Top 14 – Brive Breakpoint vs Lyon

If successful against Lyon, Corresien could take a big step towards keeping him. For this, the Briviste can count on a very solid home defense.

This fight to avoid a flurry of entry between Perpignan and Brive has been like playing tennis in recent weeks… Week after weekend, the Catalans and Corrésienne are losing blow after blow. Sometimes Usap wins over Aimé-Giral when CAB loses on the move and vice versa. Yes, but before the European break, Mathieu Asebes’ teammates experienced a slight hitch on their turf against Montpellier, taking no points from the Brivistos with seven points remaining. That’s why Jeremy Davidson’s men were able to take advantage of this 23rd day to take a break by hosting Lyon when their direct rivals travel to La Rochelle, and thus, with only three days to go, to take a lead of more than ten points. regular season. But for this it will be necessary to defeat the Lyons, which is not easy. “We felt that the players were very focused from the very beginning of the week,” says Jeremy Davidson. – Lyon have a big game ahead of them, which is more vindictive after losing to Toulon. We know they have tested this assignment and that they are aiming for three wins in the last four rounds to qualify. Hold games always bring stress and a little pressure. There are a lot of expectations to get out of the red zone.” As you have already understood, next week’s match at Aimé Giral is out of the question, Saturday’s meeting with Lou is by far the most important in the battle for maintenance.

Irresistible home defense

But for that, Saeed Yresh’s teammates will be able to rely on extremely solid defense on their Amedée-Domenech turf. Corrésiens only conceded ten times at home in eleven games! No other club in the Top 14 plays better… It’s simple: CAB has never had more than two tries at home and has three clean sheets (match without cashing in a try). “We know it’s the defense that wins games, recognized center Guillaume Galletier after defeating Castres. We have to build on that to continue our last sprint and get that support.” “We know that houses are supposed to be intractable. The two games we lost (against La Rochelle and Bordeaux-Begles, editor’s note) we should have won.”regrets manager Corrèze.

On Saturday, the Brivistas will again be able to count on the activity of Retief Marais (170 tackles, the fourth most active player in the championship in this area), on the effectiveness of Esteban Abadi (only 5 misses out of 104). attempts) and the omnipresence of Said Ires (17 rucks, third in the top 14) to counter Lyon’s powerful attackers.

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