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Christophe Urios (Union Bordeaux-Bègles): “We have restored a truth”

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Cristoforo Urio: “In the second half I got the answer I was looking for. At the beginning we were tense, imprecise, which didn’t allow us to start the game well, after the break it was better, we didn’t get lost. With the week we’ve had, it makes sense. Maxime Lucu was good, but most of all he was excellent during the week, he led this rebellion, he was able to unite around himself, he was very good at taking responsibility, very good at defensive play.

Last week I got pissed off because I took a big risk. We had to rebel. There, we just did what we should have done last week. We just restored a truth today. That’s what I told them after the game, without saying anything else, because I really didn’t want to talk. There, we have just returned to the level of last season, in the semifinals. I took a risk because I targeted the players. My fear was whether we would be able to re-mobilize in five or six days. This is the first time my players were all against me to go to war. Matthieu Jalibert is a champion. But the great players make you win the important games. Yesterday I saw the Stade Toulousain and I saw especially Antoine Dupont. “

Romain Buros, UBB full-back: “The week was not easy, but the group ended well and we saw that we were very close tonight, that’s what paid off. There was a lot of fighting for the first forty minutes. We started moving on after the break, we played together. It is a victory of character but not only. We were also good in the game, we played a solid game, it will help us to continue this final phase. We were coming out of a complicated game the weekend before in Perpignan.

It’s a final phase match, we were a bit tense but no one cheated and it was us who freed ourselves in the second half. The desire is there. Tonight we proved that we deserve to be in the semifinals. It is a good thing to arrive in Nice with full confidence. Montpellier? They are a very physical team that have had a great season. Even if we beat them twice, it’s half the time, the counters are reset. It’s been a tense week, but it’s something that has to stay in the locker room. It has been a different week which, for me, has been a very good week. “

Bastien Vergnes-Taillefer: “We said before the game that we had to give everything. We beat them to wear them, we won the attackers’ game. We recovered a lot of points from the scrum, which allowed us to go home and score points. At half-time it was kif-kif, we had to press where it hurt, they looked a little tired. After the defeat in Perpignan we were not well, all upside down.

Leaders like Maxime Lucu and François Trinh-duc have taken matters into their own hands. They organized the videos, talked about the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, evoked the mood. Christophe (Urios) was so pissed off that he let the leaders take care of the first two days of the week. Montpellier? There we leave a game that will give us great confidence. We know we will be expected, it will be complicated but we will get there with the intention of winning the game. “

Maxim Lucu: “The audience gave us strength. I use it a lot. As soon as the bus arrived I breathed the atmosphere of the stadium, it is something that makes you feel good, you have to use it to transport the team. We have left our forces in battle, it is a pity to go through this barrage. We failed in the middle of last season, now we’re going back to it. On the action of the first try I realized that there was no rhythm and I saw that we were getting too into their game, I saw a battle in the maul, an interval and I said to myself it was time to wake up the stadium.

We talked to each other during the week, we saw that we hadn’t done the work in Perpignan, we had to take this thing to write our story. We’ve been a little shy for a while, we’ve lost faith, we had to get it back. The role of leader? It’s a role we should have taken on a long time ago. It’s up to the players to take matters into their own hands, do things differently, point out what’s wrong. Regarding Matthieu and Cameron, this (Urios’ words) burned them, but it wasn’t just them, we lost everyone, we had to restore their trust, that’s what we tried to DO. “

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