Pro D2: “Playing without pressure will perhaps be positive for us”, hopes Vincent Farré before SU Agen’s trip to Dax

Pro D2: “Playing without pressure will perhaps be positive for us”, hopes Vincent Farré before SU Agen’s trip to Dax
Pro D2: “Playing without pressure will perhaps be positive for us”, hopes Vincent Farré before SU Agen’s trip to Dax

The Landais makes his return as a starter this Friday against Dax, after a season hampered by injuries. He hopes that the group will be able to react collectively to end on a good note.

How do you prepare for this type of match without any particular stakes?

It’s obviously special. But a lot of players will leave us at the end of the season. So we are keen to finish well for them and for the club, to gain some pride after this bad series. There is less pressure than during the regular season. We are kept and we have nothing more to play. But we have to perform and try to win.

On a personal level, after your almost blank season due to injuries, we can imagine your motivation for this match…

As soon as I play, I want to perform, even in a friendly match. I think the whole group is in the same state of mind as me. It’s a special match where we still have to remain involved. But we have an “easy” group on this point.

The danger of this match would be to fall into “hurray rugby” or on the contrary is that what you are going to look for in Dax?

Playing without pressure will perhaps be positive for us. For the past one or two years, pressure has been our problem. We have difficulty managing it, especially at home. We will see where the team is at without asking questions and play hard.

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Is holding on to qualified potential also a motivational lever?

Of course we want to win this match. With this group, we maintained our position two years ago and qualified last year. We want to finish well together. For the Dacquois, it’s a high-stakes match. If they take five points, they will qualify. They are going to bet everything on this match, especially since there are three or four former members of the club who are playing their last game at home. We are expecting a big, competitive match.

Physically, how do you feel after your return to competition?

I am very good. After my ankle injury, I started again a little too early. I wasn’t necessarily physically ready. As a result, I had two concussions in Béziers. So there, I wanted to take the time and work physically. I played 30 minutes in Valencia. Afterwards, I was a little short of facing Biarritz so I stayed rested. I took the opportunity to work on land over the last two weeks. Today, I feel ready, I have no apprehensions. It is the most important.

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