Rouen enjoys now because it remains in Pro D2. Bayonne…
Rouen enjoys now because it remains in Pro D2. Bayonne is waiting to have left it. The hardest part is yet to be done. “There is still the best part,” smiled with a Spanish accent, the insatiable third line Asier Usarraga, future Castres player. Two games to play, maybe three as one, with at the end, a lot of joy or too much pain. While waiting for Yannick Bru, “we are where we said we would be. A new season begins, lasting three weeks. »
The Aviron manager was satisfied with the performance of a “determined Bayonne”, who had “checked this first step”. It was “important to do it, because we heard a lot about us during the season. We swallowed it, digested it, we worked”, he continued, before pointing out without naming “many dissatisfied people” who “showed their anger lately” and won “surely many, many things with Rowing these last years “.
Bitter, Yannick Bru then alternated in the mixed zone between pride for his players and this palpable resentment towards “certain people who must be very uncomfortable at the moment”. This assumed revenge, although measured by the distance still to be traveled by Yannick Bru and his men, was mixed with a funny Basque-Norman party spirit.
A common project
Thursday evening, while the Rouennais communed with the entire North stand, although partly won over to their cause, while the men in green celebrated in their corner the jubilee of Mr. Datas, the central referee, the rest de Jean-Dauger honored his starters. Thirteen players and a large part of the staff. Photos, tears and hugs; next season, Rowing will begin a new cycle after four years under the baton of the former hooker. This is how, Top 14 or not, a metamorphosis will take place. It is already manifesting itself through the contours of a sports complex eager to grow.
I believe that the 23 of tonight and even all the friends who have not played want to go in the same direction “
All season, the group trained near the construction site of the Europcar grandstand, imperturbable. And after the party this weekend, because “the guys peeled it”, they will get back to work. The road is still long. “We had a meeting at the beginning of the week, we said things to each other, detailed the starter Maxime Delonca. We wondered how far we wanted to go. I believe that the 23 tonight and even all the friends who haven’t played want to go in the same direction. “Yannick Bru did not budge, he “accepted” but “will not forget anything”. On the pitch, he, like the group, applies what he promises himself. “Everyone will look for sources of motivation where they want them. You have to have good reasons to be motivated. Like wanting to create common memories with people who will leave at the end, he says, ending on a high-quality emotional adventure, and also, putting this magnificent club back at the highest level of French rugby.
Victorious with the offensive bonus and eight tries scored, Bayonne did not tremble against Rouen. Difficult to blame him for his few shells in touch and on some of his offensives. Rowing played an almost perfect match against Jean-Dauger and ended its regular season with 100 points. “Life is a party”, said the people of Rouen. The Bayonnais them, would like to do it in Montpellier.