Finale CO-MHR : "Plutôt pas mal pour des truffes non ?", les réactions des Montpelliérains après le titre

Finale CO-MHR : “Plutôt pas mal pour des truffes non ?”, les réactions des Montpelliérains après le titre

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After the meeting against Castres this Friday, June 24, the Montpellier residents savored the victory. Like Philippe Saint-André, Guilhem Guirado, Geoffrey Doumayrou or third line Zach Merer. Extracts.

Philippe Saint André (manager of the MHR): “Apart from the team run, we haven’t done anything all week but I found the guys to be good, smiling. The only question was whether we were going to be able to put the same intensity as against Bordeaux. I knew that the hungry today, it was us. We come from nowhere, we had no title. 18 months ago we were penultimate. We were cold, serene, ready to fight. And we also knows how to play rugby, we don’t just defend; Afterwards, what solidarity, what will to bring this title back to Montpellier. We were good everywhere tonight, in conquest, the ruck zones… It’s magnificent, exceptional.”

The Montpellier technician relied on a supportive and voluntary group, including among those who were not on the sheet. “Guilhem Guirado, what a competitor. He wanted to return (after his concussion), it was the doctor who refused. Fulgence, it’s difficult. But he was irreproachable, exceptional. In the semis, I told him that “he wouldn’t be in the group, it was difficult. He was the one who gave the jerseys to the team on Thursday. Of course there was this extra soul, but everyone was It’s the victory of a group, of talent and a lot of hard work.

Guilhem Guirado (MHR hooker): “We showed some so-called specialists that we knew how to play rugby. We scored three tries in 10 minutes. I don’t know if it’s ever happened in the Top 14 final. half nor in the final. We knew the strength of the group. I knew what we were capable of. Some people did not believe in us. I liked that the leaders took things in hand. The staff made a Great job over the past three weeks. It’s been an exceptional achievement and personal fulfillment for me and Fufu.

It’s not revenge against the France team, the story is different. We had difficult years which helped us to question ourselves and continue to work. Three or four years ago I played my last match at the Stade de France during the Six Nations Tournament, I did not necessarily claim to play again here. When I came back in November to see the Blues against New Zealand, I felt it would be nice to finish my career here. I didn’t want to say it loud and clear, I didn’t want to get carried away, I’m too cautious.

I’m getting old, you have to leave room. The only regret is not having won the Brennus with Toulon. That’s what made me stronger to have that determination. I was also very touched and moved by the president’s words before the game. These words were strong. I felt sincere.”

Zach Mercer (MHR third line): “It’s extraordinary. I can’t express my feelings but this group is fantastic. I’m really proud to be part of it. When I arrived in France it was totally different from what I had known in England When we were leading by 20 points, I thought it was dangerous, we had to be very careful not to lose our concentration. But after 20 minutes we had played so well. We really wanted to bring this trophy back to Montpellier. The strength of run 80 minutes like that, we found it in the public who supported us throughout the match!”

Geoffrey Doumayrou (MHR center): “We had prepared for this essential start to the match. We are quite realistic, efficient. My challenge is to come back to Montpellier for that, to go back to the final. We have an exceptional group. a lot of freshness keeping this collective. We heard green and unripe ones on us in all the predictions, we were truffles. We’re going to savor it now but for truffles we didn’t do too badly!”

Guilhem Guirado (MHR hooker): “We showed certain so-called specialists that we knew how to play rugby. We scored three tries in 10 minutes. I don’t know if it’s ever happened in the Top 14 final. half nor in the final. We knew the strength of the group. I knew what we were capable of. Some people did not believe in us. I liked that the leaders took things in hand. The staff made a Great job over the past three weeks. It’s been an exceptional achievement and personal fulfillment for me and Fufu.

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