Monaco Rugby Sevens were defeated in their second consecutive final in as many weeks, however, their place in the Grand Final in October has already been secured.
Just one week after their defeat in Clermont at the hands of UBB Sevens (17-19), Monaco succumbed to another final defeat, this time against Selection Paloise Sevens (26-31).
Monaco’s Paris ticket booked
Jérémy Aicardi’s men began the Lyon finals well, sweeping aside Oyonnax Rugby (38-07) before coming out in a tighter tie against Lou Rugby Sevens (21-14). A win against Racing Metro 92 (19-05) then booked their place in the final on Friday.
Against Palois, Monaco’s opponent in the Grand Final last season, Aicardi’s men came unstuck.
Despite Palois taking their revenge this time round, Monaco could ultimately have the last laugh as the Monegasques top the standings heading into the final stage in Pau this Friday and have therefore already booked their place in the Grand Final in Paris on 22nd October, where Aicardi’s men will have the chance to defend last season’s title.
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