Despite their 22-15 victory against UBB, Perpignan finished 13th and will face Mont de Marsan to stay in the Top 14. If USAP is overtaken by Brive, winner at the Stade Français this Sunday evening, Catalan coach Patrick Arlettaz tackled the Parisian club, which he accuses of not having played the game.
Despite Perpignan’s fine victory against UBB on the last day of the Top 14 regular season (22-15), USAP did not manage to stay directly in the Top 14 and will have to go through a barrage against in Mont-de-Marsan, losing the Pro D2 final against Bayonne on Sunday. If he is proud of his players, Patrick Arlettaz, the Perpignan coach, did not hide his frustration with the face of the meeting between Brive and Stade Français, won by CAB (33-17).
“My players have shown what rugby is. The real thing, what it really means, not just passing, kicking a ball or scrumbling. You’re all kidding us when we talk about human adventure It is clear that there is one. When 20 minutes from the end you know that you have qualified and that this victory is useless because you will have a match the week after (…) If you have the match recorded, send it to the Stade Français, it will do them good, I think. We have these values, we have them. My players have these values, for real”, lambasted Arlettaz in conference Press.
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“When you are the first budget in France and you do not qualify, you understand why today”
USAP, seeing how things were going at Jean-Bouin, did some different coaching in the second half ahead of the accession match, but the intensity didn’t change and the Catalan club doubled down anyway of effort to snatch this victory which she knew to have no effect.
“You asked me the question this week if I thought that Stade Français was going to play the game. Naively, stupidly, I thought so and then I heard Stade Français say that they were going to do the job and that we had to do our own. We did it. When we have the first budget in France and we don’t qualify, today we understand why, “recalls Patrick Arlettaz.
While Perpignan will challenge Mont-de-Marsan next Sunday, the Perpignan coach approaches this meeting with humor. “No Top 14 club has done it, we will watch the Marseille final in football thirty years ago and we will try to be the first forever.”