After their first victory of the season against the Rochelais, the Clermontois will set out against what is probably better on the French and European scene at the moment. A great opportunity to confirm their progress and their best consistency against a team that likes to feed on each opponent’s error: a good test!
When we remind Xavier Sadourny that the Clermontois have not won for 7 years in Toulouse, he immediately retorts with a burst of laughter. “We shouldn’t be the only ones! “ Not wrong, the “red and black” only lose once per season on average all competitions include. Lyon and Castres are the only ones to have imposed themselves there since 2018, the shooting window is narrow especially as the Haut-Garonnais, reigning French and European champions seem to be off to a good start again. “It’s a team that perfectly masters its rugby, pursuit of the Clermont trainer, they have made a big start to the season by aligning 3 victories, it is quite simply a great club towards which we have a lot of respect ”. “It’s the biggest piece of the moment, confirm Yohan Beheregaray author last week of a convincing exit for his first tenure after his serious knee injury. It is a club which is in full success and knows how to succeed. It is up to us to ensure that we find the means to stop this beautiful mechanism. The trip to Toulouse is always a test in a season, it allows us to see where we are. “ The Auvergnats awaiting the opportunity during this final meeting of the fourth day that the Toulouse have cross-border at the head of the championship. “It’s no surprise to see them in this place, Xavier emphasizes. They are on a positive dynamic, in full confidence and know how to feed off the slightest error of their opponents as they did during the first 3 days. We know that we will not have the right to make mistakes and that we must not give them the balloons too easily. We will have to be super precise, disciplined and realistic. ”
“The Toulousains have flaws like all the teams. What is difficult is to read them in the heat of the moment and to have the technical mastery to exploit them. »Y Beheregaray
No need to do more than that to motivate the “yellow and blue” who are eager to discover it with this “benchmark” club. “It is always a particular pride to go and rub shoulders with the best”, adds the Bearn hooker. But do not see it as a form of inevitability on the contrary, Yohan is a competitor and there is no question of moving his hands at the top of the handlebars. “It is not possible to say that we are going there to limit the damage, we are going there to give ourselves chances to win. Toulouse have flaws like all teams. What is difficult is to read them in the heat of the moment and to have the technical mastery to exploit them. “ This will be the whole stake of this meeting where Xavier Sadourny attends to his men a kind of exemplarity. “Whether it’s Stade Toulousain or another team, we have to represent the ASM jersey every weekend. We must use this meeting to continue building our season ”. There is no question of seeing the first certainties demolished, the Clermontois are preparing a big test, not a crash test. “This match has to be important for confidence. ” ends Yohan Beheregaray. And when we discuss with him how to strengthen the hooker responds mischievously. “When you lose you look at the way and the behavior, when you win on the outside you pay less attention to it all!” “ We will therefore wish the Auvergnats an analysis as succinct as possible, Monday when they return from the pink city.