Biarritz Olympique: “We will send a wagon of Basque cakes to Cantal”, relief after maintaining

Biarritz Olympique: “We will send a wagon of Basque cakes to Cantal”, relief after maintaining
Biarritz Olympique: “We will send a wagon of Basque cakes to Cantal”, relief after maintaining

A continuation without victory. THE Olympic Biarritz resisted for almost an hour of play before giving in to Brive (34-10), this Friday, May 17. The Coujoux were playing for their place in the Top 6 as for the BO, they learned before the final whistle that they would remain in Pro D2. They took advantage of the defeat of Montauban at Aurillac (27-22) which condemned the Sapiac players to this 15th place synonymous with Access Match, on Sunday June 2 at 2 p.m., against the loser of the national final between Narbonne and Nice.

At the final whistle, with another heavy defeat on the Brive lawndespite this maintenance, the players did not celebrate this excellent news. “It’s relief,” breathes Thomas Hebert. “Seasons like that in Biarritz, I hope there will only be one because we have experienced the worst.” After spending most of the season on the edge of the red zone, with long weeks spent as 15th and therefore play-offs, the Biarritz group is breathing.

“You can’t talk about the BO, without talking about the outside”

Full-back Gervais Cordin is aware of this, their salvation comes largely from the victory of the Cantalous. “Today, we are saved thanks to Aurillac. It makes me sad to say thank you to them, but we have to say it. So it’s a relief and a little frustration, because we could have done a lot better with the team we have.” Aurillac, who had nothing left to play for, will therefore have beaten Montauban who was playing to maintain his position. “Aurillac did the job for us, we are going to send a wagonload of Basque cakes to Cantal,” smiles Thomas Hebert.

Everyone knows it, they have “escaped the worst” in the words of Gervais Cordin. “What allowed us not to finish 15th or 16th? There was a team even worse than us.” This team which allowed the red and white to save itself, it was Montauban who had a catastrophic return phase with 12 defeats in 15 matches. Rouen, 16th, started too far away to come back with only 15 small points scored at the end of the first leg.

This season will therefore remain special for all the players. A 2023-24 act, once again, marked by uncertainties around the future of the club with the departure of the Gave-Aldigé duo and the arrival of buyers led by Shaun Hégarty, the former Biarritz center. “The year was very, very hard in all aspects on the pitch, aside… We had a lot of pressure,” underlines Gervais Cordin. Its captain, Dave O’Callaghan continues: “I’m proud that the athlete was a little determined that we finished 14th despite everything. You can’t talk about Biarritz without talking about the outside in recent seasons so yes, there is pride. With this pressure, this context, sales, contracts… We never gave up, we have people in the offices at the BO, they don’t know what they are going to do in the future. stayed together and that’s the most important thing.”

“I see rugby people, square, who have the BO in their hearts”

Now, Dave O’Callaghan and his teammates are looking to the future. “When I replay the film of the season in my head”thinks Thomas Hebert. “I hope this season will strengthen us. We will have to take advantage of it and try not to make the mistakes we made this year. I hope it will toughen us up.” The Irish captain is even “optimistic”. “14th is really not great, but we are still in Pro D2. I am optimistic for the future with these players and the new managers at the club. We can build something, we must no longer reach this point. position there.”

From now on, the third line calls for stability” in the BOPB institution. “It was a year with new players, a new coach who arrived during the season but stability is important for us. In this direction, I see ‘rugby people’ like James Coughlan (Editor’s note: the future sports director), dPeople who are square, people like Shaun Hégarty who have the BO in their hearts. I am optimistic, with Marc Baget, Shaun… They are from the region, it is very important for the future.” What happens next for Biarritz Olympique is now a matter of waiting. Biarritz leaders must receive a decision from the Rugby Regulatory Authority in the coming days. The A2R will say whether or not it gives the green light for Biarritz Olympique to maintain its financial status next season in Pro D2.

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