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They vote unanimously for Diochon. The Rouen to maintain a joy of playing there in the season, and their first appearances against Narbonne and Colomiers reinforced their feeling. Carried by 2,634 spectators, the Lions devoured all believed the promoted (57-16), before doing well against a very strong team of Colomiers, defeated 19-24 in front of an increasing crowd (3,204 supporters). “It’s great to play in a fairly full stadium, people are happy to be there, you can feel it,” said captain Mathieu Bonnot. it gives us the feeling of being at home, even more than before. “
Paul Surano judges that the public pushes much more than at Mermoz. “The encouragement is more relevant to the large stands. “The second Lucas Cazac line measures” the added value. As soon as he has a crossing, we feel an effervescence. And then, the audience of Diochon influences a chouia the referee, which did not happen before. “
La Rabine in Vannes, the model …
“It’s an arena, in Mermoz, there was no proximity to the athletic track,” underlines the pillar Antoine Fournier, who would like to quickly approach a parallel with Vannes. “At La Rabine, there are 8,500 spectators who ensure an atmosphere that never stops. Even as an opponent, it can give you chills. ”
Full-back Kevin Milhorat measures how far he has come since his arrival in Rouen in 2014.
“In Mermoz, there was only one platform and now we are in Diochon. The club continues to evolve. It feels good to play in a big stadium like this. We find ourselves in the same conditions as when we move outside. Mermoz, it reminded us too much that we were still a small Pro D2 club. We are now like the others. “
Holder against Narbonne and Colomiers, the neo-Rouen Willy N’Diaye had almost discovered with surprise Mermoz last season under the colors of Valence / Romans. “It was a bit strange this small stadium, landlocked without too many stands. We would have thought we were back in Espoirs or Crabos. Lucas Cazac judges that Mermoz could maintain a damaging routine. “As we trained there all week, on game day, it was perhaps less of a place to defend. “
Child of the club, the third line Fabien Vincent played against Narbonne and Colomiers his ninth and tenth games in Diochon. “It’s a total evolution, if we play good matches, the public will come back and the people who weren’t there will come. At a difficult moment, they can push us or we encourage us to continue when things are going well. “
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