Melvyn Jaminet, back of Perpignan, winner of Stade Montois (41-16) and maintained in the Top 14: “We couldn’t have hoped for better. The accession match, we all had it in mind. This week, everyone worked very well and it showed in the final result. We knew that Mont-de-Marsan at home was not won, that they were going to give everything. We spent the first few minutes making technical mistakes.
I am very happy that the club remains in the Top 14 next season, I can leave relieved. We had no doubts because we were in the game. Once the technical errors were corrected, we managed to put our game in place and score points. We tried to put our game in place by passing in the axis. Simple things, even if everything was not perfect. »
Patrick Arlettaz, USAP coach: “It’s been a very good season, honestly. What the guys have done is fabulous. It was very complicated. It has nothing to do with a Pro D2 final. It took everything today. It’s wonderful what the players have done and I thank them. It is very strong and very big. They don’t realize how difficult this game was.
“We know the Pro D2, it’s a tough championship, but we didn’t want to go back there (laughs)”
We knew that it would be the Mont-de-Marsan of the season, released, which caused us a lot of problems. We know the Pro D2, it’s a tough championship, but we didn’t want to go back there (laughs). Sometimes you want it so badly that you tense up. Where they are very strong is that they managed to free themselves. We managed to reverse the trend, it’s wonderful. »
Mathieu Acebes, USAP captain: “It’s a big sigh of relief because the pressure was intense. From the final (of Pro D2) last year, I said that we would do everything to maintain ourselves. And today we did. Not in the nicest of ways because we could have held on before. I don’t want to go back there anymore. I want Aimé-Giral to be full all the time next season, so that we don’t wait until the end of the Championship to see it full. I want us all to raise the level next year, the players, the staff, the supporters, everyone. We’re going to make an appointment because I think this year we deserved better. We are going to look for maintenance other than that next season.
“When Patrick (Arlettaz) tells me it’s the most beautiful place in the world to play rugby, he’s right”
We achieved the goal, no matter how. Today is a feeling of pride for everyone. For all those who belong to the USAP. The winner today is the club. We must do everything for him. Honestly when I arrived in Perpignan, I came a bit with the handbrake, in the sense that I didn’t know where I was going. And I met some great people. When Patrick (Arlettaz) tells me it’s the most beautiful place in the world to play rugby, he’s right. I hope that everyone will be aware that we must give USAP what we owe it. We have to leave her in the Top 14 for a long time.”