Xavier Garbajosa, LOU coachbeaten by La Rochelle (21-23) : “We are absent from the debates for 70 minutes. The bonus point is the minimum we could hope for. We cycled next to the bike. We saw the difference with a European champion. Why did we miss it? I don’t know, there are surely several factors: my speech was not the right one? Training week? The strategy ? The preparation ? One thing is certain, everyone must take their share of responsibility. They were efficient, pragmatic, present at the meeting and we would benefit from having a little of their pragmatism even if we know that we can do great things. »
Baptiste Couilloud, LOU scrum-half: “We are lucid about the game. Of course, there is our reaction and the comeback, but we were absent from the debates for 70 minutes. We can’t afford to watch all that time. We were happy to be only 10-0 at the break. We were amorphous, I don’t know why and if we add indiscipline, they don’t need that to win. We had to wait the last ten minutes to chain three playing times.
“We didn’t always make the right choices in attack otherwise the score would have been heavier”
Ronan O’Gara, coach of La Rochelle: “We forgot to play rugby for five minutes but we must congratulate the players for all the others. We are a stronger team and it is difficult to find a place in the 23. We put a big physical density. We didn’t always make the right choices in attack otherwise the score would have been heavier. »
Pierre Bourgarit, hooker from La Rochelle: “We are not going to be choosy even if the last minutes are difficult because of a relaxation, of silly mistakes. It’s a controlled game. When we put all the ingredients into the commitment, our game is in place. While remaining humble, I did not feel worried about us. »
Brice Dulin, rear of La Rochelle: “The last few minutes were stressful. But we see that when everyone is there, when we unfold collectively, that we are lucid and patient, it is difficult to overthrow us. We were much more disciplined than on the first day and we gave the Lyonnais much less to eat than in Montpellier, which allowed us to play high and put them under pressure. »