“I’m sorry about this group,” says Mons coach Patrick Milhet

“I’m sorry about this group,” says Mons coach Patrick Milhet

Lose not, but take 50 points is possible. There is absolutely nothing to say about the match. We came across a very good team Bayonne, we were caught in all areas of the game, we tried to riot in scrum, but we suffered a collision. I didn’t find my team, especially in the defensive stages. Gaps have been split today.

Your season has been great, the result is cruel, even though it is not over yet …

It is the law of sport. If we had to remake it …

Lose not, but take 50 points is possible. There is absolutely nothing to say about the match. We came across a very good team Bayonne, we were caught in all areas of the game, we tried to riot in scrum, but we suffered a collision. I didn’t find my team, especially in the defensive stages. Gaps have been split today.

Your season has been great, the result is cruel, even though it is not over yet …

It is the law of sport. If I had to repeat it, I would still return to the finals. It was a nice poster. Unlike Bayonnais, we were unable to offer a good match. We were the first in the regular phase. Four or five years ago, we would have been champions. Not today. Maybe during the season we met teams that lacked players. In November, when we beat Bayonnais at home, they miss a lot of players. I said this after the match: we suffered some injuries. However, I have announced that they will be among the last four. They did better: they are champions!

Did inexperience play a role in this match?

Personally, this is the fourth time I live. There are quite a few players who have also experienced them. Stade Montois is used to the final stage of the playoffs… We have young players, Bayonnais as well. Today, we did not know how to ensure that our frame worked with the required intensity.

Didn’t know your team?

No. We had defensive aggression throughout this season, we were able to suffocate our opponents. Today I felt like we were watching them play. Same with the ball: we could keep it for a quarter of an hour without being able to score. We never put them in danger.

How to explain this lack of aggression during the finals?

Maybe the boys thought that beating them twice this year would be easy. I have a problem understanding. I will have to talk to managers about this, we will see what caused this lack of aggression. In rugby without aggression, it is lost, especially in the final stages.

Is it related to the amount bet?

Possible. Over time, we will have to watch the video, analyze this match, see what went wrong. But perhaps the challenge played in certain small details, such as this commitment to get in direct contact with Yoann (Laousse-Azpiazu, ed. Note), certain things that mean that when we put the balls to such a complete team, we have trouble quickly. We received nine penalties in the first half, three of them. Plus yellow in seconds. No, we couldn’t compete.

You were especially caught in the rubble…

(cuts) Everywhere. They took us in all sectors. From time to time we had a scrum that worked … But that’s all. Bayonne really wanted to bring the shield back and he did.

Rear Gaëtan Germain from Bayonne seriously injured you, especially in the foot.

It’s Gaëtan. He is a player who has this profile. It was the same when he was in Brive. He is used to big matches, whether maintenance or finals, we can count on him. Great players shine in great moments. Today we saw the great Gaëtan Germain. But Maqala and Ravouva and the Bayonne attackers also hurt us a lot.

We must consider the dam on Sunday, June 12. How to remobilize soldiers?

Honestly, we weren’t ready for that. One more week … I thought I was on vacation tonight (laughs). It will be renewed tomorrow before it is restored on Tuesday. It was heartbreaking to put together a team today, we had 39 players in 23 places. I think we will rotate, bring energy, freshness to the accession struggle. let’s get ready.

Are you talking about freshness, is it physically that they took you today?

No. The opponent was better. The fatigue of the season did not affect it. We made a big turnaround. Few players are over. We just have to congratulate the Bayonnais, who knew how to take us. Congratulations to them.

We feel disappointed. Is there still envy before this last match?

Not disappointed. But I’m sorry about this group. Chemistry really works in this team. I wish it paid off. This is my sixteenth year at Mont-de-Marsan, but the first where I have so many feelings with my players. There was a real friendship between them, love. That is what has done our strength. Despite being the penultimate paycheck, they have shown that hearts and values ​​can do great things. I feel sorry for them.

Is this the worst disappointment of your career?

No, it was more of a final in Toulouse (defeat 16-15 against Agen in the final of the 2015 approach, ed. Note), with a change missing. They really took me there. There was no photo tonight.


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