Top 14: despite its defeat in the semi-final against Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Français can see the future rosy

Top 14: despite its defeat in the semi-final against Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Français can see the future rosy
Top 14: despite its defeat in the semi-final against Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Français can see the future rosy

Another loss in a knockout match. Since 2015, and the Brennus shield won at the time by Sergio Parisse’s teammates, Stade Français has not won a final phase match. Firstly because he no longer qualified (six seasons outside the Top 6). Or, when it succeeded, in 2021 and 2023, the Parisian club fell in the quarter-finals against its neighbor Racing. This year, it was in the semi-final, obtained directly by a good second place in the regular season, that Stade Français fell against UBB (20-22) at the end of an incredible scenario, Joris Segonds having missed the transformation of a try for equalization in added time.

“If we don’t win, the season will not be successful,” warned captain Paul Gabrillagues, on the eve of this defeat at Matmut Atlantique. Certainly, something is still missing at this Stade Français, valiant in defense but limited in attack, to be invited to the table of Bordeaux (four Top 14 semi-finals in a row), La Rochelle (twice finalist and twice champions of Europe), without even mentioning the Toulouse ogre. The Stade Français, the biggest budget in the French Championship, must for the moment only be satisfied with crumbs.

But, as great as the disappointment, everything is not to be thrown away. Already, statistically, with this semi-final, Stade Français achieved its best result since 2015. By finishing second in the regular season standings, with the best defense and the greatest number of away victories, the Parisians n They have nothing to be ashamed of. They beat every team in the country, and their painful play cracked many.

Carbonel and Tanga, strong recruits for next season

Then, this result was obtained under the leadership of a new staff, led by Laurent Labit and Karim Ghezal, defectors from the French XV, in a season truncated by the World Cup. The duo only arrived in October. The graft took rather well under these conditions. And the work can continue on a good basis next year.

Especially since the collective, so important in rugby, responded. Shaken by an extra-sporting affair (Giovanni Habel-Küffner was suspended after violence during an unauthorized outing in Pau), the group united, and the third row returned. The results have not faltered. Without genius, with an iron defense, discreet but generous leaders (Gabrillagues, Ward, Briatte), former rogues just right (Kockott, Ivaldi), uninhibited young locals (Barré, Abramishvili) and a public again the appointment.

This explosive cocktail, the president king of the sweet drink Hans-Peter Wild, who bought the club in 2017, hopes to be able to improve it further. Placing his full confidence in Laurent Labit on recruitment, the Swiss billionaire has validated interesting reinforcements. International Louis Carbonel (25 years old, 5 caps) arrives from Montpellier and will have the keys to the Parisian game at the opening. It compensates for the departure of Joris Segonds to Bayonne. Another Blue, Yoan Tanga (27 years old, 3 caps), arrives from La Rochelle, while Habel-Küffner also leaves for the Basque coast. Without forgetting the arrival of the 23-year-old Portuguese winger, Raffaele Costa-Storti, top scorer in Pro D2 with Béziers.

All in a new training center, the former PSG HQ at Camp des Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Enough to hope, finally, to win a final phase match next year?

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