Mola justifies his choice to bench Ramos in the Champions Cup final

Mola justifies his choice to bench Ramos in the Champions Cup final
Mola justifies his choice to bench Ramos in the Champions Cup final

Stade Toulousain will be, this Saturday (3:45 p.m.), looking for a 6th European trophy against Leinster, in London, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. For this match which may be historic in the history of the Rouge & Noir club, Ugo Mola decided to line up the same fifteen as against Harlequins in the semi-final. As a result, Thomas Ramos will start on the bench.

Stade Toulousain faces Leinster in the Champions Cup final this Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. For this final, Ugo Mola, the coach of the Rouge & Noir club, chose to field the same fifteen as against Harlequins in the semi-final.

Consequently, Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka and Dorian Aldegheri will hold the first line, supported by Thibaud Flamand and Emmanuel Meafou in the second line. Jack Willis, François Cros and Alexandre Roumat will make up the third line. Antoine Dupont, the captain, will be accompanied by Romain Ntamack at the hinge. Juan Cruz Mallia and Matthis Lebel are aligned on the wings while Paul Costes and Pita Akhi will be in the center. Finally, Blair Kinghorn will be at full-back, leaving Thomas Ramos on the substitutes’ bench.

The choice to do without Thomas Ramos was complicated to make for Ugo Mola, according to his words at the pre-match press conference: “It’s never pleasant to leave players who deserve just as much to play this kind of events. We very quickly shorten the choice of men to their replacements. It’s a general balance. Thomas Ramos is not only in competition with Blair Kinghorn. We also try to have this emulation. have a very good team at the end of the game.”

Thomas Ramos, a valuable kicking game at the end of the match

Indeed, in his press conference, Ugo Mola made a point of recalling the importance of finishing matches well in the European Cup final. According to Stade Toulousain coach, Thomas Ramos, despite his non-starting, will be of capital importance in this Champions Cup final: “When you have fun watching the finals of recent years, they are not played with the line right of Longchamp They end up two-three points apart Perhaps the scorer represented by Thomas (Ramos), without being a guesser, will be able to help us and bring us all his experience at the end of the match. , rugby is played at 23 and obviously, the constitution of the bench and the end of the match are of almost identical importance to that of starting.”

Stade Toulousain, whose last victory in the Champions Cup dates back to 2021, will try to win, this Saturday, the 6th European Cup in its history and go a little further into the history of rugby.

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