Top 14 – Stade Français – Bordeaux-Bègles. Technique: Paris, twenty minutes of culpable indiscipline in the semi-final

Top 14 – Stade Français – Bordeaux-Bègles. Technique: Paris, twenty minutes of culpable indiscipline in the semi-final
Top 14 – Stade Français – Bordeaux-Bègles. Technique: Paris, twenty minutes of culpable indiscipline in the semi-final

Superior in conquest and clearly physically fresher than UBB, the Parisians nevertheless gave in to the Girondins due to being too late at the start of the match, linked to astonishing indiscipline.

Can we decently, vis-à-vis poor Joris Segonds who must already blame himself enough, explaining the Parisian defeat by the clumsiness of his opener facing the posts, ultimately logical if we want to remember that Stade Français had the worst goal success rate in the Top 14 before kick-off? We wouldn’t dare it, in truth, even if it is undeniable that the two posts hit by the future Bayonnais weighed very heavily. Because, to put it bluntly, the deep and collective reasons for the defeat of the Parisians are probably to be found elsewhere. And most certainly in this terrible indiscipline during the first 20 minutes, which saw the pink soldiers commit no less than six faults, including four in a row. Enough to offer the Bordelo-Béglais the ammunition to occupy the opposing camp and place two good carried balls, which ultimately widened an irremediable gap… Surprising? Not really, knowing that our consultant Xavier Garbajosa feared precisely this pitfall for Laurent Labit’s men. “The other side of the coin, of the Parisian defense, is potentially its indiscipline, estimated the former international three-quarter. Their defensive game presents an element of risk, including that of fouling. When we go up hard and play counter-rucks, we put ourselves at the limit. To be able to leverage their strengths, the Parisians will have to maintain discipline. The key is also there, for them. In the final phase, we cannot give away easy points. You have to find the balance point, increase commitment while remaining within the limit, therefore master your emotions, and stay in control to avoid too much indiscipline. »

Before half-time, a decisive series of scrums

Suffice to say that, at the start of the match, the Parisians were unable to avoid this trap, like Rory Kockott too often caught by Mr. Brousset. All the more annoying since from the 30e minute, the latter had clearly put their physical imprint on the game, as the winning manager Yannick Bru sportingly acknowledged on Canal +. “It’s very hard to face this team, who are masters in the art of thwarting the opponent. She kicks the ball, imposes a lot of intensity in the races with her chases and her intensity in the fight, while offering a big challenge at pack level where she is one of the best placed teams in the championship. In my opinion, there was a real turning point in this match, it was this series of scrums in front of our line just before half-time, in which we won a standoff that counted. » To the point of encouraging Paul Gabrillagues to change his mind and choose the touchline rather than the scrum in the 84e. With the consequences that we know since, if the test of hope was indeed scored by Peyresblanques, its transformation was completely wrong…

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