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Friday, 20 November 2015

59th Autumn Rally, La Rochelle, Charente Maritime

Another 'Rallye d'Automne' bypassed our Gites again this year on the 6th,7th & 8th of November, It is organised every year in the Charente Maritime and ends with the winners receiving there trophy's in La Rochelle. The 4 main fast circuits this year were at 1) Ste. Soulle near La Rochelle 2) Surgeres ending across the fields from our Gites near Landrais. 3)Around Genouille and 4) Near Fouras.
One of our guest's 'Mirko'staying in the Pigeonnier has kindly allowed me to blog some of his photo's see below of the cars passing us. The photo's do not really show it but these cars are moving very fast and loud!

La Rochelle vs Gloucester Rugby November 2015

What a great night of Rugby at the Stade Marcel Deflandre where 14000 attended including many away supporters to watch La Rochelle take on Gloucester in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
It all started with a sombre minutes silence to remember the suffering of the Terrorist atrocities in Paris, France and then defiantly everybody sang the Marseillaise with all their hearts.
When they kicked off a really exciting match began as Atlantique Stade Rochelais fought hard and the score line stayed close, swaying from one team to the other; at half time Gloucester was winning 19 to 13. The second half carried on as the first with the boot of Greig Landlaw  helping to keep Gloucester in front until then Eaton managed a try and Rochalaise edged in Front by 1. It wasn’t until the last 9 minutes of the game when Mc’Coll and Sharples scored the winning tries with Twelvetree kicking the 2 conversions and it ended 20-33.
For a Thursday night the atmosphere in the stadium was electric and the Rochalaise can hold there heads up high for putting on a great display.
European Rugby Challenge Cup
La Rochelle      20   -   33     Gloucester
   Audy             Morgan
   Eaton             Mc’Coll
Fortassin 2            Laidlaw 4
Fortassin 2               Laidlaw 
                                    Twelvetrees 2