La Rochelle-Castres. Mathieu Babillot: “Respond to the fiery public of Deflandre”

Mathieu Babillot and the Castrais expect to be well received in La Rochelle. (©Icon Sport)

After 10 days of Top 14, Castres (tene) is the worst away team in the league, with just one defensive bonus point from Perpignan (14-10), on 1uh October. Far from being reassuring before moving to the European champion, La Rochellethis Saturday, November 26 (3 p.m.), on behalf of the 11e Top 14 day.

“To restart the championship, it is sure that La Rochelle is a big piece”, admits the captain of the CO Mathieu Babillot. “But you can’t say that there are small teams, because it’s such a crazy championship. We know that we will be expected in La Rochelle against a big team with a lot of quality players as well as leading internationals in their respective selections. In front of fiery audience of Deflandre, it will be necessary to know how to answer present. »

“There, we won’t have time to think and ask ourselves questions”

This trip to Charente-Maritime is a huge challenge for the Tarnais who have won only once at Marcel-Deflandre for 20 years. It was during the 2017-2018 season, crowned by a title of champion of France. The CO won (18-26) thanks to two tries from Alex Tulou and Armand Battle and the infallible boot of Benjamin Urdapilleta, author of 16 points, and who will still be a precious asset for Castres, this Saturday (3 p.m.) . A challenge taken up, but not impossible, since Stade Rochelais was beaten by Pau (21-38) in their last home game.

“We watch all the matches, but we did not stay focused on this meeting”, notes the third line and captain Mathieu Babillotabout the Béarn feat in Marcel-Deflandre, before continuing:

La Rochelle is a team that is so complete that you can’t stop at one game. Precisely, they have already had this misstep at home, so we now know that they will be keen to receive each team well. It’s up to us to find our rugby quickly and be as in place as possible, because over there, we won’t have time to think and ask ourselves questions.

Mathieu BabillotThird line and captain of Castres

“Being as consistent as possible and managing our weak times as well as possible”

Undefeated in their Pierre-Fabre stadium for 25 games (23 wins, 1 draw) and almost 2 years (last defeat against Brive, 24-25, December 22, 2020), the vice-champions of France in title have often been in the game on the outside, but have always yielded in the last moments. “It’s frustrating, because there are matches where we haven’t gone far, whether it’s at Racing 92 during the first trip, at Perpignan where we narrowly failed despite our failed first half or at Lyon …”, recognizes the third international line Mathieu Babilllot (29 years old; 5 selections), before continuing:

Each time, we are a little frustrated, because it is played on different things, so it is up to us to progress and continue to grow as a team. On an analyzer knew our mistakes outside, now it’s up to us to make sure to correct it. (…) We will have to be as consistent as possible and try to manage our weak times as well as possible to collect as few points as possible.

Mathieu BabillotCaptain of Castres

A benchmark away match that would serve as a trigger to launch their season definitively, that’s all the Castres want, this Saturday (3 p.m.) in La Rochelle.

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