The entire Bayonnais got in tune to offer themselves the most successful victory of their season. For 80 minutes, they recited their lesson perfectly. The…
The entire Bayonnais got in tune to offer themselves the most successful victory of their season. For 80 minutes, they recited their lesson perfectly. The plan was simple: stop the steamroller before it started. Except on the ball carried from the 5me minute, never started. Because the blue and whites have attacked at all costs, and for very low, another declared objective. “We drink barrels all afternoon,” smiles López. They run over you But we face each other. It was a key point of the game. »
“We mastered our subject and the La Rochelle machine had no plan B”
There was another, just as precious. The kicking game of number 10 Maxime Machenaud and Gaëtan Germain has consistently returned the Marítimos to their camp. One stat says it all: Grégory Patat’s band hit the equivalent of 1.29 km of kicks in the game. By comparison, the Rochelais were content with 825 metres. “We had put in place a strategy, in particular about occupying the field with deep footwork, to be able to push them back,” says the coach. In the absence of Hastoy and Dulin, it emerged that only Kerr-Barlow was able to respond in this duel from a distance. We mastered our subject and the La Rochelle machine had no plan B. We didn’t do too badly. The technician uses understatement.
Aside from the offensive touches, the recurring black dot, and the overly random possession, almost everything worked. He quickly got back on the scoreboard thanks to the essential Sireli Maqala (10me), the Basques then took the lead thanks to the foot of Gaëtan Germain, author of 19 points. They then displayed a rare quality for an ascended, but always present from the 1D day: efficiency. Therefore, he finished off the point after returning from the locker room, with two attempts in quick succession (43meFour. Fiveme).
Each time, Camille López’s foot made the difference. In the first, even, she distributed her fourth assistance on foot since the beginning of the season. No one has done better in the Top 14. The southpaw even had the luxury of doing it with his right. A fake pass to suck the defense, a safe flat foot” and the rebound that works well in Gaëtan’s hands. It’s a kick in the ass! » jokes the author. Given the recurrence in the success of the feat for two months, it is quite the opposite.
“Camille is able to see spaces and give her friends caviar in a very small space,” appreciates Patat. She came for a project: to grow the oar. She dedicates herself 100% to this task. Like her performance, she makes the team grow, her teammates. It is not trivial, this notion of pragmatism that we develop at the slightest opportunity. We are lucky to have it. He is a great leader. Now she had good soldiers by her side. So much so that for the first time this year, Aviron’s success was recorded long before the final whistle.
Patat silences the skeptics
More than the third home win, it is the opponent’s pedigree that enhances Bayonne’s success. It doesn’t change the goal in any way, the upkeep, but it says something about the core of this group. “I am proud of our three victories, but this one validates all the work at the beginning of the season, says the coach. About the content, we grew up today (this Saturday). I blamed the guys for not having enough confidence in their abilities and they went to their last resources. We may have sent a small signal: that it would be difficult to come and win with us. »
“I had no revenge to take, except maybe with a certain person, but that’s all”
I sent him several, personally. His consistent and polished plan for six matches has so far silenced skeptics of his appointment as manager of a Top 14 club. In beating his former team with a perfectly crafted strategy, Grégory Patat has also indulged in a little gluttony. “I have friends on the opposing team. He had no revenge to take, except perhaps with a certain person, but that was it. “Usually very loud in the stands, Ronan O’Gara was silent throughout the second half. The coach that he no longer wanted at La Rochelle has achieved everything. Even leaving Camille López a minute from the end to receive the ovation he deserves.
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