La Rochelle and the “Toulouse curse”

The Stade Rochelais is the most inclined face in the Stade Toulousain ats le cadre des quarts de finale of the Top 14, and voit donc son parcours s’arrêter dès les barrages.

It’s now the end of the season for La Rochelle. After a beautiful comeback in the Top 14, the Rochelais had finished the season in 5th place, so they had to go through the dams to hope for a semi-final in the championship. Only then: the Maritimes had to face the title holder, the Toulousain Stadium, in this quarter -final.

A “Toulouse curse”?

The players from La Rochelle knew it: the Toulousain Stadium is a very difficult team to play. Holders of the championship title and winners of the Champions Cup last season, the Ugo Molla men had to defend their rank in this match, disputed in Toulouse. However, the Rochelais were also in the mood to assume their new European champion status. But the “Toulouse curse” has passed. The Reds and Blacks finally prevailed 33-28, thus finishing in the semi-finals, where they will face Castres.

“It wasn’t far from shame”

After the meeting, rocherais manager Ronan O’Gara and he is not concerned about the performance of his players on the field. “We cannot hide our frustration, our performance is very disappointing. Our preparation was however good. So, in one take a lesson in combativity and in the rucks. I don’t have a photo. Toulouse was better than us. (…) It was not far from shame, so it was important to react, at least for honor. We didn’t succeed in playing as we wanted to. Unexpectedly, scored 33 points », Sure coach irlandais. Now, La Rochelle players will have to watch the semi-finals from their television, before taking a break and attacking next season…

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