“It won’t work”, the cold and lucid observation of Ihaia West after the victory over Pau

“It won’t work”, the cold and lucid observation of Ihaia West after the victory over Pau
“It won’t work”, the cold and lucid observation of Ihaia West after the victory over Pau

Okay, the Rochelais came out with a victory in their match against Pau. But this victory, once again, is difficult to convince. This match was very far from being the best of the season and in the end, the Maritimes only won this match by two points, and in addition with a try which made people talk about the Section Paloise and Sébastien Piqueronies (final score : 25-23).

When we know that Stade Rochelais will travel to Stade Toulousain in two weeks, there is reason to be concerned. Because the Toulouse team, even on the road and even with a reshuffled group, managed to win against Montpellier, notably thanks to a strong first half.

“We don’t play with a lot of confidence”

This Haut-Garonne team requires all its opponents to raise their level a notch. But will Ronan O’ Gara’s men be able to do it? Ihaia West was categorical in an interview with Sud Ouest: giving Ernest Wallon the same performance as Saturday evening is the assurance of a big slap in the face. It’s still too messy. But La Rochelle doesn’t have much time left to

At the moment, we’re not playing with a lot of confidence but the most important thing is to win and that’s what we did. We must try to regain our confidence and our best level.

(…) If we play a match like that in Toulouse, it won’t work. We have a few days of training next week to look at areas for improvement. We will be fresher after a week without a match while they play the Champions Cup final. But if we want to do something there, we will need a much better level.

While waiting for this match, the Rochelais will be the first supporters of Stade Toulousain this weekend, against Leinster. This final will undoubtedly be a little complicated to watch since this time, they will only be spectators.

To sum up

Okay, the Rochelais came out with a victory in their match against Pau. But this victory, once again, is difficult to convince. And Ihaia West knows well that against their next opponent, which will be Toulouse, such a performance will not be enough to win.

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