Axel May, edited by Solène Leroux
Castres and Montpellier meet tonight in the final of the French rugby championship. Two teams renowned for their game based on defense and physical challenge, far from the champagne rugby practiced by others. In this respect, this Top-14 final is probably not the most enticing poster there is.
The first two of the regular season, Castres and Montpellier, meet on Friday evening in the final of the French rugby championship. A final that is not the most attractive poster there is. Castres and Montpellier are renowned for their game based on defense and physical challenge, far from the champagne rugby practiced by others. This Top-14 final is probably not the most attractive, the sexiest poster. A criticism to which Pierre-Yves Revol, the Castres president, responds. “You mean it’s not a poster that promises great flights?” he asks innocently.
Before adding: “I saw a final last year between two supposedly very sexy teams. It was Stade Toulousain and La Rochelle. And if my memory serves me right, there was not a single try “, he tackles. Pierre-Yves Revol believes that “we must consider these somewhat caricatural approaches with great caution”: “A rugby match, no one knows how it will unfold.”
“All the ingredients” for a good match
On the Montpellier side, captain Yacouba Camara glares when asked about the quality of this final. “We play rugby like all teams, even if it’s not pretty to see,” he says. “I think there are all the ingredients for good rugby matches. Even if it’s not the semi-finals or finals hoped for, we are very proud to be there and we deserve to be there. be”, recalls Yacouba Camara.
Castres and Montpellier had already met in the final four years ago and the Tarnais had won their fifth and last title of champion of France. The Montpellier residents have never yet won the Shield of Brennus. Kick-off of the match at 8:45 p.m. at the Stade de France. 80,000 spectators are expected. If the RER B will operate almost normally, line D will be affected by a strike.