LThe awakening was strong this Monday morning on the Armandie annex. For their reunion after five weeks of vacation, the partners of Vincent Farré were entitled to a test. Not the kind of quiz you fill out on a beach towel while sipping lemonade. The Bronco test – which consists…
Lhe awakening was strong this Monday morning on the Armandie annex. For their reunion after five weeks of vacation, the partners of Vincent Farré were entitled to a test. Not the kind of quiz you fill out on a beach towel while sipping lemonade. The Bronco test – which consisted of chaining back and forth over 20 meters, then 40 meters and 60 meters, all repeated five times – is real torture for an athlete in the recovery phase. Above all, he is an implacable indicator of a rugby player’s state of form. On this side, manager Bernard Goutta was reassured. He didn’t see anyone “really picky”.
“When you are on the street physically, you do not enjoy yourself. “Excited by the reunion with his players, the strong man of the SUA did not however promise them that the next few days were going to be a cakewalk. On the contrary, he warned them that it was going to be hard, very hard even. This is the price to pay for attacking the Pro D2 season with the pedal to the metal. The nine weeks that follow until the first day on August 26 therefore promise to be dense, even if recovery periods have been made. But the intensity of the attack-defense in small groups, this Monday morning between the 22-meter line and the in-goal line, says a lot about the rest of the menu.
A staggered recovery
This recovery with the ball escaped the most loyal supporters of the handrail who surely thought that the Agenais were going to chain meetings on this back-to-school day. Failed, they immediately entered the heart of the matter in “Fast and Furious” mode. Explanations by Bernard Goutta: “We want to be quick with regard to the game project that we are going to try to put in place. And angry with the frustration of the last two seasons, it’s psychologically exhausting to play a maintenance. “With a question for this informed” onlooker “: “I do not see a recruit? Normal, they only have the contractual right to join the SUA from the 1uh July. Despite everything, they received a program to get in shape.
“When you are on the street physically, you do not enjoy yourself”
As a result, there were “only” 30 players on the pitch on Monday morning, all “old” who were already there last season. Operated on for a finger dislocation (like Fotu Lokotui), SUA serial scorer Kolinio Ramoka stayed away with Walter Desmaison who is recovering from his big tear in the last game in Colomiers and Iban Etcheverry who is completing his phase of rehabilitation. Jean-Marcellin Buttin was indeed him on the ground, like the new coach of the three quarters Manny Edmonds, cap screwed on the head. It is for the moment the only new face authorized thanks to an agreement with Oyonnax. “There will be a staggered recovery”, already regrets Bernard Goutta who does not have a full workforce before the beginning of August.
Under the slightly laughing eye of young retiree Dave Ryan, now in charge of the scrum, the Agenais got a taste of what awaits them in the coming weeks. Among them, 18 Espoirs players in total will be associated with this physical preparation concocted by Ludovic Lousteau. “It’s not a gift, we don’t want to please them”, warns Bernard Goutta who has already given voice in the field. “If they are there, it’s because they deserved it, especially at the end of last season with the Espoirs. And then they are young people on whom we could count during the Pro D2 season which remains a long marathon. »
The Agenais manager is already counting on these young people to expand his workforce: “For the moment, recruitment is complete (Editor’s note: with 12 recruits for 18 departures). The preparation, the evaluation of our group and the possible injuries will tell us if we need to get one or two more players. But, for the moment, we will trust our young people. It is important in relation to the philosophy of the club. We will see with this physical preparation how they will grow and progress. “The internship at Font-Romeu and the two preparation matches will be so many passing exams to shake up the hierarchy by the start of the season on August 26.