent messages over the last few weeks, because it has given us so much strength. We will do our best to get this 3rd place.
The pillar Yassin Boutemmani, passed by Toulouse StadiumI ‘UBB, Dax i Perpignan He is also optimistic and asks all players who are likely to play in Algeria to join: “We have a young federation, it is really extraordinary. We are growing slowly. You should know we were 90 years olde to the world rankings before this tournament and there we climbed to be part of the African top 4. I invite all the national doubles of the Top 14, Pro D2 or other places, to come to this selection ”. A XV of the two Lions who jumped 8 places in the World Rugby rankings and was 82nde world ranking, last Monday, just after his historic qualification to the semi-finals of the Rugby Africa Cup.
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