Nine points in as many games. The performance of the Stade Français, last in the ranking of Top 14, is nothing like that of a candidate in the finals. Ambitions that its highest budget of the Hexagon would however make legitimate. No, this season, after the defeat in the derby against Racing (9-25) and a delay of seven and eight points on Agen and Brive, the Parisians now populate the championship below. And the future displacement in Corrèze on December 1st is already announced as decisive. Even a bonus victory would not pick up the peloton of misclassified.
The Parisian coaches will have plenty of time to prepare the shock of fear because the chance of the calendar offers them a dress rehearsal next Friday at Jean-Bouin against these same Brivists in the European Cup.
"First of all, I apologize to the fans, but I do not want to find any," tight-lipped Heyneke Meyer said, noticing the extent of the damage to an evening that ended in the public's whistles. Parisian. The South African coach again received strong support from its owner-president on Saturday during the presentation of the new organization chart of the Parisian club. But it is clear that the former breeder of the Springboks still has not found the remedies for the ills.
"We are missing everything on this match"
"This one, it hurts", confirms the captain Yoann Maestri who strived to keep his calm against the journalists but who was eager to go through his nerves as the frustration was immense. "Let's hope this defeat remains the most bitter and painful of the season. We are missing everything on this match. We must be lucid, there is now a big gap between us and the rest of the championship. The arrival of the globalists like Fickou or Gabrillagues did not produce the expected miracles and did not act as a magic wand on a squad in doubt. The evil is deeper. "We have to react in groups," said Maestri.
The sentence is all the harder that it is driven by Racing, the great regional rival all happy to revive his season until then dull also. It is also hard to swallow because it closes an open parenthesis at the beginning of the week that saw Thomas Lombard make his mark to restore a little luster to a Parisian house credit well undergone.