Top 14: faller of Perpignan, the Stade Français revisits life in pink

At the final whistle, a Gonzalo Quesada with a smile was able to take a deep breath. For the first time this season, his players managed to follow up this Saturday in Perpignan, a week after having regained color against Clermont (22-14). Above all, and even if this success was most laborious for Aimé-Giral on the lawn of the promoted (22-23), the Stade Français went to snatch its very first victory of the season far from home.

A real breath of fresh air for the Parisian workforce, penultimate of the Top 14 at the start of this 7th day and who had already experienced defeat four times in six games. Nothing was easy for Paris, who recovered six minutes from time to the vagueness of Perpignan striker Melvyn Jaminet, so precious at the foot until then, to be still alive. And finally scratch a precious success thanks to Léo Barré, 40 m from the posts (77th).

“We will just remember the victory, because the content was not terrible, conceded Joris Segonds after the meeting, at the microphone of Rugby +. Fortunately we had this conquest, today the victory is for the guys in front who did a big job. We didn’t really do what we had been working on this week, especially on the game plan. But the content, who cares a little. The main thing is victory. “

Polluted by “children’s mistakes”, Paris is not yet developed

We will not remember this first laborious period, made of approximations and lost balls, erased a little only by the test of captain Paul Gabrillagues (9-13, 31st). We will not remember either this soap from Waisea Nayacalevu which could have been the turning point of the match ten minutes from the end, letting the ball drop from his hands in the end zone while his team was led 22-20. Far from its land, and even more than elsewhere, the Stade Français did not really succeed this season, it showed.

Paris is still far from being developed. But this success will perhaps be the trigger that was needed for Stadistes who lost their principles once the Paris ring road crossed. “Perpignan put us in difficulty, but we made mistakes as children, me the first,” continued Segonds. At times, our life is complicated. We had clear instructions, the coach told us about it this week, but we didn’t respect that too much… Now, we have to get back to work to welcome Lyon at home next week. “Home is Jean-Bouin, where a French Stadium now free of the red zone will have to confirm its revival.

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