Castres – Stade Toulousain: Dumora, made easy

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Following the success of his team in the semi-finals, the Castres full-back (34 years old) evokes the group’s calm during the preparation for the event and does not intend to change the recipe before Friday’s final.

The victory of simplicity. For the first time requested by the media a few minutes after the Castres triumph on the Nice lawn, Julien Dumora did not wonder a single second as he made another round in front of the microphones to deliver the recipe for this qualifier for the final round of the Top 14. And if the buttocks openly evoked the “courage and solidarity” glimpsed on the Allianz Riviera, it was above all a matter of the calm and serenity that had reigned on the side of Levezou at the time of Monaco during the week.

“No pressure or tension”

“We tried to set an example with the leaders, reveals him who has been in the club since 2014. Just with small words, small talks between us, but we would not do too much. It happened naturally all week. The coaches stepped back a bit at the end and let us control the training a little bit. We were really cool, there was not really any pressure or excitement. We also did not want to play the match too soon, which proves that the young people still have a maturity that makes us approach the matches easily. And once we’re on the field, we let it all go. »
Timorous at the start of the match, taken by Toulousain’s thunderous start, Tarnais nevertheless took a good quarter to achieve this. “We knew they were going to put on a lot of rhythm, we hadn’t played last weekend, so we were a little bit in physically,” he admitted. We had to feel good physically and we felt they were a little worse and we could quickly come back to score. “
When the arm wrestling came into balance again, the Castres no longer escaped the great pressure put on their opponents in defense as in the rucks. And especially did not clear the air when he played the shots. With a “red and black” defense taken from behind several times in the back. Author of K.-O. At the end of the game, while CO only leads by one point (19-18). Dumora tells after what looks like a board: “We are on the axis, we talk to each other for drop, and finally we see that she is good at playing in the closed. Just with a glance, I know he (Urdapilleta) will start on the small side, and then he delivers this low level for Filipo (Nakosi), who anticipates well and gives me this inner ball. It was what we had identified in the video that the second curtain was often slightly neglected by the people of Toulouse. And it worked pretty well. »

“We have not won anything yet”

With a certain pride in the key: “The guys were happy, happy. No one saw us as winners again and we again managed to beat the odds. It’s Castre’s state of mind to rub shoulders with the biggest teams, and we showed once again that we were there too. “But there is no question of seeing this success against the neighbor as an outcome. “We want time to party when we are on holiday,” warns Béarnais. “We must take advantage of that. Since the title in 2018, it was the first time we qualified again. We were like children telling ourselves we were in We play rugby in the kind of moments we made the world proud tonight, but we have not won anything yet. There is still this phase of the final and we have to tackle it as we usually do with a lot of simplicity. We will work hard this week to be ready next Friday. But we will not take the lead and remain quiet as we know how to do. “And we must admit that so far it has worked quite well.

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