Top 14 – Aviron Bayonnais: without Maqala, with Muscarditz for the trip to Toulouse
We do not change a winning team, or almost. For the shock that awaitsRowing Bayonne
in Toulouse, this Saturday, February 4, as part of the 17th day of the championship, the staff is making three changes in the group of players who will face the Stadium, undisputed leader of the Top 14 this season.
Indeed, in the starting fifteen, Rowing will do without its X factor, Sireli Maqala. Omnipresent in attack (four tries) and in defense, particularly in the ruck areas, the Fijian center three-quarter is left to rest. This season, he has played 15 games (for 13 starts). Instead, Peyo Muscarditz should start, associated with Eneriko Buliruarua. This will be the eighth game sheet of the season (half/half between Top 14
and Challenge Cup) for the former Bayonne captain.
Makala, at rest
On the bench, two other players will make their comeback. The first, Jean Monribot
. The third line, which will end its career on the show of the season, will play its first minutes in the league. He played the last two European Cup matches, in Treviso and against the Scarlets. Also in the group, Thomas Dolhagaray. The young 22-year-old worker should take the place of Jason Robertson, absent this Thursday from training on the lawn of Jean Dauger.
Other absences on the Bayonne side: that of Konstantin Mikautadze. The international second line was called up for 15 days to play with Georgia in Tournament B. For his part, Court Marland
had to shorten his session at the start of training. The English Aviron winger had a muscular alert. For the time being, he has played a match under the Bayonne colors, on January 21, against the Scarlets.
Still no Olajuwon Noa (left midfoot sprain), and Afa Amosa (sprained left ankle) on the other hand. Otherwise, the group was able to find Yann David, and among the young people who trained with the pros, Victor Hannoun and Jean Guicherd, the young third row.
Possible Bayonne team
1- Swan CORMENIER; 2- Fabundo BOSCH
; 3- Pascal COET
4- Denis MARCHOIS (c); 5- Thomas CEYTE
6-Pierre HUGUET; 8- Uzair CASSIEM; 7- Baptiste HEGUY
9-Guillaume ROUET; ten- Camille Lopez
11- Rémy BAGET; 12- Peyo Muscarditz; 13- Siréli MAQALA; 14- Arnaud ERBINARTEGARAY
15- Luc MORAHAN
Replacements: 16- Thomas ACQUIER; 17-Matis PERCHAUD; 18- Manuel LEINDEKAR
; 19- Jean MONRIBOT; 20- Maxime MACHENAUD; 21- Thomas DOLHAGARAY; 22- Guillaume MARTOCQ
; 23- Pieter SCHOLZ