And Bridge confirms that Montpellier “really wants to finish in the six.”

And Bridge confirms that Montpellier “really wants to finish in the six.”

Montpellier, defending champions but only ninth in the Top 14 five days before the end of the regular season, still believes in the final stages: MHR “really wants to finish the top six”, New Zealand winger George Bridge promised in an interview with AFP before the reception. Caster on Saturday during the 22nd.

Q: Did you understand the elimination of Exeter in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup on Test difference?

A: “We were really disappointed: we put in a lot of effort. We played 100 minutes, we’re 14 after 49 minutes…but we showed character and we had a chance to win. It’s really frustrating but that’s the rule..we gained confidence with the way we played We showed a good face because until now maybe we didn’t always put in good performances… We were knocked out of the Champions Cup but we’re confident. Now we’re focused on finishing in the top 14. We have to finish in the top six. We have a few games left, and we’re We’re heading in the right direction.”

Q: It starts with Custer avenging the last finale.

A: “The final wasn’t really mentioned this week. We’re just focused on ourselves, we know where we are and we know we need a big performance. But Custer is an eye-catching team and it’s going to be a really tough game.”

Q: Do you still believe in the end game?

A: “I think there are six points between us and third place (actually eight between Montpellier, ninth with 48 points, Stade Français, third with 56 points, and RC Toulon currently sixth and last in qualifying for the final stage with 52 points. Editor’s note). We face Castres and we have the home advantage. Then we go to Bayonne and it will be huge. I’ve heard a lot about their stadium, “I know it’s going to be tough. We also have La Rochelle in Montpellier… It’s going to be tough games but we’re building on what we did against Exeter and Perpignan. We are all looking forward to playing these matches.”

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Q: Why did you choose Montpellier last summer?

A: “I’ve been in a complicated situation since coming off a few years where I had a pretty injured and somewhat mediocre season in Super Rugby. It was a tough decision, and I still had the opportunity to stay here and try my luck with the All Blacks ahead of the World Cup “But I felt it was the right time to come here and try something new. I’ve always been drawn to the top 14 and the Champions Cup. Montpellier had just won the league so when they called me it seemed like a great opportunity.”

Q: How do you see French rugby?

A: “It’s really amazing, isn’t it? Everyone says France, like Ireland, are favorites for the World Cup. They’re playing really well! “I wanted a change and that’s what I got! It’s a new challenge. With Montpellier, we had some bad performances, but like I said, I have the feeling that we are doing better and we are making progress. We really want to finish in the six.”

Interview conducted by Eltud David

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