The first two meetings of the French championship only rarely have the foot in the stirrup to a renewed Saint Gaudin team, rejuvenated, certainly ready to discover it, but still singularly lacking in automatisms.
Swept 72 to 16 at the champion Lézignan then nose 10 to 60 against Limoux during their first performance at home, the Ours have conceded twenty-three tries in two games. And if they take refuge behind the theoretical superiority of their first two opponents, the fact remains that they also realize that the task will be still tough before being able to compete with the leaders of the championship.
The third day already capital
Deamin, direction Toulouse: the derby is still fiercely contested. The TO is, a priori and in theory, an opponent within the reach of the XIII Commingeois. We can understand it that way if we refer to the last confrontations.
Yes, but … The Broncos have firmed, strengthened and are also looking to assert themselves. Beaten by a few points in Albi, then facing Lézignan, they are waiting firmly for the Bears who have lost their footing.
The stakes for Jérôme de Azevedo’s men are already substantial. To lend a side to the Toulousains and to sag as in the first meetings would presage a long and tedious season.
Double or quits: this third day of the championship is already proving crucial.
To restore a tarnished coat, the Bears need a victory that would galvanize their motivation. Men have worked a lot for this. The coach, Jérôme de Azevedo, will be able to count on a workforce up against the wall and aware of the stakes. The probable return to the field of Quentin Quemener, so far injured, is of good quality. By dint of courage and tenacity, the XIII Commingeois will have to stand up. And breathe.