12:30 p.m. on the forecourt of La Défense Arena. The costumes, disguises and other wacky outfits are already out. The public made an appointment on this sunny Saturday to support their team, attend a rugby 7s tournament or simply to empty a few barrels of beer. Because yes, the seven is conducive to partying. By its format first, a test every 90 seconds on average. And then, it’s a bit like the DNA of the seven, which makes it attractive. And the final of the InExtenso SuperSevens between Monaco and Section Paloise (24-14) did not escape the rule.
From the first matches of the day, despite the sparse stands, sometimes the teletubbies, sometimes a music group come with their instruments to warm up the room. “To arms”, intone some, “In the eyes of Emilie”, answer the others. The smell of the grilled sausage dear to Christophe Urios still fills the stands as a tractor passes over the lawn to maintain the synthetic lawn, but in a rugby 7s tournament, everything is an excuse to get carried away, get up from the seat and sing a good tune.
The band in great shape
On the pitch, to the tunes of Patrick Sébastien sung by the band in the stands, a Barbarians player returns a Rochelais. It was enough to raise the crowds ready to explode at the first pretext. It’s 4 p.m. when the classification matches, the ones that really matter. And with these high-stakes matches, chambering goes hand in hand. As if the rivalry between the teams of the Top 14 resurfaced. “Already the SuperSevens is original, explains a Toulonnais who came to Paris especially for the event. The atmosphere is not the same as in the World Series. It’s much more electric and less courteous. On a World Series stage, everyone supports the French team, while on the Super Sevens, everyone supports a different team, that’s what makes the salt of this Championship. »
He was already present last year when his team, Aviron Bayonnais was not even qualified for the final stages. With his group of friends, they had all experienced the final in golden jumpsuits to respect this theme. This year the theme was panther. All wore costumes with the image of the animal. His team was eliminated from their first game of the day, in the quarter-finals. But “It doesn’t matter, the SuperSevens we will come every year with a different disguise”, testified the one for whom the day started Friday evening in the bars of the capital and which risks ending where it started.