Clermont wants to get off to a good start in 2023

Clermont wants to get off to a good start in 2023

Jagged results, turmoil caused by the announcement of the departure of Damien Benaud .. The Auvernates team is keen to restart the machine, as of Sunday evening against Toulouse (9 pm).

The Clermontois probably won’t wake up too late. A big challenge awaits them in Bosch in 2023, this Sunday at 9 pm: the reception of the Stade Toulousein, Top 14 leader. Defeat is forbidden to Marcel Michelin for several reasons. First, because the opponent has not won there in twenty years. A dark streak has begun in 2022 and Rouge et Noir will make sure to stop it. “It’s been twenty years since we won the Marcel Michelin, and we have to put in a lot of desire and intensity to get a result there.Melvin Gaminet at a press conference.

But the ASM also wants to regain momentum after a slow fall. Nevertheless, it was an attractive summer, with three wins in the first five matches out of 14. The staff recruited by Jono Gibbs for his second season in Auvergne managed to put up a fairly solid and effective match. Watch the great victories against La Rochelle (22-13) and Lyon (43-20). But that was before a stinging defeat against… Toulouse, in early October (46-10). Since then, the Yellow Army machine has stalled a bit, with first slips in particular at home against UBB (23-23) and Bayonne (20-25). The result, with a very weak balance sheet abroad (one win), Claremont can only hope for a top 10.e Current position.

Defend without forgetting to attack

Just before the Christmas break, Jaunards suffered from a stroke A disappointing defeat in its neighbor Brive (20-16).. They led the entire match, right up to the last minute, without worrying about the miraculous Brivistes. So what went wrong? Bolstered by the arrival of Jared Payne in the crew, the defense is up again, even if the bitch Johan Behregary regrets it.stupid mistakes“and the” Avoidable penaltiesLack of clarity symbols. Rather, attack and possession in the opposing camp were insufficient. “Our defense was effective but we clearly defended too much!Jono Gibbs was injured, according to the club’s official website.

Against Toulouse’s attacking fleet, it will certainly be necessary to defend well, but the New Zealand coach will not be content with that: “If we had to defend 80 minutes against Toulouse, we wouldn’t stay. We’ll have to create chances, keep the ball and play shots, not just defend.For the rest, though, 10e In standings, Overnats are banking on the extra spirit brought by the excitement of such a shock, and the sold-out Marcel-Michelin stadium. “Behergari asserts that the mind is there, we are hungry and we will be ready. No matter the situation, when you receive Stade Toulousain you have to play your best game anyway to compete.»

What is Damien Benaud’s reception?

For offense and production play, Clermont can count on the newfound competence of Alivereti Raka. The French international winger (5 caps) has had a scarce spell after an impressive start to the season, but has only dropped two tries in his last three matches. And of course, there’s eternal X Factor Damien Benaud, whose departure from UBB has just been announced. The 26-year-old winger has already signed up for the next three seasons in the Gironde, and therefore will leave his coaching club at the end of the season. A hard choice to swallow for Claremont supporters, however.lifted weightFor the person concerned, he admitted in the columns the team . And so he hopes Be more focused [sa] End of season with ASM.»

I want to end my adventure with Claremont in the best way, Penaud continues. My ambition is still intact.“From this, he will have to give evidence of the confrontation against Stade Toulousin, a club whose name has been invoked for a long time. In danger of suffering whistles falling from the stands.”The fans have been incredibly supportive during my eight years here. The enthusiasm is indescribable. We will need them until the end of the season.At Marcel Michelin, there will be give and take.

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