Co-coach of Nafarroa, Mattin Celan agrees: “The defeat at Saint-Médard is completely logical and we cannot find excuses…” The trio of coaches is therefore in solidarity with its players in the defeat, which is to his credit with regard to certain contrary behaviors coming from much higher… “We missed it as can happen from time to time in a season, continued the technician. That said, we only lost 19-10 against a solid and playful team, he tempers. Our players are totally amateurs and play for the love of the jersey… It may happen that the flame is less intense on certain Sundays. »
The competition conceals its share of half-hearted performances, sometimes coming from much less amateur groups. We cannot therefore throw stones at the young Basques, who will undoubtedly have their own revenge in front of their public. Opposite, it is the team of Oloron which stands in front of Nafarroa. Former winner of the defunct challenges of Hope (1974) and Hope (1979), former intermittent host of the first division in the 80s, the Béarn club represents the very essence of the Federal 1, of which he is a resident without interruption since the creation of this division in 1992. The club refused, for classified reasons, the proposal of the FFR to take the place of Pamiers in the brand new National 2. He was the victim of the first victory of Nafarroa , the last season, in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (34-19). This year, out of the first eight games, the Béarnais won three, all at home, and suffered five defeats, including two at the Saint Pée stadium, against Peyrehorade (19-15) and the Langonnais ogre (16-14).