Beyond these two results, the two Basque clubs, ancestral rivals…
Beyond these two results, the two Basque clubs, ancestral rivals, continue their very good return phase. Rowing is still in the lead, scoring 25 points out of a possible thirty and Les Genêts tied for second place (with Stade Bordelais) with 21 points. The other amusing stat of this second half of the season lies in the only defeat suffered by the two teams of Laurent Dauriac and Cédric Pardeilhan, against the same opponent, Neuville. And the two teams even conceded a very heavy defeat there (3-0 for the Angloys and 4-1 for the Bayonnais).
“Winning to come back to a length”
Aviron Bayonnais, who will change staff at the end of the season – Laurent Dauriac and Mohamed Akki are announced starters – therefore have a four-point lead over Les Genêts before the derby this Saturday evening. A derby which had not had a winner in the first leg just before Christmas (1-1, Angloy Jaki having responded to Bayonnais Mahamat Ahmat).
This weekend, the Genêts will want to win to already get closer to a rowing unit but also and above all to react after the two points stupidly lost in Bressuire last week. “It’s very annoying because we had all the favorable elements to take the three points, reacts Cédric Pardeilhan. We are again at four points when we could have stayed at two. Now, you have to win to come back to a length. It would be the best to go after that second place. »
For their part, the Aviron players will try to consolidate this second place which is close to their hearts and above all continue their excellent second part of the season. “We are not focused only on this place, intervenes Laurent Dauriac. It will be the icing on the cake of an already successful season. »
“A draw would satisfy me”
Three days from the end, the Bayonnais would have to completely collapse to get out of the podium. “If I can instil this in my players before I leave, I will leave a good memory, explains the Bayonne coach. I would like us to have this spirit of competition until the end, even if there is nothing more to win. I would like us to continue all our efforts until the end, ”explains the coach, before expressing a few wishes before the derby.