Returning to the elite after two seasons on the lower floor, USAP had so early that it should have battled behind the Top 14 rankings. Its direct goal was clear: to advance the other promu, the Biarritz Olympics, to target the maintenance. The pick was made on the second day, as the Catalans dominated the BO at Aimé-Giral (33-20). Significant is the major victory, surpassed very early in the competition, which chased the demons of the 2018-2019 season, as USAP waited for the sixth day to celebrate its first victory in the Top 14.
To not revive such a tragedy, Patrick Arlettaz and his staff are building to intervene a battered force. They tried to sign some Argentine midfielder Martin Landajo (34, 84 sal.), Solid second-line Fijian Tex Cavubati, Argentine sailor Bautista Delguy, South African opener or Tristan Tedder the second line Moldovan Andreï Mahu. Some choices were made by payers (Mahu, Delguy, Tedder), other squarely despairing (Landajo, Cavubati).
“The work is not over”
After digging into the Pro D2/Top 14 breakout, Usap ended up finding the right pace. Toulon, La Rochelle or Clermont left Perpignan head down, suffocated by the Catalan furia. Even private from its revelation of the previous season Melvyn Jaminet, select the French team for the automatic tests and then the VI Nations Tournament, the USAP and competed almost with the whole world, to the point of s’ offer two magnificent offensive bonuses against the Toulousains (36-13, at 5 February) and then the Racingmen (34-13, at 5 March).
Only freebies, the two defeats on the wire at Aimé-Giral, in front of the Stade Français (22-23) and then Castres (19-20) who kept the Catalan club from a salutary air bubble, the obligation to play all the strokes to mahilig. The win at Biarritz (25-23) having eliminated its main rival for the descent, Perpignan could still get back into direct maintenance after its success over Brive (27-10) three days into the final.
The suspense will last until the final day when the victory over the Bordeaux of the UB (22-15) will be annihilated by that of the Brivistes in Paris. USAP will have to play this famous barrage match, where the scores are therefore reduced to zero. “This final, it’s 50-50, assures Mathieu Acebes, the perfect captain. To be found in the maintenance race before the last day was already an achievement. But the work is not over. We are on the last march. You have to sign up to stay in the Top 14! »