No time to breathe. The Blues remain with their clubs in the European Cup this weekend, a week after the end of the Six Nations tournament, in the wake of three high-intensity matches. A great way to “move forward” quickly.
The body and mind that suffered last night (27-23) against Scotland, the French international from Toulouse, who had just returned from Marcos, was eager to attend last Saturday’s Stade Ernest-Valent’s stand. Match against Montpellier in the top 14.
They had the right the next day to think about rugby (or not) the next day, before playing in the warm-up match on Saturday for the eighth final of the European Cup, with the Irish in Munster on Saturday.
“We knew very well that the important deadlines for coming home would come very soon,” Scoom half describes Antoine DuPont. “We didn’t have much rest, but we were ready for it.”
The Blues des Rouge et Noir did not all return to the Southwest in the same physical condition. Right-hander Dorian Aldegeri played very little with France’s eleventh, taking over the tournament more than two months after opener Romain Natamak was ruled out due to injury.
– “Investment and Concern” –
“Romain is not stupid, but it gave him a good experience even to test himself at a higher level,” said Ugo Mola, his coach at Toulouse.
Hooker Julian Marouchand, left-wingers Cyril Bailey and Antoine DuPont “continue to be very open and a series of three high-level meetings (England, Wales and Scotland),” the technician continues.
“In a normal world, we would have the opportunity to quietly reorganize them in a championship match and play behind the European Cup finals,” Mola said.
Had it not been for France’s XI’s pollution wave as a result of the postponement of the match against Scotland, his Tollon-bound Patrice Colosso would have recovered his French international matches a week earlier.
“We would have wanted to welcome them in better condition than our poor performance last week (54-16 heavy defeat to Lyon in the league),” the RCT coach said, two days away from a dangerous trip to Ireland on Friday. Leinster Province. “But I’m found that players are investing and worrying. They’m happy to come back and put things in perspective.”
– “A little cold” –
Faced with this terrible pace of big competitions, people like Julian Mouchand are happy to be back home after a long tunnel with the Blues.
“We enjoyed two months there, but it’s been a pleasure to return to Tolas and find the habits and group,” said the young hooker.
People like Ntamack see it as a good way to keep pace: “We stay at the same concentration as the tournament, so we don’t have time to relax.”
There are those like the Tollon Saukram-half Baptist Series, a quick series that allows us not to get overwhelmed by the final “disappointment” of the tournament: “we have to go to another”.
“We internationals are still a little bit innovative because it was a mental and physical legend. Some of the Tollons have played a lot,” he underlines. .
However, not everyone wants to rest next week. “It doesn’t have to be a good sign,” DuPont smiled.
It will mark the elimination of the European Cup this weekend. So let’s still wait for the holidays.