Top 14 – Xavier Garbajosa’s column: “Toulouse, it goes further than a game project”

Top 14 – Xavier Garbajosa’s column: “Toulouse, it goes further than a game project”
Top 14 – Xavier Garbajosa’s column: “Toulouse, it goes further than a game project”

Our consultant, a fine connoisseur of the Toulouse stadium, was completely thrilled by the performance of the red and black succession, this Saturday in Montpellier. In his eyes, this is only the submerged part of in-depth work and a winning philosophy.

“How can we not highlight Toulouse’s performance on Saturday? When we see the energy that the young people put in, their movements in the game. Toulouse’s second try is a model of its kind: there are twelve phases of play, a countless number of passes after contacts, constant support, a perfect alternation of axial play and deployed play and more than two minutes of sequence to score Passes after contacts, everyone can try them but it still has to be. effective.

When we see them, we may have the impression that rugby is simple but there is a lot of invisible work behind it. The support for the player, when you work on this every day, you develop your technique, your understanding of the game. There is a form of accomplishment there. The staff manages to convince the players to take initiatives. And at a time when everything is watched and where we can quickly be criticized, the group shows solidarity in errors by advocating the right to make mistakes. We could expect youth on the initiative side, a grain of madness, but there was the question of knowing if they would hold.

With Reinach’s second try just before the break, one would have believed that the MHR had done the hard part and that with all its leaders and its team quality it would end up reversing the trend. But we realized that beyond being good rugby players, they had a remarkable capacity for resilience. The winning culture specific to the Stadium was felt and the guys knew how to be intelligent to manage the end of the match with a numerical inferiority along the way. Honestly, hats off, gentlemen. Hats off to the players, to the kids, to the less young like Piula Faasalele who was decisive in the commitment, to the staff, to the management, to Didier Lacroix, to Ugo Mola, to Jerome Kaino, Virgile Lacombe and David Mélé who work with the hopes and interface with the pros.

Not all of these young people were thrown out to pasture. They train regularly in contact with the best, they feed on Dupont, Cros, Ntamack, Ramos and others who train with them and even come to challenge them. This leads to trust in them and only strengthens internal emulation. Last year or two years ago, they did not have the same results when asked. There was already quality but not yet efficiency. They gained experience as players but above all as men, in surpassing themselves. It is a global project that is bearing fruit. Even when it went through a less prosperous period, the Stadium always put training at the heart of the project, it makes sense more than ever. There is the notion of pleasure, this different rugby, but also and above all this desire to win.

Having experienced it, when someone gives you this speech at 16, it marks you. On Saturday, there were fifteen hopeful champions on the field, all these kids are used to playing finals and high-level matches, they are brought up on it. It goes further than the framework of a game project, it’s a global vision. The Montpellier match is the perfect illustration of all that. When you see little Delpy, 21, who started, was injured in the 10th minute but hung on and got involved; then Kévin Gourgues, 19, came into play in his place. You can imagine the responsibility of finding yourself 10th at Stade Toulouse like that. We should mention them all: there was the little (big) Vergé, the third line also which was very good… Castro Ferreira is monstrous. He goes through all the stages at such speed. Given its magnificent reservoir, we say that Toulouse has a bright future ahead of it for at least ten years.”

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