Qualified for the Challenge Cup final, Montpellier must also manage a suspenseful end of the regular season in Top 14. Present on RMC this Sunday, Philippe Saint-André railed against the insane schedule that awaits his team in the coming weeks.
Between the postponements linked to the coronavirus, the fight for maintenance and the European epic in the Challenge Cup, Montpellier will play 7 matches in the space of 28 days. A total aberration for Philippe Saint-André who expressed his dissatisfaction during his visit to the Grandes Gueules du Sport this Sunday on RMC.
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“I’m very angry because sports fairness is not there. We can’t play every three or four days. We played on Saturday, today Sunday we have to do three tests. We don’t have any more. nostrils, they are ashtrays with these three tests (screening for the coronavirus, editor’s note) per week. “
Saint-André: “For 48 hours, the players are mops”
Tenth in the Top 14, the MHR must notably play two games late. From this Tuesday against Toulon then against the UBB on a date that remains to be defined. The qualification of the Hérault in the Challenge Cup (against Leicester on May 21) may still lead to an accumulation of meetings, and lead to new injuries within its workforce according to Philippe Saint-André.
“We do not realize but we are in a collective combat sport and the guys have farts. I have to manage a workforce where I already have eight players who have finished the season, again fulminated the former coach of the XV of France. […] The people who make these decisions either have never played rugby or have never entered a locker room after a game. The players are mops for 48 hours. They recover, get a massage and go on to cryotherapy. There we will play Tuesday so Sunday recovery, Monday rest and we will do fifteen minutes of training Monday morning for a game Tuesday night against Toulon. “
PSA prioritizes health
Tenth in the standings with five more games to play, Montpellier has not yet ensured its survival in Top 14. If Agen’s terrible series of 22 defeats will send the Lot-et-Garonnais club to the second division, the MHR struggles with three teams (Brive, Pau and Bayonne) to avoid thirteenth place synonymous with a dam. This is also why PSA is angry: he does not want to endanger his players to obtain the maintenance.
“We are playing our survival in Top 14. As a coach, of course we need results but for me the most important thing is the physical and mental health of my players, concluded the Montpellier manager. that we cannot change the championship and the final phase, but we change the fact of having only one match per month during the week. This is unacceptable. “