This Sunday (3:30 p.m.), the Aimé-Giral stadium will be the scene of the first semi-final of this 2020-2021 season of PRO D2. A confrontation between the 1st of the regular season and the 4th. Here are the 5 good reasons not to miss this duel.

The two teams have never hidden their ambitions to climb to TOP 14 This says a lot about the ambitions for the Catalan country and Haut-Bugey. The two clubs have the means to match their ambitions, namely to find the TOP 14 very quickly. Perpignan went down in 2019 and Oyonnax in 2018, and the desire displayed by the two entities at the start of the season was to be able to compete in this type. of meeting at this precise moment, to offer the possibility of going to play a final for the title, and to have this chance to find the elite of French rugby.

The duel at the Charles-Mathon stadium was one of the best matches of the season. On March 4, we very probably saw one of the best matches of the season in PRO D2. Between the proposed game, the intensity, the rhythm and the suspense, all the ingredients for a great match were present. Reduced to 14, Perpignan managed to reverse the trend, in particular thanks to the exploits of its rear Melvyn Jaminet. Oyonnax was however sharp, as we expected (and we had!) A reaction from both teams after a few less successful games.

The league’s top two kills will face off – 821 points scored (89 tries) for USAP and 808 points scored (74 tries) for OYO, these are the stats posted by the top two kills of the regular season. These are great promises while noting that the Perpignanais Jean-Bernard Pujol (10 tries) and that the Oyonnaxien Aurélien Callandret (9 tries) dominate the classification of the best test scorers, with the Grenoblois Ange Capuozzo (10). And that there is therefore the possibility for them to come out on top …

The return of an atmosphere in Aimé-Giral with the tonnage of 1000 spectators It is one of the very good news of the last few days, the authorization granted to the clubs to be able to once again welcome the public in the stadiums, while respecting a 1,000 spectators and curfew times. This therefore means that for this semi-final, the atmosphere will be there in Aimé-Giral, and we know the always very hot atmosphere that reigns in Catalonia. We also have no doubts about the presence of supporters from Haut-Bugey, for an exciting duel.

Prestigious names make up the squads of Perpignan and Oyonnax We have learned the forfeits of Georgian pillar Davit Kubriashvili and Australian center Afusipa Taumoepeau in the ranks of the USAP, however there are distant duels that make you salivate. Whether it is the one between Piula Fa’asalele and Thibault Lassalle on the second row, Damien Chouly and Josh Strauss on the third row, Ben Volavola and Lionel Beauxis at the opening or between Mathieu Acebes and Benjamin Fall in the three quarters. Without forgetting the goal scorers Melvyn Jaminet and Yohan Le Bourhis.

LA STAT’Oyonnax is the first team to win the away semi-final in the final phase, in PRO D2, that was in 2009 at Agen (15-18). Since then, four other teams have managed to repeat the performance: Bordeaux-Bègles in 2011 in Grenoble, Agen in 2015 in Perpignan (draw, qualified thanks to the number of tries), Grenoble in 2018 in Montauban and Bayonne in 2019 in Oyonnax.

The IMAGE During the 22 day this season, the back of the USAP Melvyn Jaminet shone on the lawn of Oyonnax. A festival of hooks, speed and points with a high-flying performance for the Catalan rear author of 20 points that evening. He will once again be one of the lethal weapons of the USAP for this semi-final