Jonathan Gibbes (Clermont-Ferrand coach, after the defeat (22-26) at Castres): “Proud and frustrated, because we fought well for a point, we showed character, that’s the positive point, but a lot of mistakes, missed opportunities, we made easy mistakes which gave easy points in Castres. We changed the composition but the expectations remain the same, you know, here, we will fight in a direct game, and we responded present. The first challenge, we were there.
We have regrets because we did not manage to take advantage of the opportunities we had. Against Castres, you have to understand where the space is. When we had the ball in hand, with two or three movements, we managed to find space. I discussed with the referee to understand the red, because Arthur Iturria wanted to protect himself, and not hurt. And the referee explained but it was an involuntary gesture. »
Arthur Iturria (second line of Clermont-Ferrand): “We are a little wait-and-see, we will try to finish the block well, and to finish well next week, at home, against Bayonne. We go on, the bodies get tired. The result could have been better, we were unable to master a number of details in the first period. The mood is relatively good. They were given two or three penalties in the first period, easily convertible. I also think of their first attempt which is avoidable. In Toulon, we did not go far, we had managed to bring back the bonus point. It is the same today. But we could have done a little better. On the red that I take, there is a shoulder bump to the head, but it’s not intentional, I was passing by, I couldn’t stop. »