Ugo Mola (Toulouse manager, after his team’s 46-10 victory against Clermont on Saturday): “It’s rather a positive assessment with regard to the evening. It’s a match that I really feared, because the energy that had been deployed in Montpellier and the return of boys who had been rested make a combination that is a bit difficult to find. It was verified on our start to the match which was a little bland. And then, over time, we managed to put our rugby back in place, even if everything was not perfect with lost balls, waste, sometimes uncertain passes.
Anthony Jelonch had an amazing game on the second line. I always tell him that the older he gets, the more the numbers on his back will get smaller. I know it’s a small dispute that I have with his dad, but he’s still an incredible player capable of giving a lot in a collective. We need guys like that, guys who are able to give and not always receive. Anthony is the typical example. »
Sébastien Vahaamahina (second line of Clermont): “In the second half, we didn’t manage to stay in our game plan. We took the first two tries on errors on our part. Afterwards, we know very well that against a team like Toulouse, at the slightest mistake, things go quickly behind the posts. You have to manage to be precise and keep the ball as much as possible.
Sébastien Vahaamina, caught in the Toulouse pincers. (N. Luttiau/The Team)
The score is heavy compared to our efforts, but that’s how it is. We spent a lot of time in their camp without scoring and they scored on counterattacks from 50 or 60 meters. We also need to be more efficient in the scoring zone. Despite the turnover, the state of mind was there. It’s a good thing to keep moving forward. »