Grégory Patat, the coach of Aviron Bayonnais, does not want to change his objective even if his team is now sixth in the Top 14 after its draw against Pau on Friday (22-22).
Maxime Machenaud (scrum half of Bayonne, after the in Pau) : “We are happy, it’s two points taken. We could have looked for more, by being more precise. It was harsh. We put ourselves in the hard all alone, we showed character to come back. We don’t give up. We cling. We are doing very good things. But it is necessary to erase the points too easily given.
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We are a team with room for improvement. But there is no euphoria. We delivered a good game. There is quality in this group. The two European weeks were complicated. We have to maintain it. Everything is going very fast. You must not relax. It’s not jargon. Brive has just beaten Clermont. At the level of the Top 14 but we must stay in this positive spiral. »
Gregory Patat (Bayonne coach) : “We are simply happy to take two points which are important, against a great Pau team which was in a good dynamic. We are very happy, but there was better to do. But we can lose the match at the last minute. On a taken 22 points in the first period. Outside, it’s too much to hope for better. We are very happy to be sixth. There are eight teams behind.
After two complicated weeks with the European Cup, we promised each other things. Tonight, we won all the collisions. We had chances to try but we didn’t score. On a lack of patience. We were too impatient, we wanted to do it too quickly, to separate ourselves from the ball. There are occasions, we don’t see the spaces… I’m not Guy Roux but we always talk about maintaining, we’re not going to ignite…”
Zack Henry (Bayonne opener): “I’m very satisfied, it wasn’t easy, we had to take them especially when we’re down 3-14. We take two tries with caps, without playing time. We bite our fingers a little. But we stayed in the game, rebuilding and putting our game in place. This result is enough for us. For support, two points on the outside. We succeeded in our first half of the season but we keep a cool head, we have to remain humble. »
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Geoffrey Lanne-Petit (Pau coach) “We were lacking on certain points, the draw is consistent, each team had its highlights. We take two points, we could have taken zero given the face of the meeting. It’s not a halt, with the disappointment linked to the environment, at the full stadium. We were challenged in the rucks. On mark two tries to zero passes. In the second half, the mental dimension was important. The players were used, the conquest was not dominant on both sides so it’s difficult to launch game actions. We saw a lot of ping-pong sessions. Each team got the winning penalty and missed it. »
Emilien Gailleton (Pau winger): “It’s a logical result, we weren’t dominant enough, in the ruck phases, in the balls in contact. Hats off to Bayonne, which we failed to beat. I mentally prepared myself for this winger position which is not new to me because I had played a little in Agen. I knew on the wing that anything can happen, I really liked this position. All the matches are a bit the same, sometimes there are 30 minutes of ping-pong, then 30 minutes of contact where it goes everywhere. At the end of the match, physically, Bayonne was less in it, we could have found free zones. But we lost a lot of balls in the rucks. I’m maybe seven tries in the Top 14 but in the standings, we’re not there yet. »
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