Carried by a wind of lightness and ardor, the ascended red achieved a resounding comeback against Union Bordeaux…
Carried by a wind of lightness and ardor, the promoted red team achieved a resounding comeback against Union Bordeaux-Bègles, during the first day. Second victim, two weeks later, still in Aguilera: Racing 92. Well, well… The direction of the neighbors is like two drops of rain in the Basque Country.
The example of Biarritz
The hardest part starts today for Aviron Bayonnais. After four games, the Blue and Whites have scored two hits at home, after just as many defeats away from home. For the soundtrack, the honeymoon had stopped at this point. After a severe setback in La Rochelle. This will be the next rival that comes to Jean-Dauger (October 8).
Asked about the promises of the start of the season, the experienced Maxime Machenaud (33 years old, 38 caps) tempered his enthusiasm. “I have known this championship for quite some time, recalled the scrum half, who is playing his thirteenth Top 14 season. The easiest thing is now. The hardest thing is when October, November, December and January arrive. They are four crucial months to define a season. Rowing will travel to Brive next Saturday. October 1st.
So obviously what is taken can no longer be taken. But looking at the roadmap, Aviron has already lost some precious units. At least one, in Paris. Even four, if you want to provoke remorse. “In this championship you have to score points quickly, Machenaud insisted under the gaze of Gaspard (8 years old) and Augustin (who will soon be 6 years old), the two oldest of his. We left some on the road last week. There we beat a big chunk, but I have the impression that there are another 13… We can be satisfied but we have to quickly change to something else because this championship is a washing machine. »
The Bayonnais identify some reasons for optimism, in addition to the accounting aspect (8 points). He knew how to respond present at the end of the game, something that had not happened in Toulon (40-25) and Paris (26-16). “It was really important to rectify the situation. Again, we didn’t finish very well either, as we scored points at the end, but we didn’t fail. We were very close, that’s what you have to remember. I think we could have saved ourselves such a difficult ending by having a little more control. I am thinking about two or three balls that we threw back, when we should go home even more, especially in conditions that were not very ideal for the game.
“Brive has already lost twice at home. A third time would be detrimental…”
The former number 9 of Racing will also have noticed the adaptation of his people to a diverse rugby. The forwards responded more than present, this Saturday, while the weather offered a preview of the rest of the championship. “We are entering a period in which there will be more games so a good game, we have to polish the work of the forwards and the conquest, but we were quite efficient in this sector and this battle for territory that the coach mentions. »