“Charles Ollivon spoke of chaos. Anthony Jelonch said he had never faced such tough forwards. Tell us about the intensity of the fight against the South Africans…
We had to respond. What we said to each other during the week was that we shouldn’t respect our bodies. That we had to put one hundred percent of our commitment possible. This (Saturday) evening, we lost men who committed, who did not cheat (Baille is out on injury, Atonio and Flament for concussion, Danty for a fracture of the orbital floor). They kept their word. For Thibaud (flamingo), for having discussed it with him, the lights went out on a tackle. It’s sad to lose guys like that. We had monsters in front. Physically, I had never experienced such intensity. There were also excesses of intensity, on both sides.
Do we enjoy this kind of game?
Yes we take it. Even more that we are afraid, that we go from moments when we lead to moments when we are led. We take pleasure when we win at the end and beat the world champion team three years ago. The end of matches are scenarios that we work on during the week. Sometimes we are told that there are two minutes left, that we are leading and that we have to keep the ball. Sometimes it’s the opposite scenario, we’re behind and we have to score. It helps us a lot when we are in a match on the pitch. We have moments when we are inside like this end of the first half, we lead 13-0 and we turn to 13-10. The start of the second half too, there is like an air pocket. This needs to be corrected. But we are sure of our strength. We were eagerly awaited in terms of the conquest and we responded present.
“I have never felt such an atmosphere. There are times when we just don’t get along. It was amazing. »
What did you think of the performance of Sekou Macalouentered the wing in the 12th minute?
Ah ben Sekou, he is exceptional. I never doubted him. He is an excellent, versatile player. He proved all his talent. He is a player who runs faster than our three-quarters.
Did the atmosphere of the Velodrome help you?
I have never felt such an atmosphere. There are times when we just don’t get along. It was amazing.
On a personal level, after an average start to the season at Racing, after an average performance against Australia, we found you at the level you were at against the All Blacks a year ago…
Yes, I think it was about time. I’m happy to be able to find my level in such an important match. Now we have to stay there. If I doubted? No, I had no doubts. I knew this match was important, that I had to be there. I was well supported by my partner, my family, the staff, the players. I never lost hope. I know what I am capable of. I just needed a little time (to, among other things, digest his transfer from UBB to Racing).
Has it become a goal to get to the World Cup without losing?
I don’t think that’s a goal. We know that at the next tournament, we will have to go to Ireland and England, which are solid teams. In three years, we have played almost all the big nations. We’re a bit screwed up. We just want to arrive ready for the Cup, ready to win it. »