After three defeats in a row (Pau, Montpellier and Biarritz), Stade Français is 12th in the ranking of this Top 14 with 19 points, just one length from the red zone where the two promoted, Perpignan and Biarritz are located. But the Parisian club can not help but look higher by cursing these points stupidly lost on the way.
Before welcoming La Rochelle (4th, 29 points), a big team in clear regain of form, this Sunday (9:05 pm) at the Jean-Bouin stadium, the manager Gonzalo Quesada admitted: “We know that we are at a point last place, but we do not lose sight of the fact that we are 6 points behind 6th place. On our last two defeats, against Montpellier and Biarritz, if we had finished the job, we would be in the 6, and that annoys us ”.
The objective is therefore to hold the entire match against La Rochelle, and to make fewer mistakes. “We know that we have the weapons to face La Rochelle, but we will have to do it for 80 minutes,” said Quesada, who praised the commitment of his group, “very demanding of himself, who does not seek himself apologies, it’s very reassuring ”. “We have a group of determined, angry players,” he says. It will take determination to shake up the best defense in the championship.
Make fewer mistakes
Main point worked on this week in Paris: discipline, which cost a lot of points at the end of the match, especially on the Basque coast. The Pink Soldiers received a visit from the referee Romain Poite, who came to give some advice, as the regulations allow. “He gave us individual feedback, especially on our offensive support, where we cannot control ourselves, where we go a lot towards the ground and we are whistled a lot,” explained third line Romain Briatte. It’s up to us to have better attitudes to send a positive message to the referees. “
The Parisians will always be deprived of Marcos Kremer (holidays), and of the injured Sanchez, Castets, Maestri, Panis, Chapuis, Delbouis, Naivalu and Veianu. Sekou Macalou has just resumed training after his injury with the XV of France remains very uncertain.