It’s not easy to train when it’s 40°, so the Agenais have to find solutions…
” We adapt. With his usual coolness, Bernard Goutta simply answers the question about the biggest problem of the SUA at the moment: the heat. While the temperature sometimes overflows 40°C, the Agenais must still prepare for the upcoming deadlines. But you won’t come across a single player on the pitch during the afternoon, as the Catalan manager explains. “Sur goes to the field as soon as possible. The players arrive at the stadium around 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. There is a breakfast at 7:00 a.m., a small meeting at 7:45 a.m., and we are on the pitch at 8:00 a.m. Can training so early affect player performance? No, said Bernard Goutta. “Earlier, it would be restrictive because the players would not have enough sleep, but you have to find the right balance”, he explains, before acknowledging that some had difficulty finding their marks at the start. “There is better today. It’s all about having quality in what you have to do, in order to put the players in the right conditions to protect them.
But next week, the question will not arise. Indeed, the residents of Armandie will take the direction of the mountains, in Font-Romeu, for a stage of five days, between Sunday and Friday. “We are still on our preparation with integrated rugby. We try to calibrate well, to have the same working time. Important moments, a few weeks before the first friendly match, scheduled for August 10 in Béziers. Then, above all, in view of Friday August 26, where the Agenais will enter this French Pro D2 championship on the lawn of Provence. Not asking for a welcoming land when you want to stay cool. “We are lucky to have nine weeks to work well. This was not the case last season, because we only had three. So, take advantage of it.