While Castres will challenge Montpellier this Friday in the Top 14 final, David Darricarrère, co-trainer of the Tarn club, wanted to respond to those who believe that this is a discount match.
It’s a final that will oppose the first and second of the regular season of Top 14. However, on paper, it is not the sexiest in the world. This Friday, Castres Olympique and Montpellier HR will face each other at the Stade de France (8:45 p.m.) to try to win the Bouclier de Brennus. Since the two teams clinched their ticket to this final, many observers have considered it a game on the cheap.
“To those who think it’s going to be a final at a discount … A final is still a final, replied David Darricarrère, co-trainer of Castres, this Thursday at a press conference. Rugby is still rugby. There is no “There’s not just one rugby, it’s not just the rugby of great flights, champagne rugby. There is also another type of rugby, of culture, values, territory which is certainly different but just as passionate, I reassure you.
Saint-André: “A certain logic is respected”
In the semi-finals, the two finalists eliminated Toulouse and UBB, yet deemed “favorites”. What make Philippe Saint-André, the coach of the MHR, think that this final is logical. “Castres is the team which finished first after 26 days and which obtained the most victories. The first and the second meeting, there is a certain logic that has been respected.