Day 8 - Menton - Monaco

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End Apr 08, 2012

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

So far we have had wonderful weather on tour. Today we woke up to grey skies and a light drizzle. After a good breakfast we headed off to pick up the supporters at their hotel and then on to a seaside town called Menton. 

Menton is a holiday town used mainly by the locals. Most tourists go to Nice for their holiday. It is a beautiful town. Our bus dropped us off at the harbour and we then climbed up a very steep hill to a small cemetery. Here we paid our respects at the grave of the man who invented this wonderful game we play,watch and coach - William Webb Ellis.

After the walk down the hill we enjoyed a picnic lunch that was provided by the hostel. An hour of free time and then we were off to Monaco.

On arrival on Monaco the bus dropped us off on the South side of town. We had a long walk from the end of the town all the way along the famous Grand Prix track up the hill to the Monte Carlo Casino.  From the casino we headed down the other side of the hill past the hair pin bend of the track and into the tunnel. Here we met our bus driver who had parked in an underground parking. It was an amazing experience to be here and see this beautiful town.

We boarded the bus headed for Nice for match 3. Our opponents changed as Monaco Rugby Club could not field enough players of the correct age. The Stade Laurentin Club in Nice agreed to host us. 

Match review:

Although the opponents were as physical and as big as our previous opponents they lacked the skill we had seen in our first two games. The weather had cleared a bit during the day for our sightseeing but the rain returned in the evening with avengence. The match kicked off at 17h30 in overcast conditions and dry conditions on an astro turf pitc. Soon after that the rain started.

Bryanston played well dominating the first half and lead 8-7 at the break thanks to a try by Favian Gasser and penalty by Henrique Torrao.

The second half was error ridden by both teams as the conditions got worse. We did not have much territorial advantage in the second half. The only score came three minutes from the end when we were awarded a penalty, but it was reversed as the French ref thought we had chirped him. An unfortunate way to lose but the boys played well.

The forwards played very well and backs improved 100% from the last match. 

Man of the match: Dylan Wingrove

The  after match function was festive with boys singing songs. A passionate rendition of the national anthem by the Bryanston boys ended off a fantastic day on tour.
Tomorrow we have some sightseeing in Nice then board the TGV train to Paris.
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