Franck Azéma (Toulon coach, after his team’s defeat against UBB, 27-26, Sunday): “We are obviously frustrated because we are quite close. It’s a game we could have won. It comes down to a decision (a penalty against Waisea). It’s like that, you have to see the good side of things, we recovered a point, we have to quickly switch to the next match against Montpellier next week. There are things that we couldn’t completely control during the match, and which exposed us, but we were in the fight until the last second, it’s encouraging.
We must also try to erase these imperfections to protect ourselves from these three points at the end and from this scenario. Bordeaux also put the pressure on, they did not withdraw, it was on their side. It could have been favorable to us, it isn’t tonight (Sunday), but it will be soon, that’s what you have to say to yourself. We took a try too fast in the second half. It allows them to get back into the race. »
“Toulon would have liked us to let go”
Mahamadou Diaby (flanker and captain of UBB): “In the first half, we played a little backwards, we did not respect the instructions we had set during the week. At the break, we refocused on what we had planned and that smiled on us. We attacked them a little more centrally to tighten them up and play the short sides quickly. As against Racing or Clermont, recently, we found ourselves on this mental aspect of not letting go. And it’s true that when we don’t give up, even in our weak times, we become a team that is quite difficult to beat.
Mahamadou Diaby tackles Sergio Parisse. (N. Luttiau/The Team)
Toulon would have liked us to let go, as we were able to do in certain matches at the start of the season, where we could sometimes take 14 points in ten minutes. But there, we did not make it easy for them by continuing to move forward. These are values that we had, that we had lost a little bit, and that we are in the process of finding again. »