A finalist in the last edition and a good start this year, there is no room for error at Stade Rochelles, at home, against Bath, the bottom of the English Championship.
Daily life is constantly being turned upside down due to the ups and downs of Covid. When it comes to returning to the Champions Cup, Stade Rochelais has had to deal, like other professional teams, with canceled or postponed matches, and positive cases within its workforce. We adapt as much as possible, and we try to be positive. Last week, the Maritimes match in Toulon was postponed due to several cases between Varois. We learned on Friday that it will finally be played on Saturday, March 19th, during the Six Nations Championship. “It is a shame that it was postponed, we prepared well for this match. We were disappointed. But we accept because it is the same rule for everyone,” says La Rochelle director Ronan O’Gara.
These 15 days without play will, at the very least, have the advantage of giving players a little break. “We haven’t changed our schedule. It’s also an opportunity to rest a bit, especially for players like Uini (Atonio) and Peter (burgerite)“,” The Irish technician agrees. The Maritimes’ last game dates back to the beginning of the year, when La Rochelle lost at Custer Prairie (31-30), collapsing in the last moments after taking a 24-3 lead. “This defeat hurt my head, International prostitute recognizes Pierre Bourget. We were able to cut, the much better. But if we have to play (against Toulon)We would have done it. We “switched” on to something else and got back to work.
Is the European Cup less beautiful this year? Last year, we won a (group) match and qualified
So resume with the European Cup. A competition where Rochelais now has the status of European Vice-Champions. After their victory over Glasgow in the opening and their green-carpet draw against Bath, Rochelle Stadium (fourth in Group A) is in a position to qualify. Votes have been raised (Christoph Orius, Camille Lopez) to counter this version of the Continental Games that would be distorted and would not have “More reasonableWith the cancellation of these matches, the postponement of these matches, and then the imposition of a tie. “Is the European Cup less beautiful this year? Last year we won a game (from chicken) And we qualified Pierre Bourget recalls, referring to a similar case of UBB. Of course, this is strange. EPCR decisions please some and anger others. We still have a chance to qualify and we will do everything for it.”
He will achieve that success in Delflandre on Saturday against Bath. It will be a good fourth time: last year, the two matches with this English team were canceled, as was the first leg of this season. Theoretically, a forbidden foul on Stade Rochelais against the bottom of the Premier League (13th and last place with only 10 points). However, Bath woke up from the lack of confidence last weekend by signing against Worcester for the first victory of his season. “It’s strange, I grew up in Ireland and Bath was one of the biggest teams in England and Europe. It’s hard to understand their background and how they got there. They won their first game last weekend. It’s a team with a lot of big names. And I said to the players, ‘I don’t want to. To play the best match against us., warns Ronan O’Gara.
The goal is to be better week by week. But that’s not the case this season
The same distrust on the part of Pierre Bourget: “It’s not going well for them so far. But maybe one day it will come back. This is a team we don’t take lightly. Stade Rochelais – who has had his ups and downs this season – remains focused on what he needs to do, and what he needs to improve on his game. “Between us we are not talking about winning. But what we have to do to get there,” Maritimes director confirms. La Rochelle still does a lot of damage, and the defense is well in place, but their backs could be more efficient. “The goal is to be better week by week. But that is not the case this season, O’Gara recognizes. We have twenty games left to improve. I’m sure the attackers and three quarters can play well together very soon.”
Another problem for the Maritimes: the return of gauges to 5,000 people in stadiums. Not – or less – strong support from the La Rochelle crowd. Last year, behind almost closed doors, this did not stop Bryce Doolin and his teammates from highlighting the Irishman from Leinster, in the European Cup semi-finals. There, even if they lack confidence, the English in Bath must indulge themselves without calculating and sending the match, they have no choice. “It’s going to be a big tempo match, big tempo, Ronan Ujara reassured. But we love these playing conditions. Be careful, however, not to get stuck on the rug.
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