Pierre-Henry Broncan (Castres) on Antoine Dupont: “In addition to making him eat a Buitoni pizza…”

Before training on the grass of the Allianz Arena this Thursday, the Castres attended a press conference in the early afternoon to give their last impressions before Friday’s semifinal against Toulouse, their best enemy. Even if Pierre-Henry Broncan, the coach of the Tarn team, declared that the notion of a derby could not exist for this particular duel: “A derby is when you play in Castres, or in Toulouse, not in Nice for a semi-final. »

Same reverse of the hand when we ask him if the two clashes in the regular phase, of which the slap received in the first leg (41-0), could serve as a working base. The last time Castres played in the quarterfinals was in 2018, and the epilogue was joyous with a final victory.

“Not even a kilometer of highway reaches Castres”

“The goal was to qualify for the final phase, The technician continues It’s a status we assume, don’t worry at this level, although the clubs are getting more and more armed, and it’s getting more and more difficult…”. A status to assume, remaining hidden, behind the great cars of the championship. A position that suits the club, and this small town “landlockedBroncan says, without reaching Castres or a kilometer of highway. We stay with each other, we are isolated, the players work well, they spend a lot of time together, even outside of rugby. »

the unknown rhythm

Their players, who haven’t played much in recent weeks, have worked hard and well since the end of the regular season. The unknown of rhythm remains. “We’ll see for the rhythm, explains Pierre-Henry Broncan. We have prepared well. What I know is that in the final phase, in the dam, there is not too much fatigue. It is easier to recover than in winter, after an away game and with sores. »

He was also asked about individuals from Toulouse, and Antoine Dupont in particular. Is there a plan to prevent it from shining? “Other than making him eat Pizza Buitoni, I don’t see. »

After 15 minutes of interview, the coach gave way to three grumpy members of the squad, three former, experienced in the final phase. Mathieu Babillot, Julien Dumora and Geoffrey Palis were there in 2018, although the latter was seriously injured and off the pitch.

“I reviewed a lot with the referee about the rules, in case of a tie”

The weight of his experience will help the team to face this final stretch well. “Four years ago, I was younger, recalls Mathieu Babillot, the captain. I was also more carefree. But the values ​​of this club have not changed. We try to prepare the group as well as possible, with other leaders. Many guys took responsibility. »

Very busy with the preparations, Babillot found time to speak with Cédric Clavé, the referee accompanying the OC: “I checked a lot with the referee about the rules, in case of a tie. I’m quite well. » Babillot has planned everything, even the speech he will give if his team rolls a red quickly… Getting it right is planning.

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